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YMCA enters into reciprocity agreement with other Virginia YMCAs
SoVaNow.com / March 30, 2015
All members of the YMCA of South Boston/Halifax County have something to cheer about.
Effective June 1, the vast majority of YMCAs in Virginia have agreed to grant reciprocity privileges for the members of other Commonwealth YMCAs.
This means members can have access to YMCAs all over Virginia for no charge.
Each YMCA has the right to limit access to certain features of membership, such as child care, in order to serve their members first but the majority of facilities/programs are available to all.
The reciprocity agreement started with a group of Southside Virginia YMCAs developing a task force to create such an agreement, of which the local YMCA participated in from the first meeting.
After the task force drafted an agreement, Y National Resource manager, Barry Watkins, presented it to other Virginia YMCAs and most have agreed to the document.
This agreement is different than the Y Away Program that has been around for years in many ways.
Y Away was only accepted by some YMCAs. Some YMCAs charged and others did not.
The reciprocity agreement is consistent across Virginia. A few other states have adopted similar agreements, such as Ohio, New England states and Kentucky.
The YMCAs will be using Daxko Reciprocity Software that will confirm membership of other YMCA members.
A membership card and photo ID will be required to enter another YMCA.
YMCA board chairman Brandon Scearce, said, “This is a major benefit to the members of all YMCAs throughout the Commonwealth. When traveling around Virginia our members can enjoy other YMCA facilities and continue their quest for healthy living without hassle or cost. This is another example of how the YMCA is committed to enhancing the lives of people in our community.” 218
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