Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Delaware is a not-for-profit health and human services organization committed to helping people grow in spirit, mind, and body. YMCAs are here to serve people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. The Y is community-based and efforts are made to make its programs and services available to everyone. That’s why the YMCA offers an OPEN DOORS program. OPEN DOORS is a sliding fee scale that is designed to fit each individuals financial situation. Over the years, we have found that the OPEN DOORS program is utilized by:

• Youth referred by schools, churches, and organizations
• Adults who are temporarily out of work
• Those who are divorced and experiencing financial hardships
• People on fixed incomes
• People who are overwhelmed by medical bills
• Those experiencing other financial hardships

The YMCA of Delaware requests that individuals provide the information on the attached form regarding income, family size, and necessary expenses so that it can provide financial assistance in a fair and consistent manner. The YMCA also requires that individuals reapply annually, or when requested, to keep the information on their application updated. The ability of the YMCA to respond to requests for assistance is dependent upon the success of fundraising projects and the current operating financial situation. Financial assistance rarely covers 100% of the total membership or program fee.

Your fees are subject to increase when you reapply. If you do not reapply when requested, your enrollment may be terminated.

To process your application, we will need the following information for all adults in the household to verify household income (as applies):
• Copy of last years tax return (We need the 1040 Federal Tax Return, we do not accept W2 forms)
• Copy of last two pay stubs
• Copy of social security or disability checks (or copy of bank statement showing
amount of automatic monthly deposit).
• Copy of retirement/pension income
• Copy of child support
• Copy of state assistance, including food stamps
• Copy of unemployment checks

NOTE: If you do not have a copy of your tax return, you may obtain one by calling the Internal Revenue Service (1-800-829-1040). If you did not file taxes last year, or you don’t have the other documents required, please submit a letter explaining your personal situation. You may be contacted by the Business Office.

To submit your application, please email it to Marisa Raffaele,

Please allow 14 days to process your application. Once your application has been processed, an agreement letter outlining your financial assistance will be mailed to you. To activate the financial assistance, please bring the agreement letter with you to our member service desk. All YMCA members receive the same membership benefits, regardless of whether or not they are receiving assistance. YMCA members can feel great knowing that they are involved in an organization that cares greatly for the health and well-being of people and is committed to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

Click here to download a Financial Assistance application