The Showcase Magazine - Salutes

By Lauren Holstein

YMCAs have a longstanding tradition of bringing meaningful change to the individuals and communities they surround. Over 145 years ago, Somerset County and Plainfield YMCA began their tradition of bringing meaningful change to the Basking Ridge, Bedminster, Bernardsville, Bound Brook, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Far Hills, Franklin, Green Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, Millington, Montgomery, Peapack-Gladstone, Plainfield, Raritan, Somerville, Warren, and Watchung communities. Today the Y has grown to nearly 30,000 members. They remain focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Whether strengthening the foundation of youth development, focusing on healthy living, social responsibility, or childcare services, the Y offers programs to meet the needs of the community it serves.

Somerset County and Plainfield YMCA is a charitable community service organization, dedicated to helping all people grow in spirit, mind, and body,” explains David Carcieri, CEO. “As a cause-driven organization, we provide direct financial assistance to support local individuals who struggle financially, physically and emotionally to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.” Last year alone Somerset County and Plainfield YMCA provided over $1.9 million in community program support and direct financial assistance to qualifying individuals and families.

The Y also provides several mission-based programs and services at its branches. Some of these include LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, which supports cancer survivors and their families through physical and social activities. Another program is the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. The Y also offers a specialized fitness program called Delay the Disease™ designed to empower those living with Parkinson's disease.

 For members, the Y encourages healthy lifestyles and an overall sense of well-being for the entire family. In addition to a fitness center, they provide personal training and nutrition programs that connect members of all ages with shared interests. “Through our array of fitness options, we are working to support the total health of the many communities served by our branches," says Carcieri.

 With families in mind, the Y provides several childcare programs. Quality childcare services include on-site babysitting while members work out, daycare, early childhood education, school-age childcare, and summer camp. The Y also teaches thousands of children and adolescents to swim, a skill they believe makes life safer and more fun. 

 While working to strengthen communities across all five branches, Somerset County and Plainfield YMCA continually reinvests in its facilities to ensure the Y is positioned to meet the needs of members and the community. "Somerville YMCA recently underwent a $3 million revitalization that included a complete renovation of its fitness center, enhancements to its six-lane pool; remodeled locker rooms with improved accessibility, as well as improvements to climate control and ventilation," says Carcieri. Carcieri also shared that Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge is presently undergoing a $7 million, 14,000-square-foot expansion and renovation project that will result in expanded fitness facilities, three new multipurpose studios, an expanded Spin® studio, and more. The Hillsborough YMCA is slated to begin its own substantial renovation project this fall.

 If interested in becoming a member or getting more involved with your community to deliver mission-driven programs, supporting your overall health and well-being, and providing opportunities to give back to our neighbors, visit for more information!