About Us

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.


Serving the community for 90 years 

  • Service area: Garfield, Saddle Brook, Elmwood Park, Lodi, Wallington, Fairlawn, Passaic, and Clifton



Our Cause

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn and grow.

Who We Are

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.


  • Youth Development - Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
    Nine million youth are taking a greater interest in learning; making smarter life choices; and cultivating the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, the pursuit of higher education and goal achievement.
  • Healthy Living - Improving the nation’s health and well-being.
    Millions of adults and youth receive the support, guidance, and resources needed to achieve better health and well-being.
  • Social Responsibility - Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
    Across the country, the Y helps people give back and assist their neighbors by offering them opportunities to volunteer, advocate and support programs that strengthen community.

The Y’s Impact

  • More than 2,600 locations in 10,000 communities across the country.
  • 21 million people (12 million adults and 9 million youth) of all ages, incomes, backgrounds, and abilities come to the Y to learn, grow and thrive.
  • 500,000 volunteers – kids, parents, individuals, and business and community leaders –are personally vested in strengthening their communities.
  • 20,000 full-time staff
  • 64 million households and 32 million children ages 14 and under live within three miles of a YMCA, while 1,518 YMCAs serve communities where the median family income is below the U.S. average

Involvement at the Y

The Y hopes to engage more people in the communities it serves whether it is as a member, volunteer, supporter or advocate. All play a vital role in strengthening our communities. To learn more visit ymca.net. Each YMCA association is an independent, autonomous organization with its own governing board, professional staff, and assets.

Making Charitable Donations to the Y

Your charitable donation to the YMCA will help us continue to serve our mission and help families in need of those services. For example, charitable donations can be used to set up scholarship funds, purchase new equipment, or deliver new programs. Corporate sponsorships of events are also possible. No amount is too small, and every gift helps make a difference. If you are interested in making a gift to the Y, you may send your check made out to the Garfield YMCA to 33 Outwater Lane Garfield NJ 07026. To discuss your gift further, or for more information please email garfieldymca@optonline.net for an appointment.  Online gifts are also accepted by following this link

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