About Us

The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading charitable organizations. Our cause is to strengthen the community by nurturing the potential of every child, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

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. Our holistic approach to wellness focuses on building a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Our four branches are vital, vibrant, and valued centers in the community, which provide meaningful experiences for individuals and families. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 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.

All of our programs and services are infused with the Y core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility, which build character and enhance self-esteem. Such programs include youth sports leagues (soccer and basketball), parent-child programs (Adventure Guides), the 7th Grade Initiative, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, the Achievers Program, summer camp, child care, and assistance to military families, to name a few.

The Summit Area YMCA is also changing the way individuals, who are engaged in civic and charitable organizations, collaborate to provide practical and affordable answers to large-scale community issues such as child care, childhood obesity, and the achievement gap among students.

Because we are a volunteer-led organization, we are grateful for the time, talent, and resources that our volunteers share to advance the Y’s mission.