Open Door Policy
The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA is a non-profit, community based, health and human services organization committed to helping people achieve their full potential in spirit, mind and body. The YMCA’s doors are open to people of all ages, abilities, incomes, races and religions.
The financial assistance program follows a sliding fee scale, designed to fit each individual’s financial situation. In order to foster a sense of ownership in the Y, you will be asked to pay some portion of the fees for membership and/or programs.
The funds available for financial assistance are made possible through the generosity of our members and donors through the Community Partners annual support campaign.
In order to provide financial assistance in a fair and consistent manner, the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA requires that individuals provide the requested information, on the financial assistance application, regarding income, family size and expenses. All personal information is kept confidential. The Y will review assistance eligibility on an annual basis. All financial assistance recipients must re-apply each year and fees are subject to change year to year. If you do not re-apply when requested, your enrollment will be terminated. Click here for an application in PDF format.
To process your application, we need the following information:
A copy of the most recent years tax return
A copy of your last two (2) pay stubs/LES (military)
A copy of any financial support through social security or disability
A copy of any documentation of any Federal Assistance such as Food Stamps, Welfare, Rent Subsidy or Aid to Dependent Children
A copy of any child support agreement
Note: If you do not have a copy of your tax return, you may obtain one by calling the Internal Revenue Service. If you did not file taxes last year, or if you do not have other documents required, please submit a letter explaining your personal situation.
A Y Director will determine financial assistance eligibility after thoroughly reviewing your application. Your application will not be processed until all required documents are provided. Please allow two to three weeks for processing. Upon approval of your application a letter will be sent to you informing you of your approval and will list the amount of your portion of the fee.
Scholarships are awarded to Shelby County residents on a first come, first serve basis, subject to available funds and eligibility. If applying for child care financial assistance, you must be working or attending school full time. Documentation is required.
All YMCA members receive the same membership benefits, regardless of whether or not they are receiving assistance. YMCA members can feel great knowing they are involved in an organization that cares greatly for the health and well being of people, an organization that is committed to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities.