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NEW ENGLAND YMCAs JOIN TO OFFER RECIPROCAL MEMBERSHIPS

Y members can now access facilities in all six New England states for free

Boston, June 1, 2011 – The Y stands for healthy living and to make sure all members continue to be involved wherever they may travel, YMCAs across New England have joined together to offer reciprocal membership through their “My Y is Every Y” program.

The program, which began in June, allows Y members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to access all YMCAs in these states at no charge when they present a valid Y ID card.

“Our members count on their local Ys here in greater Boston for their health and wellness needs. Now they’ll be able to take advantage of what Ys across New England have to offer. We’re very excited to be able to bring this added benefit to members,” said Kelley Rice, Senior Vice President of Development at the YMCA of Greater Boston. “We look forward to welcoming members from other Ys as we all stand together to strengthen our communities.”

Through “My Y is Every Y”, full facility/full privilege members will have access rights to all YMCAs in New England. Members should bring their YMCA ID card and a photo ID card to check into a partner Y. Some restrictions may apply depending on the YMCA, so members are encouraged to check with the Y they plan to visit ahead of time to learn the specifics.

YMCAs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island began “My Y is Every Y” in 2010 and with its success, the program expanded to all six states.

“The program was very successful in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, so we’re pleased to be able to expand these benefits to members New England wide,” said Lisa Drouin, Resource Director for YMCA of the USA. “No matter where our members travel in these states, they’ll be able to stay connected to the local community and improve their health and well-being.”

For more information about the “My Y is Every Y” program, visit our Membership page.

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About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 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 to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net