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.

Do you have a story to share? Share Your Y Story.

Meet Karen, one of our awesome Y members who wanted to try something new and participated in our Spring Challenge

“I love the group exercise classes and the family environment. It was a great beginning for me and now exercise is a big part of my life.”

Meet Allison, one of our awesome members who participated in our ‘Find Your Fit. Find Your Y.’ Spring Challenge

“I decided to join the Challenge because I wanted to lose more weight and get more fit. I figured if I sign up, I’m going to do it.”

Meet Terrine one of our Swim Team parent volunteers

“On the Swim Team, we can’t run any meet without parent volunteers. The parent volunteers are the backbone of the team. But as much as we need to put in, we definitely get back so much more.”

Meet Laventer and Zuma, two of our newest Y members who are visiting from Kenya as they train in the sport of curling

“Everyone here has become part of our family. The YMCA has been very supportive.”

Meet Sunitha, one of our newer members who is happy to have found a welcoming, supportive community at our Y

“I moved to this area in 2019, three months before the pandemic started. I was starting to get to know my neighbors and the neighborhoods a bit and then March came and everything went into lockdown.”

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.”