Good Works Programs
Through our Good Works Programs, we meet community needs and strive to serve everyone, regardless of ability to pay.
Most of these programs, thanks to the generous support of contributors, are offered free or for only modest fees.
Living Strong, Living Well
A 12-week strength and fitness program developed by Stanford University for cancer patients and survivors.
Membership Scholarships and Program Financial Aid
Awarded on a needs basis to children, adults and families.
Delay The Disease
“Delay the Disease” is a fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms.
SWIM, Inc, or Specialized Water Interest Movement, provides a safe and supportive environment for adults with mobility impairments to engage in aquatic exercise involving body, mind and spirit in a social gathering of caring and respect.
Rainbows is a peer support group for children who have experienced a painful family transition such as divorce, separation death or abandonment. PRISM is a support group for the parents of Rainbows participants.
Summer Camp and Program Scholarships
Awarded on a needs basis for children to attend camp in Ridgewood and at Camp Bernie.
URBAN Swim Program
Free summer swim lessons for Paterson youths.
The YMCA matches elementary-age children with mentors to provide guidance, friendship and encouragement.
World Service Program
Provides financial assistance to YMCA’s and other non-profit organizations in the United States and countries beyond our borders.
SUPPORTED VOLUNTEERING AND EMPLOYMENT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
The Ridgewood YMCA provides volunteer opportunities and job training for students with autism and other developmental challenges by working with two local schools. For further details, please contact Debbie Barbieri at ext. 354.
Seniors from our area attend a weekly four hour program of fellowship, coffee, cards and lunch.
Scholarships For Families Of Deployed Military Personnel
Deployment can be a stressful and uncertain time for our nation’s servicemen and women and their families. In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, the Ridgewood Y is proud to offer memberships to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during this difficult period. It’s our way of giving back to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country.
Healthy Kids Day
A community wide event for young children and their families featuring activities that promote healthy lifestyles.
International Camping Program
International community service learning trips with assistance provided for campers with financial limitations.
Yoga For Veterans
Working with Kula for Karma together offering free yoga for verterans at the Ridgewood Y.
The YMCA’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.