YMCA works to help low-income families


From Contributed Reports

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Harrison Family YMCA has been working diligently the past few years to increase the education of its cause to strengthen community and remind people of its mission, “to put Christian principles into practice to improve the quality of life in our communities with programs and services that strengthen the spirit, mind and body for all.”

YMCA officials find it important to continuously make the community aware of what they offer and strive to accomplish in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. As an organization welcome and open to all, the YMCA offers a Financial Assistance Program, available to the community for programs as well as a membership. This allows individuals and families in hardships to apply and potentially qualify for a discounted rate off of the programs and services they need to thrive in life.

The YMCA raises charitable gifts each year to help provide this benefit. All members are treated equally. Form of payment is kept in confidentiality, and all are given the same accss to the entire facility including open swim time in both the competition and recreation pools, water fitness classes, child watch care, a walking track, group exercise classes, updated cardio and strength equipment, racquetball courts, pickle ball, basketball courts, a climbing wall and more.

The YMCA also recognizes that not everyone is quite ready to become a member, but still wishes and needs to use many of their options for a healthy and active lifestyle. Guest fees are available for any individual or family wanting to use available amenities at the YMCA. One-day guest fees are $8 per day for ages 17 and under, $12 per day for ages 18 and over, or there is a two-week guest fee option for $25 per person.

Guests are given the same access to the facility that members are given including the amenities listed previously. There are guidelines, safety precautions and a code of conduct that each guest and member must abide by, centered on the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.

Not only is the YMCA open to all, Y officials want to make sure everyone feels welcome and can access the tools they need for a healthier and more active lifestyle.

“Our mission is our reason for being, and the Y’s cause is our mission in action — a promise to do everything in our power to inspire the common good and make life better for individuals, families and communities,” accordfing to the YMCA’s public three-year strategic plan. Anyone may access this plan via the YMCA’s website under About Us > Our Impact. You may also request a copy by emailing amatthews@rmymca.org.

For more information, visit www.harrisonfamilyY.org or call 252-972-9622.