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Greater Valley YMCA Offers Free Membership to Furloughed Federal Employees

January 18, 2019 at 2:16 PM

[Lehigh Valley, January 18, 2019 – As the federal government shutdown continues, the Greater Valley YMCA is extending support to those community members impacted by this time of uncertainty.  The branches of the Greater Valley YMCA offering relief to those affected are located in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton/Phillipsburg, Nazareth, Suburban North, and Slate Belt.


Any furloughed federal government employee who is not currently being paid due to the shutdown is welcome to use the YMCA’s facilities through a free one-month membership.  If an individual is already a member of the Greater Valley YMCA, their next monthly YMCA membership fee will be waived.


“This is about helping our community in this difficult time,” said David Fagerstrom, President and CEO of the Greater Valley YMCA. “At the Y, we work to strengthen the foundations of our community. When we see an area in our community where help is needed, we respond. We hope that those impacted by the government shutdown will take advantage of the mental, physical and emotional support we aim to give those in need.,” Fagerstrom added.  


The YMCA’s support of our community extends beyond the government shutdown, as the Y has always focused on social responsibility. The Y currently provides financial assistance to those in need to ensure everyone has access to the YMCA’s facilities and program offerings, and provided over one million dollars in subsidy/scholarships to the Lehigh Valley in 2018.


Those community members impacted by the shutdown simply need to visit the member services desk at their local YMCA branch with their government-issued ID and furlough letter to take advantage of this benefit. Branch locations can be found at




About the Greater Valley YMCA

Greater Valley YMCA is a volunteer-led, nonprofit, community organization. The Y is committed to strengthening community by positively changing lives every day. At each of our branches, we concentrate our efforts in three areas: Healthy Living, Youth Development, and Social Responsibility. The Greater Valley YMCA serves the Lehigh Valley and consists of branches in Allentown, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Easton/Forks, Nazareth, and Pen Argyl. To learn more, support, or join the Y, visit



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Households across our community have different needs so we offer a variety of membership types. Each of our locations offer many different programs, schedules, and classes therefore offerings and fees may vary by branch.


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Financial Assistance


Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. At The Y, no child, family or adult is turned away due to an inability to pay.


Financial assistance awards are assessed on a case by case basis during a one-on-one, confidential session with a staff member. Those interested in applying for our financial assistance program are encouraged to download this form, or stop in to any of our branches to learn more and pick up an application.

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