Join one YMCA, join them all (in the state of Michigan)

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Here’s a press release about a new benefit from joining the Y:

In the state of Michigan there are 27 independent YMCA associations with more than 60 locations. As of March 1, all associations have a reciprocity agreement, so that a member of any YMCA in Michigan may visit any Y in the state as a membership benefit. 

A member’s “home” Y (where their contract is held) is the one that he/she uses at least 51% of the time, other Ys that a member visits are known as “reciprocal” Ys. 

Fran Talsma, Executive Director of the State Alliance of Michigan YMCAs and Ann Arbor YMCA Board member explains, “The spirit behind the reciprocity program is founded in the belief that the Y is one Movement and that we want to encourage members to utilize the Y as often as they can to meet their health and wellness goals. Sometimes, it is more convenient for a Y member to utilize a Y facility in a different location when traveling, near a workplace or in another region. This program allows active, full facility/full privilege members the flexibility to use other Y facilities and increases the value of their Y membership.” The program covers the use of standard Y facilities (pools, track, gym, Wellness Center) but does not necessarily include Child Watch, classes or other specialty programs at the reciprocal Y. Any restrictions will be noted on the specific Y’s website. 

YMCAs that are in “vacation hubs” can promote a short-term membership (three months or less) to a visiting member when the visiting member becomes a seasonal user of the “vacation hub” Y. Likewise, YMCAs can promote a short-term membership to a college student who is back in his/her hometown for the summer. 

About the Ann Arbor YMCA 

The Ann Arbor YMCA has been in existence since 1858 – only seven years after the first YMCA was established in the US. The current Ann Arbor facility was opened in 2005 and is in downtown Ann Arbor. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver lasting personal and social change. For more information: www.annarborymca.org and www.ymca.net 

Jim McBee

Founding partner, creative director and ink-stained wretch with The Ann magazine.