YMCA begins statewide membership benefit


Beginning Nov. 1, Y Members can visit the any YMCA in NC and the Gateway YWCA in Winston-Salem

Beginning Nov. 1, full facility/full privilege YMCA members in North Carolina have the flexibility to use other Y facilities throughout the state, at no extra charge.

“We want to encourage you to use the Y as often as possible in order to meet your health and wellness goals,” said Curt Hazelbaker, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. “Sometimes, it is more convenient for a Y member to use a Y in a different location when traveling, near a workplace, or in another region. This program allows active Y members the flexibility to use other Y facilities.”

YMCAs across North Carolina are participating in the Reciprocal Membership Program that allows members to visit any Y as part of their membership with no additional charge. Members belong to the branch they use more than 50% of the time, but can visit other facilities as part of their membership.

In the Northwest North Carolina area, the new partnership also includes the Gateway YWCA in Winston-Salem. Gateway YWCA members will be able to visit any of the 16 branches within the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Association.

The Gateway YWCA includes the Helen C. Hanes Aquatic Center with an eight-lane competition pool and the largest indoor Water Park in the Winston-Salem area. The YWCA also includes a fitness center, three group exercise studios, and a wide range of exercise classes, as well as AAU regulation-size basketball courts and indoor track.

“This new partnership allows the YWCA and YMCA to better serve our community and is a huge benefit to members of both organizations,” said YWCA CEO Christy Respess. “Our shared goal is to help our community live healthier. By providing greater access to our facilities, we are providing more opportunities for children, adults, and families to improve their lives.”

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina includes 16 locations in Forsyth, Stokes, Davie, Yadkin, Iredell, Wilkes and Alexander counties. The new membership structure allows Y members to access more pool space, hundreds of group exercise class offerings, more gym space, racquetball courts, as well as specialty programs including Hot Yoga, CrossFit at three locations, Les Mills GRIT, and state-of-the-art Training Centers. When you join the YMCA, you also receive three free uFit sessions with a Wellness Coach to help members set and achieve goals.

“When you join the Y, you are not only joining facilities with state-of-the-art wellness centers and pools, you are also part of a cause that strengthens our community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility,” said the YMCA’s Hazelbaker. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina offers financial assistance and never turns anyone away due to the inability to pay.

Details about the program can be found on the YMCA’s website at ymcanwnc.org/MyYisEveryY.

Beginning Nov. 1, Y Members can visit the any YMCA in NC and the Gateway YWCA in Winston-Salem
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