The Gateway Family YMCA Offers Programming to Help Provide Equal Opportunities for All

In many cases here in America, the zip code you’re born into may have the ability to determine your future. Sometimes these divisions exist mere miles from each other, in zip codes that are just one number apart. However, The Gateway Family YMCA believes everyone deserves the same opportunities, no matter who you are or where you’re from.

The Y is committed to helping bridge these gaps nationwide. Here in Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County, The Gateway Family YMCA aims to build equity and close opportunity gaps through child care, summer camp, adult social day programs, housing and social services.

“Our goal is to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “We’re proud to offer financial assistance to those in the local community to help ensure everyone can thrive, regardless of who they are or where they’re from.”

To highlight these zip code disparities, the Y launched “One Number,” the third phase of the “For a better us.” campaign. Entitled “One Number,” the campaign showcases real stories of Y members across the country in several different zip codes, just one number apart, highlighting the dramatic contrasts between their circumstances and how the Y helps each of them overcome the challenges they face.

The Gateway Family YMCA provided over $635,000 in financial assistance to the local community in 2017.  The Annual Support Campaign raises necessary funds to support those in need of programs, services and membership. “We rely on the support of the community to enable us to continue to provide the programs and services our community so greatly needs, including housing and social services, child care and summer camp, water safety and senior services for all,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO.

To learn about opportunities at The Gateway Family YMCA, or to donate, visit

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