Financial Assistance

The Y is committed to helping everyone achieve their full potential. Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available through our ACCESS Program for those residing in the communities we serve that need assistance paying for the full cost of a YMCA program or membership.

How do I apply?

To apply for financial assistance through our ACCESS Program, download an application or visit the Welcome Center at your YMCA location.

More information on ACCESS for Membership/Programs
More information on ACCESS for Child Care Programs
More information on ACCESS for Summer Day Camp Programs

In order to process your ACCESS application, you must attach copies of the following items to your completed application.  This application will be processed only if the application is complete and the required items are attached:

Required Verification Document:  Complete Tax Return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, SCHEDULE C (if self-employed))

  • If  you have experienced a significant change in income since 12/31 of the previous year; submit 1 month of recent paystubs in addition to your tax return
  • Please refer to the application for forms of verification that will be accepted when the Complete Tax Return is not available.

*Our ACCESS program is funded by generous local donors who wish to help make the YMCA available to their neighbors. All applicants must reside in the communities we serve: Lynn, Lynnfield, Melrose, Nahant, Peabody, Revere, Saugus, Stoneham, Winthrop and Wakefield.

How long will assistance continue?

Assistance is provided for a specific time period and will be reviewed for eligibility every year. If help is still needed when assistance is reviewed, you will be asked to re-apply. If your circumstances change before the time period is up, please let us know so we may serve others.

Why does the YMCA request financial information?

With information on income and family size, we can award assistance in a fair and consistent manner. We use these procedures to ensure that everyone receives equal consideration.

Who will see the financial information?

Personal financial information is handled in a confidential manner and will be seen and reviewed only by the YMCA’s professional staff. No information is shared with any other agency or organization.

Who provides funding for the ACCESS Program?

The ACCESS program is funded by generous local donors that make contributions to the YMCA of Metro North Annual Campaign.

To learn more about how you can support the YMCA of Metro North’s Annual Campaign through a gift or volunteering, visit our Annual Campaign page.