About the Y

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Honolulu is a community organization and exists for the benefit and enjoyment of all who live and work in our community. For years, people have trusted the YMCA to provide quality programs and activities at a reasonable cost. The YMCA’s policy is to provide facilities and programs accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial status.

YMCA Financial Assistance for Y Memberships and Programs
As a nonprofit charitable organization, the YMCA is able to provide financial assistance for Y memberships and programs based on need and availability of funds. Funds are generously provided by contributions given by individuals, companies and foundations.

How do I apply for financial assistance?
It's easy to apply for financial assistance. Simply fill out a Financial Assistance application, available at your local YMCA, and submit it with the valid support documentation. When you complete the form, please include the amount of assistance that you will need.  

Which YMCA programs offer financial assistance?
Assistance is available for most YMCA programs, including individual, family and senior memberships, as well as child care, camp, youth sports and special classes.

How much financial assistance will I receive?
The amount of assistance is based on demonstrated need as determined on an individual basis.

How long will assistance continue?
Assistance is granted for a specific time period, or for the duration of a program. When assistance has expired, it is possible to renew with a new application.

Will my financial assistance application and information be confidential?
Financial Assistance applications are held in complete confidence and are seen only by YMCA administrative staff members. Individuals receiving assistance receive the same program services as those paying full fees.

How can I help the YMCA of Honolulu and show my appreciation for financial assistance?
Financial assistance recipients are encouraged to volunteer at the YMCA. Volunteers can be involved in clerical assistance, event planning, coaching youth sports, leading group exercise classes and other rewarding situations. Some volunteers have special talents or skills that they provide for the YMCA. As a non-profit organization, the YMCA is grateful to the hundreds of community volunteers who help out in many ways each day.

We encourage Financial Assistance recipients to write a brief note describing how the program has been of help to them. These may be shared with YMCA supporters, who appreciate knowing how their contributions are used.

Who provides the funds for the financial assistance?
The Financial Assistance program is made possible through generous gifts provided by the businesses and individuals who contribute to the YMCA of Honolulu’s Annual Support Campaign, Teen Development Fund, Heritage Club as well as foundation grants from various organizations, and from the Aloha United Way.