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Frequently Asked Questions
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Who can participate at the YMCA?
All people are welcome to participate in YMCA of Bristol programs and use our facilities as members, regardless of race, ability, religion, sex, national origin, or income. In upholding our commitment that “everyone is welcome,” we acknowledge and respect the range of beliefs in our community by modeling acceptance, inclusion, compassion and love. We embrace the worth of each person and assist you in developing your unique gifts and abilities. Please let us know about any special needs.
The YMCA is a values-based, character-building, nonprofit membership organization that plays a vital role in contributing to the community. Our values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are in everything we do. We plan our high-quality programs around essential elements to help kids grow up caring and responsible. Our staff is caring, competent and experienced. Our training includes safety, activity planning, CPR, First Aid and more.
At the YMCA, young people can develop new skills, increase self-esteem, and make new friends while having fun in safe, nurturing environment. Families can build stronger bonds, achieve greater work/life balance, and become more engaged in their communities. People of all ages and abilities can build a healthier spirit, mind and body.
Financial assistance is available for membership and programs, thanks to the generosity of donors like you.
There are a variety of membership options to choose from. Membership privileges and access vary. For details, visit our Membership page or visit any of our locations for personal assistance.
Does the Y offer financial assistance for membership and programs?
YMCA membership and programs are open to everyone. Financial assistance is made available to those who cannot afford the services the YMCA provides. These funds come from the generosity of our donors, from grants, and from earned income of the association. We do not expect to turn anyone away if we have the capacity from any of these sources. We handle all financial assistance applications and supporting documentation confidentially. For details, visit any of our locations for personal assistance or contact Gail Snap at email@example.com or 423-968-3133.
How do I volunteer my time to help the YMCA serve the community?
Volunteering is an important part of the energy and excellence of the YMCA. YMCA volunteers work at each facility; they help with programs and events; they serve on committees; and some lead as members of the Board of Directors. We are grateful for all volunteer help, and we need a wide range of skills and interests to help us meet the needs of the people and the community that we serve. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit any of our locations for personal assistance or contact John Mack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-968-3133.
Is the YMCA a charitable organization?
The YMCA of Bristol is a nonprofit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service with a 501(c)3 charitable designation. All donations made to the YMCA of Bristol are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. When you donate money, 100% of your donation is used to provide financial assistance to those in need and to subsidize programs.
Who are contributors to the YMCA?
Individuals, families, businesses, community partners, foundations, churches, civic groups and government grants all support the work of the YMCA to promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Why should I give to the YMCA if I am not a member?
Your support is still needed. Membership fees and donations are two different sources of income, both tied to our charitable mission. Income from program and membership fees and government sources cover the YMCA’s operating costs, program delivery, and membership services. It does not cover the cost of community programs for young people and adults or financial assistance for economically disadvantaged youth and families.
Donations to our Annual Giving Campaign go directly to support programs and scholarships that benefit young people, adults and families. Your donations support our efforts in the community to provide meaningful opportunities, positive experiences, and caring adult role models to help youth grow into responsible adults. Therefore, your support benefits every community member, regardless of their YMCA involvement.
The YMCA and YWCA are not affiliated. Each is an independent nonprofit organization with a separate but strong mission. The YMCA’s primary focus is nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors.