YMCA of Greater Erie

Membership Means More

At the Y, you’re  not just a member of a facility; you’re part of a cause.  With a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and giving back and supporting our neighbors, your membership will bring about meaningful change not just within yourself, but within our community too.

We are open to everyone and embrace diversity and our programs reflect the unique needs of our community.  We are constantly updating our facilities and adding to our program offerings to fit the needs of you and your family and those in the community.


Kelly Gheres, County YMCA
Laura Powierza, Downtown YMCA
Missy Kelley, Eastside Family YMCA
Tonya Makusi, Glenwood Park YMCA

Affordable for All

We believe that no one should ever be denied membership to the Y and access to our programs and services because of Chris Lovellinability to pay. With generous donations to our annual campaign, the Y offers a financial assistance scholarship program to ensure Y access for all.

Member Guidebooks

County Eastside Family Glenwood Park 

Downtown Y Youth Facility Usage 

Value of a Y Membership

A Y membership gives you so much more than just a place to work out!
Benefits of belonging to the YMCA of Greater Erie include:

  • Membership privileges to all YMCA of Greater Erie Branches and YMCA Camp Sherwin (Metro)
  • Volunteer and philanthropic opportunities.
  • Free health and wellness programs such as the Y’s Wellness Coach program and nutrition and wellness seminars.
  • Hundreds of group exercise classes offered weekly including, Insanity, P90X, Les Mills, PiYo, ZUMBA, cycle, yoga, Pilates, water fitness and more
  • Specialty fitness classes and services like TRX Suspension Training, Kettlebell, Prenatal Yoga and Personal Training
  • Free drop-in Childwatch to ensure your child is in a safe and fun environment while you use the Y.
  • Member discount on programs that require a fee including Early Care, School-Age Enrichment and Summer Camp
  • Nationwide Membership – Flexibility to use other Y facilities throughout the US at no additional cost (must use Erie Y at least 49% of your visits)

Select from a range of membership options:

Metro Membership

A Metro Membership provides unlimited access to any of our four membership facilities, plus the fabulous YMCA Camp Sherwin, our public camping and recreation facility, located in Lake City, PA. The majority of health and wellness programs are included in membership, and for those that are not, members enjoy a significant program discount. Visit as often as you like to take classes and enjoy the facilities and equipment.  A one-time joiner fee of $25 will be added to your membership.

Buddy-Up for Fitness (BFF)

Members/Non-members that Buddy-Up for Fitness both enjoy an exclusive 20% membership savings each month as long as both remain members of the Y.  This program is open to current Y members that buddy-up with a new non-member or two non-members that join together. Visit www.ybuddyforfitness.org for more information.

Friends & Neighbors YMCA Camp Sherwin Preferred Pricing

As our neighborhood BFF, we’re sharing a 20% savings on membership at YMCA Camp Sherwin EXCLUSIVELY for Fairview, Girard and Lake City residents! Get more details here.

Branch Membership

A Branch Membership offers unlimited use at the specific branch you choose.  This membership type is only offered at the County Y in Edinboro or the Downtown Y in Erie. The majority of health and wellness programs are included in membership, and for those that are not, members enjoy a significant program discount. Visit as often as you like to take classes and enjoy the facilities and equipment. Branch ONLY membership rates vary by branch and are only offered at the Downtown, County Y and Camp Sherwin locations. Inquire at your specific branch.

Summer Memberships

Weatherproof your workout and family activities at the Y. Three month summer membership available for purchase from May 15-June 15 and valid 3 months from date of purchase. Click here for more information.

Financial Assistance/Scholarship Membership

As a  nonprofit, charitable organization, the Y provides financial assistance for Y membership and programs in order to ensure that everyone, regardless of your income, has access to the Y.  If fees prove to be an obstacle in your Y participation, please inquire at your local branch.  Download a confidential financial assistance application

Health Plan Fitness Center Discount Programs

Many health plans are offering a “fitness center” benefit as part of their offerings.  And, while we know the Y is much more than a gym or fitness center, we’re participating in a handful of these offers to increase access and affordability of Y memberships.  The YMCA of Greater Erie currently participates in SilverSneakers Fitness Program, Silver & Fit, and Aetna Better Health.  For more information contact your insurance provider or the Y’s Membership Desk.

Military Membership

We understand that military families are under enormous strain. As a member of the Y, you and your family can spend quality time together and enjoy fun activities in a warm, supportive environment. It’s also a place to meet other military families who can relate to your unique situation.

Who is eligible for Military membership?

Title 10 personnel are eligible for a Y membership, including:

  • Family members of deployed National Guard and Reservists
  • Active Duty Independent Duty personnel and their families
  • Relocated spouse/dependent children of deployed Active Duty personnel
    Note: The Relocated Spouse category supports families/spouse who relocate away from an installation/duty station while the active duty service member is deployed. All of the following criteria must be met:
  • The service member is on active duty.
  • The service member is DEPLOYED for a minimum of six months (on deployment orders—NOT unaccompanied orders, NOT geographic bachelors).
  • The spouse has relocated away from the military installation where the service member is assigned (most often, back home near family).
  • Wounded service members assigned to a Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit (CBWTU)

What do I need to do?

  1. Bring your Military ID and any other required documentation (usually, your Deployment Orders or Military Service Headquarters approval letter) to the Y for verification. Please do not leave copies of these documents at the YMCA.

Corporate Wellness Membership

There’s no doubt about it that workplace wellness is worth it. We believe that healthy employees help make a healthy and successful company.  Our Corporate Wellness Program is tailored by employer in order to best meet the needs of the employer.  Customization includes utilization reporting and reimbursement incentives, guest speakers, participation in corporate health fairs and corporate sporting leagues are available as well.

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