YMCA lowers joiner’s fee

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA has lowered its joiner’s fee to $25 for each membership category.

When people take out memberships at the Y for the first time, they pay a one-time fee in addition to monthly membership dues.

“It is hoped that by reducing the cost to join the Y, it will make it easier and more affordable for all, which is central to our mission. By not increasing our membership rates in conjunction to lowering our joiner’s fee, we hope to impact people of all ages who are striving to reach their full potential. The Y provides everyone the opportunity to be healthy and thrive, to connect with others, and contribute to a better community,” said David O’Leary, operations director.

Before the decrease in fee, which became effective Dec. 1, a family acquiring a family membership would have paid a $90 joiner’s fee; a single adult, a $75 fee. Now, those fees have been reduced to $25 each.

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits that focus on strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children regardless of age, income or background to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Through programs focused on youth development, the Y offers kids the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve under the guidance of caring adults who believe in their potential. The Y also provides for people and families to build and maintain health habits for spirit, mind and body in their everyday lives.

“Our Community Partners program helps subsidize the cost of memberships for those that need assistance so that (the Y) is affordable for everyone,” said O’Leary.

For information, call 492-9134.

Staff report