Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. | Collection Drives at the Y

Giving back and strengthening the places where we live, work and play can help to heal our differences through a common cause. As part of the Summit Area YMCA mission of social responsibility, we believe in reaching out to our community and working together to uplift each other. As a cause-driven, volunteer-led organization, our volunteers are advocates for a better tomorrow. We view them as shining examples of social responsibility and rely on them to pitch in and help those less fortunate.

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and throughout January 2022, you can make a difference by participating in our annual MLK Jr. Day of Service Coat Drive and Supplies Collection Drive, or by signing up to become a volunteer today.


This January, the Summit Area YMCA will be hosting a collection drive in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., a man whose leadership from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968 advanced civil rights for African Americans in the United States. Martin Luther King, Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals. He went on to lead similar campaigns against poverty and international conflict, always maintaining fidelity to his principles that men and women everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family.*

mlk jr. day coat drive

When: Through January 17
Where: Berkeley Heights YMCA & Summit YMCA
How: There will be drop-off collection boxes at both branches and donations are open to the public. For the Summit YMCA, please visit the back entrance (Cedar Street) to drop off coat donations. For the Berkeley Heights YMCA, please visit the front entrance to drop off coat donations.


Monday - Friday: 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Monday - Friday: 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM


the learning circle supplies collection drive

When: Through January 17
Where: The Learning Circle YMCA
How: There will be drop-off collection boxes at the front and back entrance of The Learning Circle YMCA. 

Items Needed: 

• Socks
• Flip flops
• Shower curtains
• Soap
• Lotion
• Shampoo
• Conditioner
• Hand sanitizer
• Dental care items
• Feminine hygiene products
• Masks
• Toilet paper
• Tissues
• First aid supplies


The Learning Circle YMCA
Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM


Questions? Contact:


Tiffany Escott

Mission Advancement and Development Director

(908) 464-8373





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.