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MDI Y offers free memberships for qualifying veterans through innovative partnership

The YMCA Alliance of Northern New England and US Department of Veterans Affairs, VA

Maine Healthcare System partnership to offer free YMCA memberships to qualifying Maine

veterans exceeds monthly projections.

We are pleased to share that the YMCA Alliance of Northern New England’s partnership with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Maine Healthcare System, exceeded projections in its first month. This innovative partnership provides veterans access to YMCA programs and facilities across the state at no cost to them.

“The Maine YMCAs are well positioned to serve veterans effectively at our facilities across the state with a variety of fitness equipment, quality classes, chronic disease prevention and management programs, social activities, indoor walking tracks, swimming pools, and more. We are excited to be a part of Maine veteran’s whole health journey,” said Meagan Hamblett, CEO of the YMCA Alliance of Northern New England. Maine veterans interested in accessing this benefit are encouraged to speak to their VA Maine primary care provider to inquire about their eligibility. Veterans are encouraged to enroll in VA health care at www.va.gov or by calling 1-877-421-8263.

The 15 YMCAs in Maine serve more than 95,000 people across the state each year. The YMCA

Alliance of Northern New England supports collaboration amongst the state’s Ys and community

partners to increase our impact and advocate for positive change in our communities. Due to its

unparalleled reach, the Y is a powerful advocate for our communities and familiar with the needs of the children, families, and individuals throughout the region.


For more information, contact Holly Richards at the Northern New England Alliance of YMCA's (207-931-8075, holly.richards@nneymcas.org) or Erik Sargent at the Maine VA (207-240-5659)


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The 15 YMCAs in Maine are: Auburn-Lewiston YMCA • Bangor Region YMCA • Bath Area Family YMCA • Boothbay Region YMCA • Central Lincoln County YMCA • Down East Family YMCA • Kennebec Valley YMCA • Mount Desert Island YMCA • Old Town-Orono YMCA • Penobscot Bay YMCA • Piscataquis Regional YMCA • Sanford-Springvale YMCA • State YMCA of Maine • Waldo County YMCA • YMCA of Greater Waterville • YMCA of Southern Maine

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