Share what you can!  The Gateway Family YMCA is collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for those in need in our local communities this winter. Together with our members, volunteers, friends and partners, we make our community stronger by focusing on three priorities: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Items needed include all non-perishable food items (Canned or Boxed Food) soups, tuna, cereal, oatmeal, pasta, tomato sauce, chili, peanut butter, jelly, etc.  Toiletries and personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, disposable razors, diapers, wipes, etc. are also needed. Items will be distributed to our neighbors in need in the local community.

Donated items can be dropped off at any of our 4 local branches thru December 18th:

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  • Elizabeth Branch – 135 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ
  • Rahway Branch – 1564 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ
  • Five Points Branch – 201 Tucker Avenue, Union, NJ
  • Wellness Center Branch – 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ

“Giving back to the community is an important part of what the Y does every day.  The Gateway Family YMCA stands For Social Responsibility, because we truly are in this together, and together we can harness our individual strengths and bring about positive change around us,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. 

The Gateway Family YMCA is a not-for-profit community service membership organization working to meet the health and social service needs of the children, men and women in our local communities. Committed to the mission of building healthy lives through programs that strengthen spirits, minds and bodies for people of all ages, religions and cultures, the Y serves over 15,000 individuals and families.  All of our programs are tools the YMCA uses to achieve its vision of strengthening the foundations of community and to reinforce the Y’s core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.

To learn more about The Gateway Family YMCA and its community service projects visit  For more information, contact the Elizabeth Branch 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch 908-388-0057, or the Wellness Center Branch 908-349-9622 or visit us at