The Y is a founding nonprofit organization, offering health, hope, and opportunity for ALL.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Y ensure everyone has a chance to succeed and belong at the Y.

 

 

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Mission and Core Values

Mission
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
 
Vision
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, the Y works side by side with its neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.
 
Culture
One Association, Inclusion, Philanthropy, Volunteers and Values
 

Values
Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith

 

Christian Emphasis

While founded with a Christian worldview, YMCA doors are open to people of all faiths or none. We feel that we are called to inclusion by our faith-based roots. Our values are held in our hearts, not worn on our shirtsleeves. People of all faiths are welcome to work, play and volunteer at the Akron Y.

Each Y branch expresses our Christian heritage in unique ways. One branch might host a non-denominational Bible study while another sponsors a prayer breakfast on Good Friday. Many Y child care programs partner with churches.

The great historian of religion, Martin Marty, once said that every religion serves two functions: First, it is a message of telling us how to get right with God; and second, it is a lens for interpreting the world. At the Y, we attempt to remain true to our Christian roots and allow our members to interpret the world around them.

Our mandate is compelling: Love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.

History of the Akron Area YMCA

Since 1870, the Akron Area YMCA has been a strong place to launch and a safe place to land.  See our historical timeline.

 

Annual Report

Our Member Code of Conduct

MEMBER CODE OF CONDUCT

The YMCA is committed to providing a safe, caring, healthy and respectful environment for all members and guests. To promote these values, we ask all individuals to act appropriately at all times when they are using our facilities or participating in our programs. The following conduct can lead to suspension or termination of membership:

  1. Inappropriate attire.
  2. Physical contact with another person in an angry or threatening manner.
  3. Angry or vulgar language including swearing, name calling or shouting.
  4. Any demonstration of sexual activity or sexual contact with another person.
  5. Harassment by words, gestures, body language or any other menacing behavior
  6. Theft or behavior that results in destruction of property.
  7. Carrying or concealing a weapon or devices or an object that may be used as a weapon.
  8. Using or possessing illegal chemicals or alcohol on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles or at YMCA-sponsored programs.
  9. Any other conduct of an inappropriate, threatening or offensive nature.

If any member or guest feels uncomfortable confronting a person regarding their behavior they should report the behavior to a staff member. Staff members are ready to help when these situations arise.

The YMCA conducts regular sex offender screenings on all members, participants, and guests. If a sex offender match occurs, the YMCA reserves the right to cancel membership, end program participation, and remove visitation access.

The protection of our members and guests participating in our programs and/or our facilities is of paramount interest to the Akron Area YMCA. The Akron Area YMCA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been accused or convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse; is a registered sex offender; habitually or excessively uses narcotics or dangerous drugs; has ever been convicted of any offense related to the use, sale, possession or transportation of narcotics or habit forming and/or dangerous drugs; or continually or excessively uses intoxicating beverages.

 

 

MEMBER SERVICE PROMISE

Y staff recognizes that service to our members is the most important part of our job. Therefore, we make this promise: Our staff members will be friendly and attentive, and demonstrate caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We will keep our facilities and equipment clean, safe and well maintained. We will deliver quality programs that meet the needs of our members and guests. We will provide opportunities for members to be involved as volunteers.

Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Does it matter which branch I join?
 
No. Any of our Membership Branches allow you to use any of the facilities and programs we offer throughout Summit, Medina and Portage counties. Feel free to visit all of our Membership Branches - take a tour and decide which one you'd like to call your “home branch.”
 
How much does a membership cost?
 
 
Through our Annual Campaign, financial assistance may be available to those who qualify. Please contact a Membership Director at a Y branch near you or stop by any of our branches' member service desks for confidential enrollment in our Financial Assistance Program. 
 
How do I join?
 
Visit your local branch or join ONLINE!
(Please indicate which membership branch you would like to call your "home branch")
 
 
What are my membership payment options?
 
We offer two methods of payment. The first is a monthly bank draft or credit card draft. The second option allows you to pay for the entire year's membership at once.
 
Does the Akron Area YMCA offer discounts to seniors and students?
 
The Akron Area YMCA offers various types of memberships and rates based on age. Please contact your local branch for details.
 
What if I can't afford the membership fee?
 
The Akron Area YMCA is committed to providing quality programs and services to all members of the community. Confidential financial assistance is available to those who qualify through our Annual Campaign Financial Assistance Program. Please contact the Membership Director at a Y branch near you for assistance. 
 
Can members bring a guest to the YMCA?
 
Currently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, guests are not permitted to visit our locations.
 
Are all programs free to members?
 
No. While we strive to continuously add value to your membership, some programs require specialized equipment or staff training. Therefore, we ask members to contribute to the cost of the program in order to ensure its quality. However, the fee that members are asked to pay is considerably less than that required of non-members, or “program members. 
 
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

 

Participants who cancel prior to the start of class or program may receive 100% credit toward a future program. Refund checks will be issued in 2-4 weeks less a $10.00 service charge. Refunds will not be issued after the session begins except in case of injury or illness. Please contact the Membership/Program/Executive Director as soon as possible in order to receive a credit for classes not attended. Some restrictions may apply, such as aquatic programs, camp programs, child care, events and special programs. Check at time of registration for cancellation restrictions.

Although we do our best to help all participants make up classes missed for personal reasons, we cannot guarantee that make-up classes will be available. Make-up classes must be scheduled through the program director.

Form 990

Age Policies

(Some of these may differ at your branch).

AGE POLICIES

Test, Mark & Protect Aquatic Policy

CHILD WATCH (6 WEEKS–10 YEARS)

Child Watch allows parents to participate in programs and work out up to two hours per day while children are engaged in various age-appropriate activities in a supervised environment. Child Watch is free for those with a Family or Youth membership. Adult memberships may purchase a monthly Child Watch pass for children under 3 years of age for $5 a month. Please check with your branch for time and details.
 
Fitness/Wellness Center
Members ages 13–15 who have completed the Teen Wellness skill assessment may use the fitness/wellness centers without parental accompaniment, but must wear a Y-issued wristband or show a membership card designating Teen Wellness status. Proof of age and identification must be carried at all times by youth while in the Y fitness/wellness centers.
 
Members ages 10–12 who have passed the Youth Wellness skill assessment may be permitted to use the fitness/wellness centers when accompanied by an adult who has completed the program as well. Youth Wellness participants will only be permitted in fitness/wellness centers where the Youth Wellness program is offered.
 
Children under 10 years of age are not permitted in fitness/wellness centers.
 
General Facilities
Children under age 11 must be supervised by an adult at all times.
 
Group Exercise Classes
Members ages 13–15 may attend fitness classes if accompanied by an adult. Members 16 years and older may attend on their own.
 
Locker Rooms
Children age 4 and over are not permitted in opposite sex locker rooms but are encouraged to use the family changing rooms. Adults not required to use the family changing rooms are asked to use the regular locker rooms. The Y is not responsible for stolen, lost or damaged personal property. Ensure your lockers are secured and leave your valuables at home.
 
Open Swim
Children age 5 and under must be accompanied in the water by an adult wearing appropriate swimming attire at all times. Children ages 6–10 must have a parent present on the pool deck for the duration of their time in the pool. Children ages 11 and older may be in the pool without a parent present. However, they are subject to a swim test and must adhere to posted rules and any rules set forth by the lifeguard. Use of the deep end may be dependent on the completion of a standardized swim test and will be at the discretion of the lifeguard.

Contacting the Corporate Office Staff

The Association Service Office (Corporate Office) of the Akron Area YMCA is located in downtown Akron.  You can reach those who work here by calling 330-376-1335 or contacting them by their emails below. 

Jill in a blue dress

Jill Kolesar
CEO
jillk@akronymca.org

Bid CDO

Brian "Bid" Bidlingmyer
CDO
brianb@akronymca.org

VP of Human Resources

Ken Hoyt
Vice President of Human Resources
kenh@akronymca.org

Executive VP of Licensed Care

Beth Kelley
Vice President of Licensed Care
bethk@akronymca.org

Director of Marketing and Communication

Judi Christy
Dir. of Marketing / Communication
judic@akronymca.org

Accounting Manager

Melanie Lautenschlager
Accounting Manager
melaniel@akronymca.org  

Director of Cause Advancement

Helena Peters
Dir. of Cause Advancement
helenap@akronymca.org 

IT Master

Jason Williams
IT Systems/ Support Director
jasonw@akronymca.org

IT Director

David Jenkins
Network/Security Systems Director
davidj@akronymca.org

Payroll Clerk

Janet Coombs
Payroll Clerk
janetc@akronymca.org

Development Assistant

AnnMarie Christoff
Development Assistant
annmariec@akronymca.org

Accounts Payable

Sheila Woods
Accounts Payable/Auditing
sheilaw@akronymca.org

Deidre from ASO

Deidre Buchanan
Accounting Clerk
deidreb@akronymca.org

Youth Development Coordinator

Jenna Messina
Youth Development Coordinator
jennam@akronymca.org

Webmaster

Alexis King
Digital Marketing / Webmaster
alexisk@akronymca.org