Pay It Forward Membership Program

What is Pay It Forward?

Each holiday season, the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties gives back by giving away year-long memberships to families and individuals who may be going through financial struggles, experiencing medical issues, or simply going through a tough time. Each fall, nominations are accepted from the community for deserving families and individuals. After careful consideration, a select number of families and individuals are gifted the resources and support to learn, grow, and thrive in a safe and welcoming environment at the YMCA.

Sponsor a Membership

Help us make these Pay It Forward memberships a possibility! Any amount will help families and individuals in our community live healthier, more connected lives. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Morgan Montgomery, Vice President of Financial Development, at or 701.364.4115.

Nominate a Membership

Nominations for the 2021 Pay It Forward Membership Program will open in October 2020. Please stay tuned for details.


In January 2020, the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties ‘paid it forward’ by giving away 15 full-year memberships to deserving families and individuals in the community who are experiencing tough situations, like medical issues, financial issues, and more. Nominations were collected from the community last fall of deserving families and individuals and were thoughtfully and carefully considered. The YMCA had the opportunity to present seven families and eight individuals the gift of full-year memberships in 2020. These recipients will now have resources and support to learn, grow, and thrive in a safe and welcoming environment at the YMCA.

This program is made possible for the second year in a row thanks to the generosity of donors and through a new match donation this year from Goldmark Property Management.

Lisa and Eira are a beautiful example of the impact a YMCA membership can have. As 2019 Pay it Forward membership recipients, this mother and daughter team spent the year doing countless hours of therapeutic pool time. But it was so much more than just pool time. You see, Lisa’s two-year-old daughter, Eira, suffers from a rare genetic disorder which affects her physically, mentally, and emotionally and requires an immense amount of care and attention. The YMCA helped Lisa bond with Eira. Instead of worrying about the mounting medical bills and the unpredictable health reports, Lisa and Eira relaxed and enjoyed each other while Eira found comfort in the warm, YMCA pool. It was in this very pool that she learned how to stand and smiled for the very first time.

For more information on the Pay It Forward Membership Program, please contact Luke Hommerding at 701.364.4124 or