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Gateway Family YMCA offering free local membership

The Gateway Family YMCA has announced a new free community membership initiative, available to all individuals in communities served in Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County, with registration available at

“Everyone belongs at the Gateway Family YMCA,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO of The Gateway Family YMCA. “Our Y is thrilled to offer this innovative community initiative to intentionally meet the community health needs of our friends and neighbours. We are happy to welcome everyone to our Y family!

Community Membership is an opportunity for everyone to participate in designated Y programs, special events and communications through free membership designed to provide access for everyone, while staying connected to each other and to the community. Community Membership includes a sampling of free and paid YMCA programs and special events, specifically cultivated with community health, chronic disease management and the YMCA mission in mind. More information is available at

“At Gateway Family YMCA, we have always lived up to our mission, to be for all,” said Melynda A. Mileski, executive vice president, chief operating officer. “We believe the Community Membership Initiative is a natural evolution of our commitment to increasing the reach, access and affordability of programs, services and events that shape health equity in every community we serve. »

Since 1900, The Gateway Family YMCA has served the local community, focusing on programs and services that empower young people, improve health and well-being, and inspire action within and across communities. With a focus on small group social opportunities, family activities and events, chronic disease management support, and volunteer opportunities, Gateway Family YMCA community membership includes programs and activities such as blood pressure self-monitoring, diabetes education management, lifeguard and CPR training, LiveSTRONG at YMCA, virtual WISE community services, residential housing programs, Healthy Kids Day , Senior Health and Fitness Day, YMCA member socials and community open houses.

“Community membership provides another intentional outreach initiative, to ensure that we provide support and connection for all,” said Rodger D. Koerber, vice president of operations. “We work every day to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live their healthiest lives, help people overcome barriers, and improve access to health-promoting resources. With the Y, you’ll find countless opportunities to connect with your neighbors, give back to your community, and perform at your best.

“We like to say that the Y is not a building. It’s people from all walks of life and walks of life coming together to better their lives, raise their families, and strengthen our community, together,” said Colleen A. Clayton, Director of Recruitment and Development. “Access for All is not a new concept for us. Our commitment to our community has always included financial assistance, which is directly supported by our annual campaign donors, ensuring that everyone has access to programs, services and membership.

As part of the launch of the Community Membership Initiative, the Gateway Family YMCA is celebrating a Find Your Summer Open House July 28-31 at Y Branches in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union, including swimming and family basketball, aquatic exercise and group exercise programs. This special event is free and open to the community. Additional details are available at

For more information about The Gateway Family YMCA, Community Membership Initiative, or YMCA programs, visit or contact Elizabeth Branch 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch 732-388-0057, Wellness Center and WISE Center Branch 908-349-9622 or Youth Development Branch 908-355-3061.

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