YMCA of Fanwood - Scotch Plains

For Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility

aka YMCA of Fanwood-Scotch Plains   |   Scotch Plains, NJ   |  https://fspymca.org/

Mission

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the individuals, families and communities we serve through programs and services that build wholeness of spirit, mind and body. The YMCA is a not-for-profit organization founded on Christian principles, serving people of all ages, races, faith, cultures and socio-economic conditions.

Ruling year info

1966

Chief Executive Officer

Kimberley Decker

Main address

1340 Martine Ave

Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 USA

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EIN

22-1589199

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) is a cause-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities we serve through value-based programs and services focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our intent is to ensure youth have opportunities to develop skills needed for successful living, to support individuals and families towards improving overall health and well-being and to foster and strengthen social and support networks, encouraging investment in our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Child Care

At the Y, we nurture the potential of every child and teen. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they really are and what they can achieve. Our Childcare programs provide working parents with a safe, secure place to send their children when they are at work.
Our state-licensed child care programs include:
• 12-month full day educational child care for children ages 3 month to 5 years
• Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness program for ages 2 ½ to 4 years
• School Age Child Care Before and After Care programs for public elementary and middle schools in Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

We offer swim lessons for kids and adults that include water safety instruction, aquatic fitness classes, and lifeguard training.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Healthy Living initiatives include evidence-based physical activity programs for older adults who wish to improve their balance, strength, and movement, and exercise programs specifically designed for people living with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA offers summer day camps for preschool-age kids to teens to enjoy fun activities, make new friends, express their creativity and achieve personal growth when school is out.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

We offer a variety of programs and services that promote fitness and wellness for all ages including group exercise programs and personal training options to help individuals achieve their health and wellness goals.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA offers sports activities for all ages from preschool to adult, as well as a number of dance classes for ages 18 months and up. Private music lessons for beginners through advanced musicians are also available.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Health Management programs provide individuals with the support, guidance and resources needed to get on the path to healthy living. They include chronic disease prevention and intervention programs including LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA for cancer survivors, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention and Self-management Programs, and the YMCA's Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with diseases and illnesses

The 7th Grade initiative is a free one-year membership for 7th grade students in the community that supports and encourages kids to make good decisions and form healthy habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Y strives to support all individuals and families affected by mental and physical challenges. Be Social is a night out for adults with special needs. Be Social provides an opportunity for adults to interact with their peers in a social setting.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals. In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. This free program for cancer survivors and their caregivers is made possible through donor support.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of financial scholarships awarded.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Financial scholarships are offered to individuals and families who live and work in the communities we serve and demonstrate need of financial assistance to help pay for programs and membership.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in unrestricted contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Youth Development - All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, under the guidance of adults who care about them and believe in their potential. We see every interaction with young people as an opportunity for learning and development. Our youth and teen programs focus on the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement — all grounded in the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Healthy Living – The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families in our community with a focus on balance and developing individuals and family connections. We want to help people of all ages achieve their individual health goals and bring their families closer together. We give people the knowledge, inspiration and support to stay active, eat healthy and prevent or manage chronic diseases, and we provide them with opportunities to connect with others and get involved with their communities. It all adds up to greater health and well-being in spirit, mind and body.

Social Responsibility - The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA believes in giving back and supporting our neighbors. We have been listening and responding to the community's most critical social needs for the last five decades, by developing skills through education and training, addressing emotional well-being, preventing chronic disease and building a healthier community through collaborations and partnerships with local organizations.

Youth Development
Whether in preschool, child care or a youth sports program, the Y provides a safe environment to nurture social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. The Y's holistic youth programs and experiences help our youth to develop positive behaviors and values, support self-esteem and cultivate better health and educational success. We believe in serving the needs of all members of our community including those who may not be able to pay the full cost of membership, child care or programs.

Healthy Living
The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will continue to develop programming to meet the changing needs within our community. We are dedicated to expanding the Y's healthy eating and physical activity standards and strategies into all areas of our community through a collaborative community approach that elevates well-being, prevention and health maintenance. We will continue to support the needs of the under-served and developing partnerships to help support those needs.

Social Responsibility
Through collaborations with local partners the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA provides support to those in need. We activate resources and engage people from diverse populations for individual and collective action to develop solutions to the key issues facing our community, collaborate with policymakers to strengthen and support the well-being of our community, and encourage investment in our community.

Y programs are accessible, inclusive, and open to all members of our community. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA offers a financial assistance program to ensure that no one is turned away from participating Y membership or programs due to inability to pay.

Since 1947, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) has been a cornerstone of the communities we serve. It was founded by leaders of the community to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure. Over the course of 70 years, the Y has expanded its programming, facility and services to continuously meet community needs. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA currently serves over 9,000 members from our service areas of Fanwood, Scotch Plains and Clark and surrounding communities. The FSPY employs nearly 400 part- and full-time employees who show up each day dedicated to developing the potential of children, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility. We offer over 1,200 programs for people of all ages and abilities and continually expand or update programs to meet our members’ needs and interests.

The Y welcomes people of all abilities, ages, races, religions, cultures, gender, sexual orientation and financial circumstances. We strive to make everyone feel welcome, connected and supported. Our donor-supported financial assistance program ensures that no one is ever turned away from a Y membership or program due to financial hardship. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA offered $397,460 in financial assistance to 740 individuals and families in need.

Over the past five years, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA has fulfilled its mission to strengthen community in the following ways:

Youth Development
• The Y continues to serve a community need for child care with our School Age Child Care program, which grew 20% in morning care and nearly 6% in afternoon care from 2017/2018 to 2018/2019
• In 2018 alone, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA taught swim lessons and water safety to over 3,900 youth providing them with life-saving water safety skills
• In 2018, the Early Childhood Education program was approved by the state to enroll in Grow New Jersey Kids, New Jersey’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, which provides a framework for early child care programs to continue to meet high quality standards
• Offer free 7th grade memberships, largely supported through Annual Campaign donations, continues to support and encourage kids to form habits that lead to an overall healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Living
• The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y partners with the Scotch Plains Mayor’s Wellness Campaign to promote healthy living throughout the community and participate in health events, including the United for a Cause 5K, in partnership with the Scotch Plains Fanwood PTA which raises funds for college scholarships and LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA.
• We expanded the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program to neighboring communities and health centers
• In 2019, our Y received CDC full recognition for the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program meeting all the parameters of success including 5% sustained weight loss after 1 year with the program and benchmarks for attendance, exercising and keeping food records
• The Y has worked with 312 cancer survivors in the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program over the past 8 years
• We continue to establish partnerships with other nonprofits and organizations to provide health and wellness education, support and resources to our community

Social Responsibility
• The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is a member and co-leader of the Here2Help Mental Health Coalition offering mental health workshops led by professional organizations to address key issues in mental health
• We serve as a member of the community special needs task force to identify needs, programs and services for the special needs community
• In the last year, donations to the Annual Campaign increased by over 7% and the Y offered $397,460 in financial assistance giving 740 individuals and families the opportunity to participate in Y programs and membership
• Each year we provide opportunities for over 500 program and policy volunteers to help further the Y’s cause and for staff and volunteers of all ages to give back to the community through donation drives, service days and special events

In 2020, our strategic planning committee will review and update our strategic plan to ensure that we continue our progress in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We offer programs for infants through seniors with a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We currently serve 4,000 members from Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Clark and surrounding areas with 500 members visiting our facility daily. We have 70 children enrolled in our educational child care program and 250 children enrolled in our School Age Child Care program.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email, other,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We made a change to our Swim Lesson program based on member feedback. We have many members who enrolled their children in swim lessons continuously throughout the year and had to register every 8-weeks for each new session. We wanted to make it easier for members to continue swim lessons without having to re-enroll every 8-weeks and potentially miss out when the class is full. We are now running a continuous monthly draft for swim lessons. Participants can sign-up once, anytime throughout the year, and will stay enrolled until they decide to cancel.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have always encouraged feedback from members and staff. We want them to know that their opinion matters and that we are listening. When members and staff provide feedback they are helping to and make our Y a better place for everyone.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YMCA of Fanwood - Scotch Plains

Board of directors
as of 03/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andy Calamaras

no affliliation

Term: 2019 - 2021

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.