The Diversity, Engagement, and Global Inclusion committee at the Greater Waterbury YMCA recognizes that members of our community often get turned away by our financial aid program. We recognize that as an organization, we often let people in need get turned away at the Y. This new program, "Economic Hardship," hopes to make the YMCA more accessible to our service area. We understand that many people who live in our community cannot give us the necessary documentation we require.



The goal of the Diversity, Inclusion and Global engagement or DIG is to open the Greater Waterbury YMCA to all who are in need and give them access to all of our programs at the YMCA. Whether you need Childcare, Camp, Swim Lessons, Membership, or Youth Sports we want to work with you to access these programs to something that is reasonable and accessible to you.



To apply for our program scroll down and download our Economic Hardship application. Then someone from the DIG committee will review your application and contact you.

Apply for Economic Hardship

Required Documentation:

Denied Open Doors Application- If you did not apply for financial aid, please explain why in the tell us more box.

Recent Notarized Letter of Employment

If you live in a shelter, please ask the shelter to provide you a letter stating that you are living there and that they recommend the Y for you with their contact information. 

If you currently reside in a halfway house, we require a signed letter of recommendation from your Parole Officer & Their Contact Information. As well as a signed recommendation letter from the halfway house with their contact information. Please note that the YMCA scans all who enter through the Sex Offender Registry.


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