Welcome One and All: Welcoming Week starts 9/10 through 9/19

On September 10 through September 19, 2021, the Summit Area YMCA will join in the nationwide movement with Y-USA and Welcoming America in Welcoming Week — a week of events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees, as well as inspire people to build inclusive communities that embrace immigrants and foster opportunity for all.

The Summit YMCA and The Berkeley Heights YMCA will open its doors to the community for various special activities as well as a chance to connect with neighbors in a nurturing environment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. We welcome all, regardless of financial or physical circumstance and we strive every day to promote understanding, tolerance and compassion within our community.

Welcoming Week is open to the public - Members and Non-Members are welcome to participate in the week-long event and learn about different cultures, traditions, music, dance, fitness, and wellness. 

Learn more about the schedule of activities and group exercises classes at www.thesay.org/welcoming-week.



“Welcoming Week is an opportunity for neighbors – both immigrants and U.S.-born residents – to learn about each other and celebrate our shared values. It's a time of empathy, education and connection," said Larrie Graham, Membership Director at the Summit YMCA.

Please note: Community members must sign-in and fill out a guest waiver at the front desk before any class or facility usage. The above schedule is subject to change without notice. Please contact our member services team or front desk staff with any questions about events or registration.



In 1886, we were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association, but today, we are The Y. An association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. We stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — For a better us. We are committed to creating equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, age, disability, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive culture in which our four core values — responsibility, honesty, caring and respect — are integral to everyday operations.

Each year, as one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA serves more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the New Jersey communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Our history is rooted in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those in need.