Welcoming Week



Strong communities thrive on unity and understanding. At the Summit Area YMCA, we're passionate about weaving together the diverse threads of our community to create a vibrant tapestry.

What's Happening?

Welcoming Week! A nationwide celebration initiated by the YMCA of the USA's partner, Welcoming America. It's our chance to bridge the gap, immerse ourselves in cross-cultural exchanges, and amplify the strength that emerges from our shared diversity. As a special gift to you, the Summit Area YMCA is offering FREE 7-day passes (redeem here) followed by zero joining fees if you sign-up to become a member! 

Why Celebrate?

It’s a commitment, not just a celebration. Across cities and towns, thousands will gather during Welcoming Week, shining a light on the beauty of an inclusive society. Let's envision a world where everyone, regardless of origin, genuinely feels they belong.

Values that Bind Us

Though we wear many hats—as neighbors, parents, colleagues—our shared values remain steadfast. This week, let’s rekindle our commitment to those values, ensuring everyone in New Jersey feels truly at home.


Join the Movement!

From September 8 to September 17, the Summit Area YMCA proudly stands with this nationwide movement. And for those curious about what’s on offer? Our detailed schedule of events, celebrating both diversity and unity, will be posted right below. Dive in, find an event that speaks to you, and be a part of something special.

Come, celebrate with us at the Y! Let’s highlight the stories, the places, and the shared values that make our community a welcoming home for all. Your journey with us begins right below. Dive into the schedule and be part of the magic.


Please note: All guests must sign in and fill out a guest waiver upon entry or online before participating in any activities requiring registration. Guests ages 18 years and over must show a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID to enter our YMCA locations.  





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.