As at all 2,686 YMCAs in America, Meeting Waters YMCA makes the commitment that no one will be denied access to any of our programs due to lack of financial resources. Our Annual Support Campaign (held each fall), Reach Out to Youth Campaign (held each spring), grant writing activities, and state child care licensing contracts aim to develop a pool of financial resources large enough to meet the needs of the children and families who want to use our programs but can not afford to pay the full program fees.
There are three main forms of Financial Assistance for parents of children who want to attend our programs. For our Y-ASPIRE and summer camp programs, the major form of assistance is the Child Care Financial Assistance programs in Vermont and New Hampshire. This program is designed to support middle to lower income parents who are working or in a job training program as well as parents with special needs.
There are two other forms of Financial Assistance that will help many area families. Meeting Waters YMCA has a Scholarship Fund built from local contributions and grant awards. In addition, service organizations from many communities in our region conduct fundraising activities in order to support those who would like to participate in our camp programs.
Determination of YMCA scholarship awards is based on demonstrated financial need and amount of financial aid available (based on the amount contributed by individuals and organizations from the applicant's community). We review applications on a rolling basis although requesting support well ahead of a program cycle helps us make determinations based on the combined needs of the families we serve. Applicants are notified in writing within one week of an application being received whether or not they've received Financial Assistance from Meeting Waters YMCA and, if so, how much.