Gather with like minds in our community, enjoy fun, games, music, dance and more while helping us celebrate PRIDE in our town!
In partnership with the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council and the SAGA Club at Governor Livingston High School, The Summit Area YMCA is proud to host our annual community Pride Celebration on June 11, 4:30-6:30 PM at Columbia Park in Berkeley Heights. This free, family-friendly fun event welcomes all to celebrate and support love and equality in our community! Bring your friends, family, your picnic blankets and/or food to hang out with the Y and show your support!
We will also be collecting hygiene supplies and toiletries for New Alternatives in support of Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth in NYC through June 11. New Alternatives provides a range of services designed to help LGBTQ+ youth succeed in transitioning to stable adult lives and welcomes all youth as they are with no barriers to entry. Items requested are:
• Hand Sanitizer
• Soap or Body Wash
• Wet Wipes
• Dental floss
• Breath strips
• Small first aid kit
• Lip balm (ex. chapstick)
• Hair bands
Travel sized items preferred. Donations can be dropped off at the event or brought to the Berkeley Heights YMCA lobby at 59 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.
The Summit Area YMCA is the first Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation Network YMCA in New Jersey committed to creating a culture in which diversity and inclusion are integral to everyday operations. Through welcoming, inclusive practices and environments, we welcome and engage all people from all diverse groups of the community to help and create lasting, meaningful change. We at the Y realize that in order to better the world around us and for the future, we must unite and work towards the strengthening of the individual in mind, body and spirit. For a stronger individual. For a united community. For a better us.
The Berkeley Heights Diversity Council (BHDC) was established in 2014 by a small group of concerned residents eager to bring inclusiveness, increased dialog and change where needed to their town. The BHDC has, from the beginning, created opportunities for residents to learn about, share, and experience cultures, views, beliefs and experience. The BHDC is led by an Executive Board of diverse, passionate & energetic volunteers.
BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. We deepen our impact each time we transform a life for the better and we couldn't do it without you. Help us do more together by making a donation online today!