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 assistance 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 assistance. 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 membership and program financial aid will be granted for up to 12 months.
- Financial aid grants require annual reapplication with updated documentation.
- If membership rates change, your monthly rate may change.
- Recipients are required to notify the YMCA of any changes to their financial situation.
Please contact our Financial Aid Team if you have any questions or check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.
TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Click the "Apply Online" button below to get started!
Financial Aid FAQs
Q: What sort of documentation is needed?
A: All applicants must provide full documentation of income for all adults (18 and over) and documentation of all dependents in the household.
Income documentation should include the most recent household Federal 1040/1099 or Letter of Nonfiling Status, most recent 30 days of paycheck stubs, Social Security/Disability/Pension award letter(s), Alimony/Child Support award letter(s), foster care support documentation, and unemployment documentation.
Documentation of dependents may be provided via a Federal 1040, Letter of Case Action or Eligibility Determination letter from MDHHS or MSHDA, State/Federal ID, or mail verifying residence address for all persons in household.
Applications submitted without complete documentation will not be processed until all documentation has been received.
Q: I do not receive check stubs. Can I provide some other documentation?
A: That depends on your situation:
- If you work for yourself, you can provide a 1099 or documentation of 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: My income has changed since I filed my taxes/I am no longer employed. What information should I submit?
A: If you hae experienced changes to your income since your income documentation was filed, please provide us with a personal statement indicating the changes to your income and documentation of your current income.
Q: I receive income on behalf of my children. Do you need documentation?
A: Yes. If you are a foster or guardian, 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: If you do not have income we will need a Letter of Nonfiling status and your Notice of Case Action or Eligibility Determination Notice from MDHHS or MSHDA and/or a summary of how your household is addressing living expenses or a signed letter from someone who is helping you.
Q: How do I get a Letter of Nonfiling Status?
A: Please review the instructions at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/transcript-types-and-ways-to-order-them.
Q: I am not interested in membership for myself but would like to get it for my children. Can I get financial assistance for youth membership?
A: Yes, while all minors must have their responsible adult listed on their membership, the adult does not have to be active on the membership.
Q: How long is my membership financial assistance valid for?
A: Membership and program financial assistance are valid for up to one calendar year.
Q: Can I get financial assistance for programs without getting a membership?
A: Yes, currently you may receive a discounted rate on programs by applying for financial assistance. The discount would be applied to the non-member rate of the programs. Financial assisance awards are not applicable to Personal Training sessions or Private lessons. Everyone on the membership is eligible to take one class per session at the discounted rate. Program awards are granted up to 50%.
Q: Can I submit my application online?
A: At this time we do not have a process for submitting applications for financial assistance online. If necessary, electronic copies of income documentation and signed, scanned applications may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please verify the legibility and focus of your submission before sending. Submitting documentation electronically may increase the processing time for your application.
Q: How long will it take to process my application?
A: Applications submitted with complete documentation will be processed by staff as quickly as possible, often at the time of submission. Applications without complete documentation will not be processed until all documentation has been received.