ACCESS Member Program Frequently Asked Questions

ACCESS Member Program Frequently Asked Questions

The Y is committed to helping everyone achieve their full potential. Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available through our ACCESS Member Program for people to obtain financial assistance from the YMCA.

How do I apply?

Applying for financial assistance through our ACCESS Member Program is easy. Please use the links below to apply.

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 will be asked to submit verification of your financial status, so we can complete your application.

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

  • Three consecutive recent pay stubs showing your monthly/annual income when a tax return is not available with accompanying verification including: Social Security SSI Benefit Letter, Disability Letter, Unemployment Letter, Retirement Letter, Child Support, Worker’s Compensation, Food Stamps (SNAP), Housing Assistance, and State and/or Federal Benefits.
  • If  you have experienced a significant change in income since 12/31 of the previous year; submit 1 month of recent pay stubs in addition to your tax return

*Our ACCESS Member 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 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.

Apply for Financial Assistance