Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate at the YMCA?
All individuals are welcome to attend the Stephens Family YMCA programs and use our facilities as members regardless of race, ability, religion, sex, national origin, or level of income. In upholding our commitment that “Everyone is Welcome,” the Stephens Family YMCA acknowledges and honors the wide range of religious, spiritual and philosophical beliefs that volunteers, members, staff and community participants may hold. The YMCA respects the range of beliefs in our community by modeling acceptance, inclusion, compassion and love. We embrace the worth of each individual and assist them in developing their unique gifts and abilities.
Where is the Stephens Family YMCA located?
We are located at 2501 Fields Drive Champaign, Il 61822 - near the corner of Windsor and Staley Roads.
What programs does the YMCA offer?
The Stephens family YMCA offers a wide variety of programs, including group exercise classes, aquatics, camps, youth sports, child care, teen programs, and active older adult programs. Program information is available on this web site, or contact the location nearest you to receive specific information about facility use and programs.
How can I join the Y?
The YMCA is a membership organization. As a member, you have access to both facilities. For more information on the various types of membership, please visit our Join the Y page, or visit any or our locations for personal assistance.
Does the Y offer financial assistance?
Yes. Thanks to the generosity of members, small businesses, corporations and foundations, the Stephens Family YMCA is able to offer financial assistance to keep Y programs affordable for all, regardless of the ability to pay.
May I volunteer my time to help the YMCA serve the community?
Volunteering is an important part of the energy and excellence of the YMCA. YMCA volunteers work at each location, serve on committees, and lead as members of the Board of Directors. We are grateful for all volunteer help and we need a wide range of skills and interests to meet the needs of the organization.
Is the YMCA a charitable organization?
Yes, the Champaign County YMCA is a non-profit organization, recognized by the IRS with a 501(c)3 charitable designation. All donations made to the Champaign County YMCA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. When you donate money, one-hundred percent of your donation is used to subsidize program costs or to provide financial assistance to those in need in our community.
Who contributes to the YMCA?
Individuals, families, businesses, foundations, churches and civic groups all support the work of the YMCA. Every person counts.
Why should I give to the YMCA when I am not a member?
Your support is still needed. A strong YMCA in our community provides meaningful opportunities, positive experiences and caring adult role models that help youth grow into responsible adults benefiting every community member, regardless of YMCA involvement.
Do YMCA membership fees help?
Membership fees and donations are two different sources of income, both tied to our charitable mission. Income from program fees, membership dues and other sources cover the YMCA’s operating costs, program delivery and membership services. It does not cover the cost of community programs for teens or scholarships for economically disadvantaged youth and families. Annual Scholarship funds go directly to support programs and scholarships that benefit teens, youth and families.
What are some of the things that make YMCA programs unique?
The YMCA offers high-quality, convenient programs that meet the needs of children and parents. YMCA staff members are highly qualified and take a careful approach toward each member or program participant, all the while incorporating the core values of the YMCA: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Youth participants in YMCA programs develop new skills, increase self-esteem and make new friends while having fun in safe, high-quality programs.
Lost and Found
Have you lost a piece of jewelry, identification, phone or something else? Check out the lost and found near the locker rooms or stop by Member Services.
Why does the Y close annually for 1 week in August?
Y-USA encourages all Y's to close for 1 week annually to deep clean, update and perform maintenance on equipment and the facility. It benefits our members and the community.