For over 130 years, the Summit Area YMCA (SAY) has provided programs and services dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We believe in uplifting and supporting our community, through good times and challenging times. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every individual has access to opportunities to learn, grow and thrive, our team of YMCA Wellness Staff, Child Care and Youth Enrichment staff have put together a number of free resources to share with the community.
From virtual workouts to stay active and healthy, to activities for all ages to continue learning and discovering, to mindfulness resources to help maintain mental wellness, we hope you find these helpful, whether you are at the Y or at home.
Virtual workouts are available through the SAY's YouTube channel through the Virtual Y Wellness at Home playlist, as well as through Y360, a YMCA web platform and YouTube channel with exercise videos including: Barre, Bootcamp, Y Box, Tai Chi, Cardio, Yoga, Weightlifting, Senior Fitness, Youth Soccer Instruction, Sports Performance training, Kids Activities and more. Other free resources included are Les Mills, MOSSA and LifeTime.
Additionally, the SAY provides a variety of activities and learning opportunities for kids as young as infants through school age and teens. Resources for college students are also available to use as they cope with moving out of school and back home. Parents and guardians will also find valuable resources and tips on guiding their children and families through these challenging times. Most notably, as a the state of New Jersey's first and premier Diversity, Inclusion and Global Network YMCA, the Summit Area YMCA encourages all to enjoy activities provided by the Kids for Peace organization and take the Peace Pledge, so that youth in our community may learn and practice kindness, respect, and inclusion towards all during these times.
Seniors, older adults and caregivers may also find helpful resources for maintaining good health, mental wellness as well as access to food, benefits information and more.
"I've said this before and I will keep saying this over and over again. Our doors may be closed, but our mission is open. So long as the Y is in a community, we will never stop finding ways to strengthen and support families, our youth and seniors, and those who are in need. These virtual resources are just the tip of the iceberg of what we are doing to help out." said Paul Kieltyka, President and CEO of the Summit Area YMCA. "Our staff and volunteers are working hard to develop activities and methods of keeping in contact with our members and families. We are calling seniors and at-risk members to check in on their safety. Through the Family Backpack Program, we are delivering backpacks of food from the Community Food Bank to families facing food insecurity. We are collecting supplies and food in collaboration with GRACE. And we are only able to do this with the support of our community, setting up blood drives at the Y with the American Red Cross. At this critical time, we ask that our members stay with us, so that we can continue to do this important work and to get through these challenging times together. The need is now greater than ever."
To learn more about the Family Backpack program, visit www.thesay.org/fbpp.
To donate food and supplies to families and individuals in need, learn more at www.thesay.org/supplydrive
Learn more about our Blood Drive at https://www.thesay.org/Blog/Article/565/Emergency-Blood-Drive-at-the-Berkeley-Heights-YMCA
Members of the SAY have the option of donating their membership dues to the Summit Area YMCA to help our nonprofit organization continue supporting the community, and all donations and gifts are welcome. Please visit www.thesay.org/give for more information.
May all be healthy and safe!