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The YMCA of El Paso strengthens the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. We’re more than just a place to work out. At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do.
With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.
I would like to join the YMCA, but I cannot afford the membership fees. Do you offer financial assistance?
Knowing the diverse population which makes up our community, the YMCA of El Paso offers quality, affordable programs and services designed to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. The YMCA’s annual Strong Kids Campaign generates generous and essential contributions from YMCA members, individuals and corporations, which allows the YMCA of El Paso to make the commitment that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay the membership fee. Financial assistance is available to qualifying individuals within the YMCA’s available resources.
Can I join the Y as a single facility user? (i.e. Become a member of one facility at a reduced fee.)
Even though you might use one primary location, when you join the YMCA of El Paso, you become a member of our association of YMCA’s. This allows you facility access at all branches and programs and services throughout all of El Paso County.
Is babysitting or childcare available at the YMCA of El Paso?
Videos and television do not make good babysitters, which is why they are not used as part of our Y-Play program. Instead, arts and crafts, stories and structured play comprise the activities for kids (3 months – 8 years of age) in our “Y Play” centers, which is included at no charge for all Family memberships. This is a member service while you are working out or in a program. A program fee will be assessed for Y Play privileges for other Y memberships and non-members.
Will there be extra fees to use certain parts of the YMCA facility?
It is the policy of the YMCA of El Paso that your YMCA membership gives you full access to the whole YMCA facility during scheduled days and times.
I know the YMCA raises funds to support community outreach activities. Will my money go to those activities?
No. Funds for community outreach programs and services are raised independent of membership fees through our annual “Strong Kids Campaign” and other private donations. If you are interested in supporting those activities, contact the financial development representative at your branch or the Association’s Metro Offices at 915.532.9622.
Am I paying for all the new improvements I see around the Y?
Portions of membership fees are used for routine maintenance to ensure the quality of the facility. While some of your fee is also used to fund improvements, a good portion of the improvements are funded with donated dollars appropriated for that purpose.
Will there be fees for programs and classes, such as swimming lessons, fitness classes and sports leagues?
YMCA member benefits include use of all our facilities and almost every one of our land aerobic classes at no additional charge. Members also receive a special member rate for all additional programs the YMCA offers. Please refer to the Program Brochure for specific details related to program fees and all member benefits.
Where does my membership fee go?
Membership fees cover the costs incurred for ensuring that your YMCA is able to offer you a quality facility with quality programs and services. Those costs include staffing, maintenance, operations and equipment.
If I am a member at one branch of the YMCA of El Paso is my membership good at other Y branches?
YES! A YMCA of El Paso membership enables you to use all the YMCA facilities in the El Paso area.
Is the money I pay used only at my branch?
The YMCA of El Paso is an association of YMCAs. As such, our organization is operated as a single entity to allow us to maximize efficiency and resources, ensuring that each of our branches remains strong to meet the needs of the community.
Why isn't the difference between the family rate and the individual rate greater?
The YMCA is an organization dedicated to building strength for everyone. However, because of community needs, we give special focus to youth and families by ensuring that our fees remain affordable to a broad cross-section of these two groups.
I already give to the scholarship fund at the YMCA. How does that money differ from my membership dollars?
Financial assistance dollars are people dollars—funds used to support people directly through membership and program scholarships or indirectly by underwriting critical programs—particularly for youth—that are not self-supporting.
Doesn't the YMCA receive United Way funding? Where do those dollars go?
The YMCA does not receive funding from the United Way.