Find Your Y

As a not-for-profit organization, the Y is dedicated to strengthening community with a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. At FSPY, we believe we have something special – a sense of community – where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Every day, we are inspired by our community – our members, staff, volunteers and donors – working together, side-by-side to bring about lasting personal and social growth. Read their stories here.

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Meet Mei, a longtime member of our Y who recently joined the Togetherhood Committee

“We joined the Y not long after our son was born in 2005. We started my son in swim classes when he was very young, and then the Y turned into a place for our whole family.”

Meet Grishma, the chair of our Togetherhood Committee, a volunteer-led initiative aimed at helping others in our community

“The past almost two years have made me realize that although money is important, if you’re not out there helping someone, you are missing out.”

Meet Bill, one of our YMCA members and a veteran who served in the US Army

“On Veterans Day, like I did last year, I’m going to play Taps outside my house as part of the program Taps Across America.”

Meet Angela, a LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA graduate and breast cancer survivor

“I knew I needed to keep healthy both mentally and physically. My doctors tell me that if I didn’t come to the Y to exercise, I’d be a lot worse off.”

As part of Welcoming Week, we visited our café to ask our members what makes them feel welcome

From left to right is Gina, Ted, Doris and Indira, who say anyone is welcome to join them in the café any day!

Meet Vicki, a longtime member of our Y who recently graduated from our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program

“I think it’s really important to keep physically fit. It’s important for your weight, for your emotional health and for your mental health.”  

Meet John, our longtime member who turns 100 today!

John has been a member of our Y for around 40 years and can be seen almost daily in our Wellness Center.

Meet Patricia, who joined our Y with her husband Robert in 2015, and has enjoyed using our Wellness Center ever since

“We joined as a senior couple after reading about a ‘Father’s Day’ promotion. The Y is part of our family history, however, since our two children (now in their 40s) learned to swim at the Y and our son attended the pre-k program.”

Meet Allen and Kevin, a father and son who recently spoke at our We Are Y Strong Campaign Kick Off about why coming to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is important to them

“We originally started with the YMCA’s Special Olympics program, the swimming team. Kevin was part of the team that trained here and then would compete at the state level.”

Meet Rebecca, a member of our Swim Team who appreciates all our Y has done for her over the years 

“My family has been part of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA for about six years now. We originally joined FSPY for the Swim Team.”

Meet Kaneez, a dedicated FSPY member who has always enjoyed the sense of community at the Y

“My family has had a membership with the Y for about 18 years, since we moved to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community.”

Meet Karen, a longtime Y member who has been trying new group exercise classes and staying healthy in mind, body and spirit

“I enjoy the many close friendships I’ve made over the years with both members and instructors, some which go back 27 years and are still going strong today!”

Meet Lourdes, Dan, Alessandra and Isabela, one of our Y families participating in both our Child Care and Virtual Learning programs

“We have been members of the Y for three years. As new residents of Scotch Plains at the time, we joined the Y in an effort to acclimate and network with members of our local community.”

Meet Ann Marie, Andrew, Jack and Ella, one of our Child Care families who enjoy the friendships, caring atmosphere and learning the program provides

“Jack has been in the Y’s Child Care program since he was 6 months old. He started in the infant room and this is our 4th year in the program.”

Meet Ruth, Dan and Arlo, one of our Child Care families who are happy to be back at the Y

“Our son Arlo has been in the child care program for the last two years, since he was about eight months old. Two things really stood out about the Y’s program as opposed to some others in the area – one is we really liked that the Y had a focus on physical activity as well as socialization and academics.”

Meet Veronica and Atticus, who have been part of our Y Child Care family for over 4 years

“Atticus has been at the Y’s Child Care program for 4 years and 4 months. When we toured the YMCA while picking child care providers, the child care wing was still under construction. We saw the potential of what the Y was building and what they were aiming to achieve.”

Meet Andy, one of our longtime members who has been taking our outdoor group exercise classes since we began to reopen our doors

“I have been a member of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA for over 30 years. Until I retired in 2017, I was commuting to Manhattan and needed a gym with flexible hours close-by to squeeze in any workouts that I could.”

Meet Margaret, one of our longtime members who has been taking outdoor exercise classes at our Y since we reopened

“I joined the Y in 1993. Before the closure, my work schedule allowing, I went to the Y every morning, Monday through Friday for 1 to 2 classes.”

Meet Val, one of our members who started her Y journey in our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for cancer survivors

“I have been a member of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA for five years. I first joined the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program after treatment for breast cancer.”

Meet Maureen, one of our dedicated members who is happy to be back in the pool

“I joined the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y 20 years ago to learn how to swim properly. Before COVID-19, I would swim four to five times a week and use the Wellness Center on the other days….

Meet Elisa, John, Mara, Brenna and Luke, one of our awesome Summer Camp families

“We’ve been members of the Y for 9 years. We initially joined for swim lessons for our oldest daughter.”

Meet Mary, Matt, Jack and Abby, members of our Y for almost 15 years who have become part of our Swim Team family

“We have been members of the Y since 2006. We joined when our son Jack was 6 months old and we wanted to sign him up for swim lessons. Water safety and teaching our kids how to swim was very important for us.”

Meet Bernadette, a member of our Y for over four decades who is staying connected by participating in our live classes and following our YouTube fitness videos

“I have been enjoying membership at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA for about 41 years. I joined to participate in activities that promote physical, emotional and mental health and to become acquainted with members of the community.”

Meet Kirsten, Antonio, Ant and William, one of our Y families who are staying connected and staying with us to help us reopen as strong as before

“We joined the Y in Spring 2010 after our first son, Ant, was born so we could participate in parent/child swim and gymnastics class.”

Meet Anne, one of our dedicated members who got healthy and fit in retirement and is looking forward to when our doors reopen

“I joined the Y in January of 2017. I was employed as a clinical social worker in a psychiatric inpatient unit, and was fortunate to be able to take early retirement.”

Meet Julie, a participant in our MS Land and Water Exercise Programs who enjoys the camaraderie and support the programs provide

“A doctor had suggested working out in the water to help ease the symptoms of my MS.”

Meet Talib, one of our newest Board Members who is passionate about the Y’s mission and enjoys helping others in our community

“I started coming here as a member five years ago. In 2015, before I moved to Scotch Plains, I knew I needed to be healthier. I had hypertension and was overweight and I had to do something about it.”

Meet Susan, one of our longtime members turned swim instructors who enjoys coming to the Y to exercise and socialize

“I joined about 18 years ago when my oldest was a baby. I was looking for a gym that offered babysitting so I could exercise. Over the years, the Y has provided my family with classes to meet our needs at every stage.”

Meet Eric, one of our dedicated members who was inspired by his family to lose weight and get healthy

“Two years ago, I was 43 years old and 398 pounds, that was my heaviest. I decided to undergo weight loss surgery, a lot because of my 8-year-old daughter Avery. I started thinking, how many 70-year-olds do you know who weigh 400 pounds? I didn’t know any.”

Meet Eunice, one of our senior members who learned to swim at our Y and realized you can achieve your goals at any age

“After I retired, I came to the Y to work out. Someone suggested to me that I try the pool. I saw the older women in it and wanted to try. At first, I didn’t think it was possible because of my age.”

Meet Darlene, a longtime Y member who decided to begin her fitness journey almost two decades ago

Never an “exerciser,” Darlene was pleasantly surprised by how good working out made her feel. “I never exercised, ever. I didn’t like to sweat. In the early 2000s when my kids were young, one day out of total curiosity, I decided to see if I could run a mile. I did it and then started running regularly.”

Giving Children a Place to Feel Safe and Have Fun: Read Morgan, Dave and Maya’s Story

“We started coming to the Y in the summer of 2017. We moved to New Jersey in the beginning of that year. Morgan is a stay-at-home mom and started with parent and child dance and gymnastics classes, and Dave started with swim classes on the weekends.”

Giving Children A Safe Place to Grow and Thrive: Read Virginia and Eleni’s Story

Six-year-old Virginia along with her 4 ½-year-old sister Eleni, has been part of our Child Care and Camp programs since she was a toddler. Their parents, Nadia and Kurt, explain what they enjoy about being part of our Y family.

Discovering A Place to Belong: Read Kirsten and Antonio’s Story

Antonio, who is now 9, started with parent and child swim lessons when he was 6 months old. Over the years, he’s done swimming, gymnastics, Ninja Warrior, basketball, Young Athletes and T-ball.

Getting Healthy and Giving Back: Read Edwin’s Story

Edwin is a longtime FSPY Member and Board Member who enjoys using our Wellness Center each morning. “My family moved to Scotch Plains in 2003. We had two children at the time – now we have three – and the Y has been an integral part of our lives since we moved.”

Learning You’re Not Alone: Read Marion’s Story

“My neighbor Donna (Peart) works at the Y and told me about the LIVESTRONG® program for cancer survivors. I started right after my last radiation treatment that August. I tried it, was able to get through the first two hours and I said ‘I can do this.’ I never missed a day the whole 12 weeks.”

Becoming a Passionate Volunteer and Mental Health Advocate: Read Gayle’s Story

Gayle is a longtime FSPY member who volunteers as a mental health advocate with the Here 2 Help Mental Health Coalition, which includes our YMCA. “I started here as a member in 1989 when my oldest daughter was 2 years old. All three of my girls took swim instruction here and were lifeguards here, and my younger two swam competitively at the Y as well as in high school and college.”

Finding Fun and Fitness for the Whole Family: Read the Jones Family’s Story

Raina, 6, and Sophia, 8 are sisters who have participated in a range of FSPY programs, including swim lessons, Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics, dance and camp. Dad Ryan and mom Sophia, look forward to starting the newest addition to the family, Ryan, 1, in swim lessons soon, too.

Developing Lasting Friendships: Read Rose’s Story

“My family and I started at the Grand Street location, the old Y. I grew up at the Y, my children went through the programs and so did my grandchildren.”

Her Favorite Place in the Community: Read Alana’s Story

Alana is an FSPY member and fourth grader at Evergreen Elementary School who was asked to write a report on her favorite place in the community. “I chose the Y because it serves the community and I like places that serve the community.”