WE ARE COMMITTED TO OUR COMMUNITY
Determining where members fall on our sliding membership scale is handled by YMCA branches in a fair and consistent manner. Every Y member receives the same membership benefits, regardless of whether or not they receive financial assistance. Y 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.
What's a Sliding Membership Scale?
A sliding membership scale is just that--a sliding scale! After someone applies, our Membership Directors look through all the information submitted to determine a new membership rate. We take different things into account, such as household income, difficult circumstances, and other services/programs received. Scroll down to see how to apply & what you'll need for your application!
How to Apply
To apply for a sliding membership rate, simply apply online below or complete the paper application form and provide the requested information regarding income and family size to your Y branch membership director for processing.
If applying online, please note that the entire application must be completed in one sitting. You can not save & return later. The application is mobile friendly--you can apply either from your phone or on a computer, whichever is easiest for you!
- A short letter explaining your circumstance.
- A proof of your residency.
Plus one of these documents to apply for membership:
- 1040 Federal Tax Form(s) for all incomes in household.
- Documents showing most recent 30 days of income.
- OWF (Ohio Works First) card
- TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) card
- SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) card
All applications and personal documents are kept confidential.
Please select a YMCA Branch below to be your "Home" Branch. Don't worry, you'll still be able to use your membership at all of our Akron Area YMCA locations.