The Harrisburg Area YMCA offers special memberships that allow various individuals to have access to our services at special rates! Whether you are a military family in need of assistance, a college student looking to join for the summer, or a family who makes under $50,000 a year, we offer affordable membership rates to help you accomplish your health goals at the Y.
We want to make sure everyone has access to the YMCA, so click on our special memberships below to see if you qualify.
We understand that military families are under enormous strain. As a member of the Y, you and your family can spend quality time together and enjoy fun activities in a warm, supportive environment. It’s also a place to meet other military families who can relate to your unique situation.
Who is eligible for membership?
Title 10 personnel are eligible for a Y membership, including:
- Family members of deployed National Guard and Reservists
- Active Duty Independent Duty personnel and their families
- Relocated spouse/dependent children of deployed Active Duty personnel
Note: The Relocated Spouse category supports families/spouse who relocate away from an installation/duty station while the active duty service member is deployed.
All of the following criteria must be met:
- The service member is on active duty.
- The service member is DEPLOYED for a minimum of six months (on deployment orders— NOT unaccompanied orders, NOT geographic bachelors).
- The spouse has relocated away from the military installation where the service member is assigned (most often, back home near family).
- Wounded service members assigned to a Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit (CBWTU)
What do I need to do?
- Contact Military OneSource at www.militaryonesource.com or 800-342-9647 to confirm your eligibility and receive an eligibility form.
- Find a participating Y in your area using the search tool below.
- Fill out and bring your eligibility form, Military ID and any other required documentation (usually, your Deployment Orders or Military Service Headquarters approval letter) to a participating YMCA for verification. Please do not leave copies of these documents at the YMCA.
Open Doors Membership
As a not-for-profit dedicated to inclusion and diversity, the East Shore Branch found our current rates were not affordable for many of our neighbors: Adults with incomes under $31,000 and families with incomes under $50,000.
In order to fulfill our commitment to make the Y available to all in our community who are/would like to be Y members, we created Open Doors rates of $27.99 for individuals and $44.99 for families, with a $2 per month fee for those who opt for e-pay. See our Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about this service.
Is my membership limited in any way?
You can enjoy full membership privileges at the East Shore Branch, including free Y-Fit sessions, free fitness classes (excluding TRX), discounted programming, and five free visitor passes. Your Open Doors membership is a branch only membership.
What if I still can’t afford the membership fees?
We will continue to offer scholarships, for those who qualify, to provide additional financial support for their East Shore YMCA membership. We encourage you to apply.
Am I eligible for any further discounts?
Open Doors memberships are not eligible for further discounts.
How do I become eligible for the Open Doors membership?
When you enroll you immediately become eligible for the Open Doors membership. There is no waiting period. There are no interviews. Just complete the standard membership application and a very brief Addendum, outlining your sources of income. You will need to provide proof of income (W-2 or tax return in most cases). If you do not have documentation at the time of enrollment, you will have 30 days within which to present such documentation. If you do not provide the requisite documentation within 30 days, we will change your membership classification to the most appropriate non-Open Doors category and adjust your rate accordingly.
Will my membership renew automatically?
We will request updated proof of income before the annual anniversary of your membership. If you fail to provide such updated proof of income we reserve the right to change your membership type from Open Doors to the appropriate category.
What are the payment options?
An individual may pay $335.88 (12x$27.99) on an annual basis. A household may pay $539.88 ($44.99 x 12) on an annual basis. You may also elect to have your membership fee deducted automatically from your checking or savings account, or credit card, on the 15th of each month. This e-pay service costs $2 per month.
Am I able to purchase the Optional Service Package?
The Optional Service Package offers lockers, free parking tokens and other locker room amenities. You may subscribe to this package for $17 per month for an individual or $22 per month for a family (OSP 1) and $27 for a family (OSP 2).
Non-Profit Organization Group Membership
The Harrisburg Area YMCA opens its doors to special communities to help their members achieve their full potential. We work to strengthen the communities we serve by collaborating with other nonprofit and human service organizations to offer special memberships when appropriate our mission.
Our current mission partners include:
- The ARC of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties
- Residents of Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg Hospital
- The United Methodist Home for Children
Corporate Employee Group Membership
The YMCA is very proud of the many companies who invest in the good health of their employees through endorsing and supporting the YMCA Corporate Membership Program. Five or more employees from a company may receive a 10% reduction on membership when they join the Harrisburg Area YMCA. At least five employees must maintain their memberships in the Harrisburg Area YMCA to retain the discounted fee.
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Our East Shore, West Shore, and Northern Dauphin County YMCA branches offer 3-month, summer-only College Student Memberships designed to give college students the opportunity to stay connected to a fitness center when home for the summer.
Registration for these special memberships begins now until June 30th! Your membership package will begin the date of your registration and terminate exactly 3 months from that date. For $99, this membership will include:
To apply for this membership, please contact your local YMCA today! Applications must be submitted by June 30th to register for this special promotion.
*Some restrictions apply. Please see additional class pricing for more information.
**Special Rates apply to the Northern Dauphin County YMCA branch. Please see branch for additional details.
All prices listed on this page are subject to change without notice. The Harrisburg Area YMCA does not guarantee that these rates are currently offered at any branch. Please see the branch of your choice for more information.