Social Responsibility

There are many ways throughout the year the Y responds to its call to action to be socially responsible.

The movement looks to help meet the needs of society in many different areas. 

In many ways, as Social Responsibility is an area of focus, the Y's other areas of focus Healthy Living and Youth Development feed Social Responsibility. As the Y endeavors to engage youth in swim lessons (drowning being the second cause of death in children) to obesity intervention and diabetes education, the Y becomes socially responsible while tackling these issues that our community and most times our whole country faces. 

There are other times in where the Y will have specific programs that fall under Social Responsibility for example hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive, hosting free community events that engage children and families in healthy, fun and educational ways to hosting seminars for seniors with their changing needs for medical insurance to health screenings. This is where historically the movement from many became misunderstood. The vast array of programs and activities almost made the Y seem like a service oriented movement with no goal, mission or organization. 

Since the re-branding in July of 2010 most of that has changed. The Y movement today is focused, organized and communicates what the Y does, and how we do it. The reason for being, the reason why the Y does what it does is to build the foundation of community. When there is an issue in the community, the Y responds. This is why not every Y is the same-every community is different and has different needs. This is also why you'll see different programs in different Y's. This lends itself to Social Responsibility.

This section of our website should be checked often. The activities that are part of Social Responsibility will always be in other areas of our website (like our programs or news events) but most often we find the fuzzy, feel good activities or the "thank goodness I really needed that" type of activities that make participants feel really good about themselves, their families, their children, or relieved etc..are found here. 


Member-led Community Service program

Togetherhood invites Y members to activate their social responsibility by participating in the Y’s cause to strengthen community. Togetherhood provides Y members with fun, convenient and rewarding ways to give back and support their neighbors.

Togetherhood is the YMCA’s Signature Program for Social Responsibility. This program invites Y members to lead and participate in volunteer service projects that benefit the community where they live.

The program is run through individual Y branches as a partnership between a committee of members and a Y Staff Advisor. It is designed to be a simple, fun and rewarding way for members to identify ways that they can give back and support their neighbors through their own ideas, skills and energy, and the network of the Y

If you'd like to participate or have a cause, a concern or an area of the community you'd like to see improvement on-please contact our program adviser Tara at

As part of Togetherhood we cook at Meals With A Mission once a month-the first Wednesday of each month. To participate with our team, contact Tara.

We are also running a Back To School Supply Drive until 8/28/16. Donated supplies can be dropped off at 33 Outwater Lane.


Through the generosity of Y contributors, our goal is to have sufficient funds to ensure our Y remains available to all. Thanks to our generous donors to our Annual Campaign, we are able to make the Y accessible through our Financial Assistance Program. These gifts provide scholarships for individuals and families who want and need Y programs, but cannot afford them.

To apply for financial assistance, please click here to download an application or pick up an application at your branch. When completed and supporting documentation is ready please call the YMCA to make an appointment for intake. At that appointment you will submit the completed application along with the requested supporting financial documentation. If paperwork or supporting documentation is not complete, the request will not be considered.  

Financial assistance is supported in part through contributions to the Annual Campaign.  To learn more about how you can support the Garfield YMCA please contact Marisa at 973-928-2970 or