About the Y
Thanks to funds from our Annual Campaign, the YMCA of Honolulu provides financial assistance for children, teens, adults and families who cannot afford the full cost of a Y membership or program. Using a sliding fee scale based on total household income and the number of household members, financial assistance is provided based on availability of donor funds.
How do I apply for financial assistance?
We require documentation to verify household size and income. Qualification for YMCA financial assistance must be renewed each year.
- Call our Call Center at 808-678-4296, Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, to pre-qualify.
- After being pre-qualified, schedule an appointment with your YMCA Branch location and bring the required documents:
- Your Government-issued photo ID
- Most recent W-2(s)
- Full tax return (1040, 1040EZ, 1040A, or Schedule C)
Alternative Documents Accepted (If W-2s or Tax Returns are not available):
- Copy of paystubs (one-month)
- Benefit Statement (Social Security, Disability or Unemployment)
- Government Assistance Benefits letter
- Letter from your employer verifying your employment and stating your annual salary
- For United States Military members: Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
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, our sliding fee scale based on total household income and the number of household members, and availability of donor funds.
You can use our financial assistance online calculator here:
How long will assistance continue?
Assistance is granted for duration of a program or for a specific time period of not longer than 1 year. 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 Campaign, Teen Development Fund, Heritage Club as well as foundation grants from various organizations, and from the Aloha United Way.