Frequently Asked Questions

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The Vision of the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is to create a year round recreational community center that brings Islanders and visitors of every age group and economic level together in one place to help them attain their individual goals in a balanced holistic method.


The Mission of the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, individuals, families and the Island community by helping our members realize their fullest potential through the development of body, mind, and spirit. Through our programs, we aim to achieve the following goals:


  • To provide year-round services for youth, adults and families
  • To prevent and intervene with at-risk youth and teens
  • To bring different sectors of Island life together through the offering of a multitude of services and intergenerational opportunities
  • To develop health and prevention programs, leadership development, job skills training, learning opportunities, and leisure activities for these identified groups. 








Have you raised all the money?
Our fundraising efforts continue and the support of donations is greatly appreciated as this facility would not exist without generous donations.  We are currently raising funds for Phase II construction.  Funds are needed to build the indoor gymnasium and expanded Teen Center.







What are the hours of operation?
Our hours of operation will be: Monday – Friday 5:30AM-9PM, Saturday 7AM – 8PM and Sunday 8AM – 6PM.


Who can become a member?
Memberships are available for men, women and children of all ages and faiths.  The YMCA offers various membership types to accommodate families and individuals of all ages residing year-round or seasonally. Visit our Membership page for more information.


How can I qualify and apply for a membership subsidy?
Please visit our Financial Assistance page for information on our Scholarship program and to download an application.


Are classes included in membership fees?
Yes, basic classes like yoga, spinning and aerobics (studio and water) will be included. Additional fees will apply for personal trainers and specialty programs.


Do you offer babysitting services and do you charge?
Yes, there is a drop-in Child Watch room available to members at no additional cost. Visit our Child Watch page for more information.


Do you offer birthday parties?
Yes, there is a fee to rent the family pool and a space to hold a party. Usually this is a two hour event – one hour in the pool and one hour in the room. Please contact Nina Lombardi, Membership Director at ext 112 or to book your party today!


Do you rent the building out for special events?
It is possible to rent the entire building after hours and many Ys hold sleepovers or “lock ins” for teens. Groups would have to pay a fee to cover the costs of keeping the building open.


What do you serve in the café?
Currently we are offering on smoothies, wraps, salads and other healthy snacks. Please visit our Y Café page for more information.


Is the café open to the general public?
Yes.  Centrally located between Edgartown and Vineyard Haven, we hope to offer a meeting space that all Islanders will find themselves enjoying whether they are a member or not.





What does YMCA stand for?
Young Men’s Christian Association


Why do you keep the words “Men” and “Christian” in your name if the Y is open to everyone?
The words “Men” and “Christian” are part of the Y’s historic holdover from its founding 150 years ago. People of all faiths and gender can and do belong to Ys. The YMCA name and logo is one of the most recognized brands in the world and most people associate the YMCA with excellence in family programming and the place you go to learn how to swim.


What is the relationship between the YMCA of the USA and the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard?
The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is an independent YMCA. It is self-supporting and raises money locally for construction and for ongoing operating costs. The National YMCA lends tremendous technical support and guidance regarding programs, facility construction and operations. The Y of the USA also provides a dedicated individual that works with us on all aspects of operations, staffing and best practices. In addition the YMCA of the USA has linked us with other Y facilities for on-going support and mentoring.


Will the National YMCA help raise the money to build the Y?
No, each YMCA is self-supporting and raises money independently for construction and for ongoing operating costs.


Is the YMCA a non –profit?
Yes, all Ys are non-profit and a portion of our operating profit relies on grants and charitable donations


Will the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard be self sustaining?
Our local feasibility studies and the proven track record of Y’s our size in communities with similar populations, have shown that our facility will be self sustaining. This will happen through a combination of memberships, fundraising and program fees.


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