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YMCA membership becomes universal

And the same goes for everyone else with a New England Y membership.

YMCAs across New England have joined together to offer reciprocal membership through the “My Y is Every Y” program. The program, which began this month, 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 Y here in Holyoke for their health and wellness needs,” Jennifer Gilburg, associate executive director of the Greater Holyoke YMCA, said in a statement.

“Now they’ll be able to take advantage of what Ys across New England have to offer,” Gilburg said. “We’re very excited to be able to bring this added benefit to members. 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.

For more information about the “My Y is Every Y” program, contact Gilburg at 534-5631 or jgilburg@holyokeymca.org.

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