To apply for YMCA Financial Assistance for childcare/camp services, applicants must first apply for daycare assistance through the Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS). Applicants who do qualify for and receive DSS assistance are typically not eligible to also receive YMCA assistance. Applicants who are denied DSS assistance, or who are placed on a waiting list for DSS assistance are eligible for YMCA assistance, provided that the adults in the household are either currently working or attending school.
Click here to find your local DSS office.
To apply for YMCA Financial Assistance:
- Secure a letter from DSS stating that your family was either denied DSS assistance, or was placed on a waiting list. This can be accomplished by going to the DSS website here and completing an Eligibility Screening. Please print a copy of your confirmation page following the screening, and submit with your application (see below).
- Fill out the YMCA “Open to All” financial assistance application. For more information, download the PDF below:
Open to All Application
- Secure a copy of your most recent 1040 tax return.
- Submit the three items listed above to:
YMCA Camp Thunderbird
Attn: Jenny Alfano
9300 Shawonodasee Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
or fax: (804) 748-8365
For specific questions regarding YMCA Financial Assistance at Camp Thunderbird, contact Jenny Alfano, Camp Administrator, at 804-748-6714 or alfanoj at ymcarichmond dot org.