YMCA Expands Membership Benefit throughout North Carolina and Virginia

Y Members Can Now Visit Locations in Both States as Part of “My Y is Every Y”

September 2016 – Beginning September 1, YMCA members can now access any Y facility across North Carolina and Virginia. The partnership is the latest expansion of the Y’s reciprocal membership program.

“Now when you join the Y, you can enjoy more than 200 Ys in North Carolina and Virginia,” said Sheree Vodicka, Executive Director of the NC Alliance of YMCAs. “This new partnership crosses state lines to help our communities live healthier. If you’re a member of YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, and are visiting another part of Virginia or North Carolina, your membership will give you access to Ys in that area, allowing you to stay active while away from home. This is a great time to be a YMCA member.”

Both states implemented reciprocal membership, known as “My Y is Every Y,” last year to positive response from Y members. The program launched as part of ongoing conversations about how the YMCA could better support the health and well-being of its members.

In the Northwest North Carolina area, the partnership includes the Gateway YWCA. YWCA members can visit any branch of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina and YMCA of Northwest North Carolina members can visit the Gateway YWCA. Members belong to the branch they use more than 50% of the time, but can visit other facilities as part of their membership.

“We want to encourage our members to live healthier and use the Y as much as possible. We’re thrilled to be able to provide this expanded benefit that allows them to visit the Y when traveling for work or just visiting another area.” said Curt Hazelbaker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading non-profits, committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For over 160 years, the organization’s holistic approach to wellness has extended far beyond just being a gym or fitness facility.  “We’re here to help our members’ achieve their health goals – we do that really well – but we’re also just as committed about getting them connected to their neighbors and community. At the Y you’re not just joining a gym, you’re joining a cause,” explained Alexandra London-Gross, Executive Director of the Virginia Alliance of YMCAs.

Details about the program can be found on the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina’s website at ymcanwnc.org/MyYisEveryY. To learn more about the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, contact 336 777 8055 or visit ymcanwnc.org. For more information about YMCAs across the state of North Carolina visit www.ncymcaalliance.org and in Virginia visit www.virginiaymcas.org. Some program restrictions may apply at certain YMCAs.

YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina engages more than 115,000 men, women and children annually – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in communities across seven counties, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ymcanwnc.org.