The Y for All Community Members
Every day, the Y works to address the most pressing needs in the community it serves by making sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.
THE ESSENCE OF THE Y
With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow, and thrive.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
The YMCA welcomes all who wish to participate and believes that no one should be denied access to the Y based on the ability to pay. Through our financial aid program, the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo provides assistance to youth, adults, and families based on individual needs and circumstances. Financial assistance reduces fees; it does not eliminate them.
COMMITTED TO OUR COMMUNITY
Determining assistance amounts is handled by YMCA Member Services in a fair and consistent manner. Every YMCA member receives the same membership benefits, regardless of whether or not they receive financial aid. YMCA members can feel confident knowing that they are a part of an organization that cares greatly for the well-being of all people and is committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
- All member scholarships will be granted for 12 months. Program scholarships are granted for 6 months or 12 months, and child care scholarships are granted for 12 months.
- The YMCA requests that individuals and families reapply annually, with updated documentation.
- If membership rates change, your monthly rate may change.
Please contact Member Services if you have any questions or check our FAQs below.
TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID
While these forms are available at both Maple and Portage sites, we recommend that you download the file of your choice below and bring it completed to the Y.
Financial Aid FAQs
Q: What sort of documentation is needed?
A: For every adult in the household, whether they will be on the membership or not, we need all of the following that apply to you:
- The first two pages of your Federal 1040 (or IRS form 4506EZ, which allows us to verify that you did not file). We do not accept W-2 forms or your state 1040.
- Two consecutive, current pay stubs showing YTD income.
- Letter from the Social Security Administration showing monthly income.
- Statements showing any additional income, such as pension.
- Statement from the court showing child support or alimony.
- Notice of Case Action letter showing your eligibility and listing the individuals on your case. You can find additional documentation on the DHS website. We do not accept your Bridge Card as documentation, but we do accept Medicaid cards.
- Statement or lease showing the amount of your rental subsidy.
- Statement showing your unemployment benefit, and the dates you will be receiving it.
Q: I do not receive check stubs. Can I provide some other documentation?
A: That depends on your situation:
- If you work for yourself, your tax return is sufficient, as long as it shows your business income.
- If you are paid in personal checks, you can provide a signed statement from your employer stating how much they pay you each month.
- We do not accept bank statements as documentation of employment. We need something showing gross income.
Q: I receive income on behalf of my children. Do you need documentation?
A: Yes. If you are a foster or adoptive parent, we need documentation of the subsidy you get for the care of your child. If your children receive social security, we need documentation from the Social Security Administration.
Q: I do not have any income. What kind of documentation do I need to provide?
A: We need either the first two pages of your 1040 or IRS form 4506EZ. Also, we need documentation showing how you are paying your food and housing. This documentation can come in the form of a signed letter from someone who is helping you or an account statement of any other financial resources you are using.