At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. As part of our mission the Y offers financial assistance through our Membership for All program.
Financial Aid Q & A
How do I apply?
You may obtain an application for financial assistance by clicking the button at the bottom of this page or by visiting the Y Welcome Center.
What paperwork do I need to provide?
You will be asked to provide copies of documents verifying your income, including last years tax return; four consecutive pay stubs for each adult in the household; child support; alimony; social security benefits. If you are unemployed a copy of an unemployment letter (of acceptance or denial) is required. Any other documents you feel will explain your situation will also be reviewed. Awards will not be given to those not providing proof of income. If an individual (18+) is going to be listed on your membership we require proof of income for that person. You may be asked to provide further paperwork or to answer questions upon request.
How long does it take to process my application?
It may take up to 2 weeks to process your application. You may be asked to meet with the Member Service Coordinator to activate your membership or you will receive an award letter in the mail. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST CONTACT DEBBY BY PHONE TO ACTIVE AT YOUR MEMBERSHIP. THE WELCOME CENTER CAN NOT ACTIVATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP. If you have not received a letter after 2 weeks please contact Debby at 603.283.5254.
Can I work out/ use the facility while my application is being processed?
Unfortunately, we can not allow facility usage without a membership or payment of a guest fee. You may pay a standard guest fee to enter the facility during the application process.
How long is my membership good for?
Financial aid is awarded for one year. Those wishing to continue to their membership beyond the one year will need to update your income information and we will verify facility usage. To avoid a lapse in membership you should reapply at least two weeks before your membership expires.
Where does the Financial Aid money come from?
Financial aid is made possible through the generous contributions of individuals like yourself. The Membership for All program is funded through the Y’s own Annual Support Campaign. This is why we ask all our financial aid applicants to consider volunteering their time or to eventually “pay it forward” by giving back at a time when you can, in order to help others. It is through the generous support of community donors that we are able to meet the Y’s mission.
Will people know I have Financial Assistance?
Your information is confidential. Member Services Coordinator will process your FA application and our Welcome Center Representatives process your membership application. These are the only individuals who will be aware of your FA status. Once you have your membership you will have the same access and procedures as all other members.