Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

All people are welcome to participate in YMCA programs and use our facilities as Members, regardless of race, ability, religion, sex, national origin, or income. In upholding our commitment that “everyone is welcome,” we acknowledge and respect the range of beliefs in our community by modeling acceptance, inclusion, compassion and love. We embrace the worth of each person and assist you in developing your unique gifts and abilities. Please let us know about any special needs.
The Stamford Family YMCA embraces inclusiveness, diversity, and equal opportunity as core values. We understand that the community is stronger when the gifts of all people are respected, embraced and maximized to build a healthier community. Other core values that help define who we are as an organization, and how we do business: caring, approachable, dynamic, innovative, inspiring, ethical, and results-oriented. In support of our core values, the Stamford Family YMCA shall, without regard to race, creed, color, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or ability, include and admit all otherwise qualified persons to its facility, programs, staff, Board of Directors and Trustees.
The YMCA is a values-based, character-building, nonprofit Membership organization that plays a vital role in contributing to the community. Our values of 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, competent and experienced. Our training includes safety, activity planning, CPR, First Aid and more. At the YMCA, young people can develop new skills, increase self-esteem, and make new friends while having fun in safe, nurturing environment. Families can build stronger bonds, achieve greater work/life balance, and become more engaged in their communities. People of all ages and abilities can build a healthier spirit, mind and body. Financial assistance is available, thanks to the generosity of donors like you.
There are a variety of Membership options from which to choose. For details, visit our Membership page.
YMCA Membership and programs are open to everyone. Financial assistance is made available to those who cannot afford the services the YMCA provides. These funds come from the generosity of our donors, from grants, and from earned income of the association. We do not expect to turn anyone away if we have the capacity from any of these sources. We handle all financial assistance applications and supporting documentation confidentially. For details, visit our Financial Assistance page.
Volunteering is an important part of the energy and excellence of the YMCA. YMCA volunteers work at each facility; they help with programs and events; they serve on committees; and some lead as members of the Board of Directors. We are grateful for all volunteer help, and we need a wide range of skills and interests to help us meet the needs of the people and the community that we serve. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, view our volunteering page or call or visit your YMCA.
The Stamford Family YMCA is a nonprofit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service with a 501(c)3 charitable designation. All donations made to the YMCA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. When you donate money, 100% of your donation is used to provide financial assistance to those in need and to subsidize programs. Make a donation online today!
Your support is still needed. Membership fees and donations are two different sources of income, both tied to our charitable mission. Income from program and Membership fees and government sources cover the YMCA’s operating costs, program delivery, and Membership services. It does not cover the cost of community programs for young people and adults or financial assistance for economically disadvantaged youth and families. Your donations support our efforts in the community to provide meaningful opportunities, positive experiences, and caring adult role models to help youth grow into responsible adults. Therefore, your support benefits every community member, regardless of their YMCA involvement.
The YMCA and YWCA are not affiliated. Each is an independent nonprofit organization with a separate but strong mission. The YMCA’s primary focus is character-building programming that helps young people reach their fullest potential in environments that promote a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Our goal is to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.
The entrance to the Stamford Y is on Bell Street. There is metered street parking and parking at the Bell Street garage. Please come to the front desk and pick up a parking pass to put in your car which will be good for that day’s visit.
Towel service is available at the Stamford YMCA to our Members. We reserve the right to request an item of collateral in exchange for a towel during your visit. Lockers are available in the locker rooms – please bring your own lock.