Membership Policies

The Keene Family YMCA is committed to serving all people through programs and services that build spirit, mind and body with a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

OUR VISION – A community where everyone is welcome and thriving.

At the Y, we know we are the strongest when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive at the Y. Our mission statement (above) calls us to serve all people in our community. We have recently updated our membership policy to ensure we are fulfilling our mission and meeting the diverse needs of our membership. Below is a brief summary of the changes:

Family: Family structures in our community continue to evolve. We’ve adapted our definition family to be more inclusive. The Y is committed to supporting all types of families.

Privacy: We hear about the importance of privacy from many different people, for many different reasons:  members recovering from surgery or cancer treatment, members who are obese, underweight or modest, members with certain cultural or religious beliefs etc.  In order to meet the privacy needs of all members, we are making sure that there are private showering spaces and at least two private changing spaces in each locker room.  There is also a private locker room option that any member can use.

Gender: Our society is learning more and more about the complexity of gender. Our membership policy now clarifies that gender is self-identified.  The Y community will honor a member’s gender identification and will ensure program, service and facility access is available based on that identification.

Our updated membership policy is listed below. We hope these changes better serve the diverse needs of our members and better reflect our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  We value our members’ personal beliefs and respect the right to those beliefs.

If you have any questions, concerns or thoughts about the changes listed above, you can reach me at hmogridge@keene-ymca.org or 603-283-5251.

Hélène Mogridge
Chief Executive Officer
Keene Family YMCA

Our Mission

We serve all people through programs and services that build spirit, mind and body with a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

Our Vision

A community where everyone is welcome and thriving

The Y Cause

Strengthening the Foundation of our Community.

Our Focus Areas

Youth Development: Nurturing the Potential of Every Child and Teen
We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Healthy Living: Improving the Nation’s Health and Well-Being
In communities across the nation, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, millions of youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.

Social Responsibility: Giving Back and Providing Support to Our Neighbors
The Y has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs for 160 years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policymakers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. Through the Y, 500,000 volunteers and thousands of donors, leaders and partners across the country are empowering millions of people in the U.S. and around the world to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

The Y Values

Our core values unite us as a movement with a common cause. They are the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, interactions with each other and decision-making. The four values of the Y:

  • Caring: Show a sincere concern for others
  • Honesty: Be truthful in what you say and do
  • Respect: Follow the golden rule
  • Responsibility: Be accountable for your promises and actions

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy

The Keene YMCA as a global active citizen has adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Policy that drives our efforts and calls for access and engagement of all in the community regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, national origin, faith, age, income levels, sexual orientation, immigration status, or any protected status.

What is Diversity and Inclusion?

Diversity: The presence of differences that make each person unique and that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another.
Inclusion: The full engagement and development of all Y stakeholders (staff, participants, members, policy volunteers, program volunteers, partners, communities, vendors, etc.).
Equity: Equity is the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all, while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented full participation of some groups; it acknowledges historically underserved and underrepresented populations, and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.

The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure everyone, regardless of gender, income, faith, sexual orientation or cultural background has the opportunity to live life to its fullest. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—everything we do stems from it.

Membership Privileges and Conditions

The Keene YMCA policy outlined within this document applies to all memberships. Other privileges and limitations of the Keene YMCA membership may be established but cannot conflict with policies herein.

Continuity of Membership: Members shall be encouraged to regard membership in the Y as a continuous relationship regardless of payment timing. Members are terminated through cancellation by the member (including non-payment of dues) or by action of the CEO.

Program Enrollment: Members may receive priority privileges for most programs, including pricing.

Services for People with Disabilities: The Y serves people of all abilities. We provide reasonable accommodations to enable all people to participate in our programs and services. Please contact us if there is an accommodation that you need.

Physical Readiness: Before starting any exercise program, members will be encouraged to check with their primary care physician through the Par Q form.

Membership Code of Conduct