History

There’s no organization quite like the YMCA

Serving families across Summit, Berkeley Heights, Springfield, Millburn, Short Hills, New Providence, Gillette and Stirling, the Y is all about strengthening communities. We are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Lasting personal and social change comes about only when we all work together to achieve it.

Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.
We count on the generosity of our members and partners to keep our doors open for anyone who needs a place to go, to help them feel healthy, confident, connected and secure. Our Y is a place where people from all walks of life can feel like they belong, and our programs are accessible to one and all, regardless of ability to pay.


Timeline:

1886 – The Summit YMCA was founded
1912 – The Summit YMCA moved from Springfield Ave. to its current Maple St. location
1953 – The Lincoln YMCA merges with the Summit YMCA
1989 – Renovated the Summit YMCA ($4,250,000 raised in Capital Campaign)
1995 – Opened Berkeley Heights YMCA
2005 – Summit Child Care merged, becoming “The Learning Circle YMCA” for non-profit child care
2008 – Launched Endowment Campaign
2011 – Celebrated 125 years of service to the Community