by Nicole Reitz
The Fulton Family YMCA will be offering an income-based program called Membership for All, according to Interim Executive Director Lisa Pachmayer.
Membership for All is a scholarship program available to those unable to pay the full YMCA monthly fees. The program is designed to fit everyone’s financial situation on a sliding scale format.
Families with a household income of less than $60,000 and individuals with a household income of less than $35,000 may qualify. The membership requires a copy of the applicant’s most recent tax return, Social Security or benefits distribution check.
The YMCA’s former financial aid system expired at the end of September. Every member currently receiving financial aid will need to stop by the YMCA’s front desk to learn about the new program.
Pachmayer described the new scholarship program as less complicated and more accessible to those living in the greater Fulton area.
The former financial aid system required five pieces of documentation and could take as long as 45 days to process. The new program allows new members to use the facility on the same day that they register.
“I know a lot people might think, ‘We’re living paycheck to paycheck…how can we afford the YMCA?’” said Pachmayer. “We don’t want people thinking that way. We really want people to know that we’re here to support the community and that we are fortunate to have an annual campaign where the money raised helps to subsidize these memberships.
“The Y is for everyone, regardless of age, background or income,” Pachmayer continued. “By joining the YMCA, we are a charitable organization and your helping the community.”
Members have access to all group fitness classes and parents can leave their children at the Kids Club or Teen City to be cared for while they exercise. Teen City is a new program in which tweens and teens can play games and do activities with their peers in a staffed environment.