The Winona Family YMCA is committed to providing services to any person who desires to participate and understands the benefits of the YMCA, regardless of ability to pay. Those not able to pay program or membership fees may be awarded financial assistance based on individual need and the ability of the YMCA to fund the subsidy.
Click below to download our financial assistance information sheet and application or come visit us and request one in person.
Questions and answers regarding YMCA financial assistance
Q. What is YMCA financial assistance?
A. The Winona Family YMCA believes in providing membership and program services to all who desire to participate. The YMCA's financial assistance program uses all available resources to provide support to those who have financial need and qualify for assistance.
Q. Who is eligible for YMCA financial assistance?
A. Anyone may apply for financial assistance. Approval of the application is made on an
individual basis. The YMCA uses a sliding-fee scale guideline based on total household income
and number of dependents. The scale assists the staff in determining the amount
of scholarship awarded and its applicable time frame.
Q. Is it possible to join the YMCA for free?
A. The YMCA believes a strong sense of ownership and pride is developed when the financial assistance recipient contributes to the cost of their YMCA involvement. Therefore, applicants will be asked to pay a portion of the fee for the requested service.
Q. If I receive YMCA financial assistance, what is expected of me?
A. Upon approval of financial assistance, a YMCA staff member will review the conditions of the scholarship with you. Those conditions will include the length of the scholarship, the
expectation that you take full advantage of the assistance by using the membership or service regularly, as well as a commitment to make payments on time.
Q. How will the financial assistance amount be determined, and how quickly can I expect to
receive financial assistance?
A. Scholarships are determined on an individual basis using a sliding-fee scale guideline to assist in designating the amount of assistance. Once the financial assistance application and required documents have been submitted to the designated staff member, the YMCA will contact you within two weeks to review the outcome of your application.
Q. How long will the financial assistance continue?
A. Need for financial assistance is assessed at the time of request and reviewed on a regular basis.
Q. Who will be reviewing my application?
A. The executive director and his designee are the only people who will review your
application. All information is handled confidentially.
Q. May I do anything in return for this assistance?
A. Yes! At the YMCA, youth and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Also, YMCA donors
appreciate learning how their contributions are used. Submitting a short note about how you or your family benefited from the financial assistance is appreciated.