Q. Have you changed your name?
A. In September of 2016 at a meeting of the YMCA membership, the members voted to approve a legal name change from YMCA of the Inland Northwest to Young Men’s Christian Association of the Inland Northwest to comply with a requirement in the YUSA national member standards where all YMCA names must include the words “Young Men’s Christian Association.” The name change was accepted by the Washington Secretary of State on October 24, 2016. We will continue to do business under the trade name YMCA of the Inland Northwest for most general business activities to minimize any inconvenience or confusion. Further, we are currently working to update our name with the appropriate governmental agencies and business partners.
Q. What if I can't afford to become a member?
A. The YMCA believes everyone should have the opportunity to become a member. Our Membership for All program makes this possible with a sliding scale for membership fees depending on income and family members. To see if you qualify for the Membership for All program, click here. Additionally, the YMCA also offers program scholarships for families in need of assistance.
Q. Have the YMCA and YWCA merged?
A. No. Both organizations retain their unique identity and mission. The co-location provided an opportunity to be collaborative while independent.
Q. Who can participate at the YMCA?
A. Everyone is welcome - the YMCA of the Inland Northwest is a membership organization open to all people: women and men, girls and boys of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientation, abilities and financial circumstances. Programs and branches embrace diversity, reflecting the needs and composition of the communities we serve. Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available for those in need.
Q. Can I access all the YMCA of the Inland Northwest locations when I join one?
A. Yes, your membership privileges will extend to all 3 YMCA of the Inland Northwest locations. Your memberhsip card also may be honored at more than 2,500 YMCAs across the country if they participate in the AWAY (Always Welcome at the YMCA) program. Some restrictions apply. Please check with the local Y you are planning to visit in advance.
Q. What makes the YMCA unique?
A. The Y is a values-based, character-building, non-profit membership organization that plays a vital role in contributing to the community. Our values or caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are in everything we do. We plan our high-quality programs around essential elements to help kids grow up caring and responsible. Our staff is caring, nurturing and experienced. Our training includes: safety, management modules, CPR, Child Abuse Prevention, First Aid and more.
At the Y, young people can develop new skills, increase self-esteem, and make new friends while having fun in safe, nurturing environments. Families can build stronger bonds by engaging in activities together. Seniors can socialize and improve their health, while adults can find release from their busy lives. People of all ages and abilities can build a healthier spirit, mind and body while becoming more engaged in their communities.
Q. How does payment work?
A. Membership includes a one-time joining fee and monthly dues. Your first month's dues will be pro-rated at the time that you join. Most members pay dues through a monthly bank or credit card draft that we set up. You can also pay for your membership on an annual basis.
Q. What is a Y Membership?
A. As a Y Member, you have full access to the Y facilities that you join (three Spokane locations). This includes fitness centers, group exercise classes, lap and recreational swimming, and some much more. You also receive a free one-hour orientation and follow-up appointment with a Wellness Coach and priority early registration for fee-based programs. A Program Member is someone who enrolls in a particular program such as swim lessons, youth sports, or child care and who do not wish to have full access to the YMCA facilities. General usage of the Y is not included.
Q. Do you offer Child Care while I exercise?
A. Yes! Child Watch is a benefit of Family Memberships. Child Watch is available for children between the ages of 6 weeks - 6 years. Times may vary, check with your local Y for times. Available to two free hours while you work out.