With Christmas break just days away for most college students, the Mattoon Area Family YMCA welcomes students back to the area with Home for the Holidays Memberships. You do not have to be a student to enjoy this 30-day membership, but it is perfect for the student home just for a month.

Home for the Holidays offers a 30-day membership for $30. Enjoy access to the Y’s wellness center, indoor pool, gyms and most fitness classes. After 30 days if you want to continue your membership, visit with our Y staff to discuss long term membership.

A new membership option at the Mattoon YMCA is the Young Adult Category. This is for any person between the ages of 18-26 seeking to join the YMCA. With a new lower rate, young adults can still enjoy the same features of membership.

As a young adult, you are excited to be living on your own for the first time. Along with these changes come new expenses and stresses. Y staff recognizes the needs of young adults but also realize the benefits of taking care of yourself. We hope to see young adults become more involved with the Y. Through healthy living and the social aspect of the YMCA, life can be more balanced. We encourage young adults to consider our fitness classes and adult sports programs, as well as visit our wellness center and pool.

Right now is a great time for anyone to join the YMCA. Currently there is no joining fee with the donation of a small toy item for Toys for Tots. This special will be available through the entire month of December and items may be dropped off at the Y welcome desk.

Membership options are available for youth, adults, seniors and families. To make membership affordable to all, the Mattoon YMCA offers Membership for All Scholarship. By providing income verification, you may find you qualify for a reduced rate for membership. Whether you are in between jobs, have started over in your career, experienced divorce or other life events, you still deserve to belong at the Y.

Check out Mattoon YMCA’s website, www.mattoonymca.org to learn more about Membership for All. On this site you will find an easy calculator to help determine if you might qualify for this program. Our Y staff will gladly answer any question you may have about the program as well as the benefits of joining the Y.

Visit the Y at 221 N 16th Street, Mattoon to learn more about membership and while finishing your Christmas list consider purchasing membership gift certificates.

The Mattoon YMCA is a non-profit organization providing Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility to Mattoon and other local communities.