My Y is Every Y

Another great reason for being a YMCA member!

Your YMCA membership card will provide you free access to any YMCA membership facility in New England. We are for healthy living and we want you to stay active and keep moving! Now, we have made sure there is a Y wherever you are. So get out and explore New England, visit friends and relatives, and remember to take your Y card with you.

All YMCA members from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, will be welcome - free - with their current YMCA ID card anywhere in New England.

Some restrictions may apply, so go to your YMCA’s website and click on My Y Is Every Y to learn more. There are no restrictions for YMCA members visiting the Meriden YMCA. Photo ID also required.

FAQs about the My Y is Every Y Program

Who is eligible to participate in the New England Membership Reciprocity Program?

The program is for full facility/full privilege Y members whose home Y is located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut.

Does it cost extra to participate in this program?
No, all full facility/full privilege members may participate at no additional charge. The reciprocity program is intended to be an added benefit and convenience for members when visiting other communities. You need to maintain a full facility/full privilege membership at the Y you visit most frequently.

How often can I use one of these YMCAs? Are there any restrictions on what I can do at a particular YMCA
This program is designed to allow visitors from other Y's to be occasional guests. Whatever YMCA you pay your membership dues to is considered your home Y and members should be spending 50% or more of their time at their home Y. We recommend members check the individual Y’s website before visiting.  See for a complete listing of all Ys. 

How will I know if there are any restrictions and what they are?
Please visit the website of the Y you would like to visit.  All Ys will have updated information posted on their  website.

What to know when visiting the Meriden YMCA:

Fitness Classes:

Our Fitness classes are available on a space available basis. Meriden YMCA members have first priority for classes, especially those that require advance registration such Spin, Combat Cardio Kickboxing, and Treadmill Body class as those noted above. Guests from other YMCAs and staff members can put their name on the waiting list for the class and take them on a space available basis. Walk in classes are also available on a space available basis for guests.

Our Child Watch service, our Mountain Mist Outdoor Center are for Meriden YMCA members. CrossFit Meriden classes are for Meriden YMCA members with CrossFit memberships.

Does this replace the “Always Welcome at the YMCA” (AWAY) program?
No, the AWAY Program is still in existence and many Ys across the country participate in this program.  The AWAY Program may be helpful to those members who are travelling outside of New England or for members outside of New England visiting New England Ys.

What do I need to bring to verify that I am a current Y member?
You must bring your current membership card and a photo ID (i.e. driver’s license) in order to utilize another Y.  By providing both of these items the staff at the visiting Y will be able to verify your current Y membership.  It is mandatory that you bring both of these items with you.

Do I need to sign anything?
As a reciprocal member visiting another Y you will need to agree to abide by all of their rules and regulations.  You will likely be asked to sign a liability waiver and/or other document outlining that local Y’s policies and procedures and show your photo i.d.

What if I want to sign up for a program at another YMCA?
For purposes of program registration (i.e. swimming lessons, camp, child care etc.) you would be considered a non-member and would pay the corresponding nonmember rate if available.

Does reciprocity at the Meriden YMCA include use of the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center?
Use of the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center is for full privilege Meriden YMCA members only (family, senior, adult).

Can I bring a guest with me when I visit the Meriden YMCA under the reciprocity program?
Guests are only allowed with full Meriden YMCA members. Guest must show a photo id, sign our guest book, abide by our code of conduct, and pay a guest fee of $12 per day.


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