On June 6, the Y Movement will celebrate 175 years of leading social change with a can’t-miss deal for new members joining YMCA SouthCoast.

From June 6-8, you can join YMCA SouthCoast at any of its six branch locations—the Gleason Family YMCA in Wareham, the Mattapoisett YMCA, the New Bedford YMCA, the Dartmouth YMCA, the Fall River YMCA and the Stoico/FIRSTFED YMCA in Swansea—and pay only a $1.75 joiner fee and the month of June is on them!

Courtesy YMCA SouthCoast

In addition, if you are one of the first 175 people to open a new membership, you will also receive a commemorative duffle bag with the “Celebrating 175” logo (limited one bag per membership).

The Y is about community. They believe that everyone, regardless of race, gender identity, ethnicity or socioeconomic status deserves an equal opportunity to thrive.

More than a gym, the Y is a community-centered organization that works to address the pressing needs in the communities it serves. It has worked to eliminate food insecurity through its Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth Y and the Nutrition On Weekends (N.O.W.) Program at the Mattapoisett Y, as well as the New Bedford and Fall River Y's Power Scholars Academy, which address summer learning loss for elementary and middle school students.

The YMCA also runs summer camps, before and after school childcare programs and preschools, and its many wellness programs including, LIVESTRONG at the Y for cancer survivors, among many other programs.

The bottom line is that the Y is here for you.