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 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.”