Financial Assistance Application

Here for Everyone

Committed to our Community

The Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA keeps our promise to serve the community by making our programs, services and facilities available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. The YMCA Financial Assistance Program brings this commitment to life. Individual and corporate contributions, coupled with proceeds from our Annual Support Campaign and the United Way, makes the YMCA Financial Assistance Program possible for people who need it most.

Because of the YMCA Financial Assistance Program, a family in need gains peace of mind knowing that their child is safe under our care; teens interact with and receive support from caring mentors and individuals; and families receive needed social services. The YMCA Financial Assistance Program subsidizes a YMCA membership and program services on a needs-based sliding scale, based on family size and income. Financial assistance is easy and confidential. Simply complete our application and contact/visit the Y.

We have additionally partnered with Geisinger to support our community through the Geisinger Friendly Neighbor program. This program was established to help those in our community facing challenges from social isolation to lack of resources (food, shelter, transportation, medical and more). In addition to financial scholarship to the Y, we’re also offering you an opportunity to participate in this program. Just let us know if you’d like to connect with a volunteer when you complete the form below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible for Y financial assistance?

Anyone may apply for financial assistance. Approval of applications is made on an individual basis. The association uses a sliding-fee scale based on a total household income & number of dependents living in the household. The scale assists the financial assistance officer in determining the amount of scholarship awarded and its applicable time frame.

Is it possible to join the Y for free?
The Y believes a strong sense of ownership & pride is developed when the financial assistance recipient contributes to the cost of their Y involvement. Therefore, applicants will be asked to pay a portion of the fee for the requested service.

If I receive financial assistance, what is expected of me?
Upon approval of the financial assistance, the Y representative will review the conditions of the scholarship with you. Those conditions will include the length of the scholarship, the expectation that you take full advantage of the assistance by using the membership or service regularly, a commitment to make payments on time, and participating in volunteer activities held throughout the year.

How will the financial assistance amount be determined?
Scholarships are determined on an individual basis using a sliding fee scale. The sliding scale uses a combination of the income provided for the household and the number of individuals living in the household.

How long will the financial assistance continue?
Financial assistance is awarded for a full year. At the end of the term, you must reapply for the assistance. Those who are new and families/youth are given priority.

Application Process:

How do I apply?

To apply for a YMCA Camp Kresge scholarship: Click Here

To apply for a membership, programs or child care scholarship:
1. Complete and submit the financial assistance application form found below.
2. Two of the following documents must be submitted with the application from all members of household who contribute to the total annual income. You may submit via email or drop/mail to the front desk:

a. Most recent federal income tax form (1040 or 1040EZ)

b. One of the following:

     1. Two most recent paycheck stubs from date of application

     2. State verification of ALL assistance

     3. Letter of verification of employment and income from employer

You may also complete a paper application at our front desk in Pittston or Wilkes-Barre.

The Y has a designated a scholarship committee that will intake all applications, review and make a determination of assistance awarded. All applications are reviewed in person by a trained and dedicated Y representative. All information is private and confidential.

The Y has open financial review appointments for all applicants. Y representatives will be available to sit down with all applicants, review their applications, answer any questions, tour the building and grant awards for membership and/or program subsidies. Times will vary, please call the Y for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Upon approval, you will receive an award letter that is good for 30 days from the approval date.