HACKENSACK, NJ - The Greater Bergen County YMCA is honoring local military members and veterans by inviting them to come and use the Y at no cost during the month of November.

The Y will also waive the joiners fee for active military, reserve military and veterans who become new Y members at any time of the year.

“This is one way we can give back to our servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe,” said Bill Kanas, director of membership sales and service at the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which includes the Greater Bergen County YMCA. “The YMCA provides a place where service members can work on their wellness goals and socialize with other members of the community in a warm and welcoming environment.”

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To take advantage of these benefits, military members and veterans will have to show proof of their service, such as a DD214 form.

Active and reserve duty service members and their families may also eligible for discounted membership rates through the Military Outreach Initiative offered through the YMCA’s contract with the Department of Defense. To determine if you are eligible for this benefit, visit the Armed Services YMCA website.

Contact your local YMCA for more information about military memberships and to learn about veterans appreciation events planned at your branch.


Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.