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The Community YMCA’s roots can be traced back to 1874 when a modest, single facility was opened in Red Bank to serve young men. Today, we are a 140-year-old cause driven organization, committed to strengthening our local communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Y provides a diverse range of programs and services to children, families and adults in Monmouth County and parts of Middlesex and Ocean counties.

Listed below are some milestones in our long and rich tradition of community service.

  • 1844 George Williams starts YMCA in London England
  • 1851 Thomas V. Sullivan starts first YMCA in the U.S. in Boston, MA
  • 1874 YMCA in Red Bank is founded by area pastors and businessmen
  • 1905 Building on Monmouth Street in Red Bank is dedicated
  • 1910 YMCA begins first playground project on Mechanic Street in Red Bank
  • 1937 YMCA building on Monmouth Street is ravaged by fire
  • 1938 Building on Riverside Avenue in Red Bank is dedicated
  • 1939 Westside Branch of The Community YMCA is founded
  • 1949 Indian Guides Program is started in Red Bank
  • 1958 Camp Arrowhead is founded in Marlboro
  • 1966 Riverside Avenue building is demolished
  • 1970 New Red Bank Branch facility on Maple Avenue is opened
  • 1974 Family Services Branch is started in Matawan
  • 1986 Family Services building on Main Street in Matawan opens
  • 1993 Children’s Learning Center of Matawan opens
  • 1996 The Community YMCA embarks on $2.8 million Capital Campaign
  • 1997 Governor Whitman dedicates the Camp Arrowhead Skirkanich Aquatic Complex
  • 1998 Renovated Red Bank Branch is rededicated
  • 1999 The Community YMCA celebrates 125th Anniversary
  • 1999 The Fahey Outdoor Sports Complex is dedicated and includes The Red Bank Rotary Roller Hockey Rink and Millennium Basketball Courts
  • 2000 The Family Services Branch establishes an additional outreach office in Neptune City
  • 2000 The Community YMCA revitalized Camp Zehnder YMCA, in conjunction with the YMCA of Western Monmouth County, to restore YMCA programs and services to southern Monmouth County.
  • 2001 Committees were formed and staff put in place for the new Coastal Monmouth and Northern Monmouth Branches.
  • 2001 New structures at the Arrowhead Branch were completed – The Carr Pavilion, The Eisenberg Pavilion and The Elsas Lodge
  • 2002 The Count Basie Learning Center of Red Bank became a branch of The Community YMCA – later renamed The Count Basie Achievement Branch.
  • 2002 The Children’s Cultural Center at Red Bank became a branch of The Community YMCA.
  • 2003 The Community YMCA begins $1.5 million capital campaign for the Children’s Cultural Center to complete renovation of landmark building on Monmouth Street
  • 2003 Coastal Monmouth Branch opens offices in Long Branch Board of Education building in Long Branch
  • 2004 The dedication of the Ernest W. Lass Aquatic Center and the celebration of the expansion of Camp Zehnder YMCA are recognized at an August 19th event.
  • 2005 The Children’s Cultural Center opens, the Count Basie Achievement Branch offers summer programs, Northern Monmouth Branch extends service into the Holmdel School District and the Long Branch School Board renews contact with the Coastal Monmouth Branch.
  • 2006 Board of Directors of The Community YMCA adopts a new 5-year strategic plan positioning The Community YMCA for future growth, and reorganizing the individual branch operations into service lines: Arts & Culture, Child Achievement, Counseling & Social Services, Family Health & Fitness and Outdoor Recreation.
  • 2007 The Hazlet Children’s Achievement Center opens, expanding the YMCA’s preschool, kindergarten and academic programs in the Northern Monmouth area. The Activate America Kids Club is launched in Red Bank.
  • 2008 The Community YMCA begins an $8 million Capital Campaign to raise funds to renovate the 38-year old Maple Avenue facility. X-er Game Fitness Technology (combining video games and exercise) is introduced in Red Bank to increase fitness programming for youth members.
  • 2008 A new nutritional and physical education program, “Healthy U”, is incorporated in all Community YMCA Y-Kids Afterschool programs through a partnership and funding with The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. Camp Arrowhead celebrates 50 years of service to the community.
  • 2009 The Community YMCA expands their outreach into the Middletown community through Y-Kids afterschool clubs, teen leadership programs and before and afterschool care for the 2009-2010 school year.
  • 2010 YMCA of the USA launches the new Y brand and messaging for all YMCA Associations, and CYMCA begins the rebranding process with all communications.  The Community YMCA expands arts and educational programs to additional school districts, including Monmouth Beach, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Keansburg and Tinton Falls.
  • 2011 The Community YMCA completes a significant renovation to our flagship facility in Red Bank, and expands programming in Middletown and Southern Monmouth County.
  • 2012 Superstorm Sandy slams our Coastline. The Y welcome families for a warm place to gather. Volunteers collect and distribute relief items for storm victims.
  • 2013 Bayshore Family Success Center opens in Union Beach to assist families in aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and for ongoing family support.
  • 2013 Extending Our Reach Campaign raises funds to enclose the Lass Family Aquatics Center at Camp Zehnder for year-round aquatics programming.
  • 2014 The Community YMCA celebrates 140th anniversary at Annual Gala.
  • 2014 Bayshore Family Success Center relocates to Leonardo section of Middletown.