Ways to Save on your YMCA Membership


The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the Chester County community. We serve people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. 

Our fundraising efforts help us to provide financial assistance and income-based membership to ensure that YMCA memberships and/or programs are available for all individuals and families in our community.

Additional opportunities to save on your YMCA membership are highlighted below:

Income Based YMCA Memberships

Income-based memberships are available to individuals and families who meet the eligibility requirements and would like assistance in paying for their membership. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Family Membership: Gross household income for all adults must be under $80,000.

  • Individual Membership: Gross household income for all adults must be under $50,000.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for an income-based membership, stop by a Member Services Desk or call any one of our branches and request a confidential application. You will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Copy of last year’s federal tax return

  • Two recent copies of pay stubs OR social security/disability checks

  • Membership Application

  • Government-issued ID 

Financial Assistance for YMCA Programs

Financial assistance is available to individuals and families meeting specified household income guidelines to assist in paying for YMCA programs such as camp, childcare, swim lessons, sports leagues and more.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, stop by a Member Services Desk or call any one of our branches and ask for a confidential application. Be prepared to submit the following documents:

  • Copy of last year’s federal tax return
  • Two recent copies of pay stubs OR social security/disability checks
  • Government-issued ID 

7th Grade Initiative

Through the YMCA seventh grade initiative, 7th-grade students across Chester County are invited to sign up for a free membership. To get started, bring a school ID, roster or report card and a parent or guardian to your preferred location. 

Enjoy use of the YMCA indoor facilities and attend teen programming including classes, events and programs.

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Why the 7th Grade Initiative Matters

The YMCA knows that as kids face adolescence’s challenges, they are more likely to begin distancing themselves from formal organizations, friends and family and to experiment with unhealthy behaviors. The 7th Grade Initiative offers an alternative where they can make new friends, discover their passions and develop a healthy lifestyle. We believe it's crucial to set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle at a young age.

Kids at this age are discovering who they are, and we want to ensure that they’re set up for future success through an active lifestyle. 


Active Duty Military Memberships

In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, we are proud to offer memberships to eligible military families and personnel. To receive membership benefits from the YMCA Military Outreach Initiative, eligible military families and personnel should follow these steps:

  • Contact Military OneSource at www.MilitaryOneSource.com or 800-342-9647 to confirm eligibility and receive an eligibility form.

  • Visit your local YMCA of Greater Brandywine branch and speak to a Membership Director. 

  • Complete and bring your eligibility form, Military ID and any other required documentation (generally your Deployment Orders or Military Services Headquarters approval letter) to your YMCA for verification.

Healthcare Insurance Reimbursements

Many health insurance companies will cover the full or partial costs of membership or fitness class fees. Check with your insurance company to see if they participate.

If your insurance company requires a minimum number of visits, you can log in via the link below to access this information. 

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Public Safety & Veteran Discounts

The YMCA is proud to extend a discounted membership to Public Safety Employees including police officers, firefighters, EMTs and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Individuals and their immediate families are eligible for 10% off their monthly membership and a waived join fee. 

To sign up please bring your DD214 form (veterans) or proof of employment to your preferred YMCA of Greater Brandywine branch and speak with a membership director.

United Healthcare's Renew Active

As of January 1, 2021, all branches of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine will accept United Healthcare’s Renew Active, which means those with an eligible Medicare plan from United Healthcare can receive a YMCA membership at no additional cost. 

The Renew Active program provides membership to eligible fitness facilities, Staying Sharp, an online brain health program from AARP, an online Fitbit Community, and local health and wellness classes and events. 

Learn more at www.uhcrenewactive.com.

Silver Sneakers

The Silver Sneakers program allows individuals 65+ with certain Medicare plans to receive a YGBW membership as part of their Medicare plan. To see if your current Medicare Advantage plan includes Silver Sneakers, contact your health plan directly. To begin a YGBW membership, bring your Tivity Health ID Card and your photo ID to any of our branches to enroll.

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There are so many benefits to being an employee of the YMCA. To start, you receive a free membership! Learn more today

Thank you for your interest in YMCA membership. Contact information is available in each accordian above and may differ depending on discount. 

All general inquiries can be directed to staff at your preferred YMCA branch.