CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Every once in a while, the staffs at any of West Virginia's eight YMCA locations are faced with a dilemma.
Someone walks into the community facility and asks about programming.
The YMCA has exercise equipment, the staff will tell them, as well as exercise classes, child care and programs for adults, children and seniors.
They're often interested, said Jennifer Piercy, who handles government relations for the state's YMCAs.
"But sometimes people will come in and say they want to do this, but they can't afford it," she said.
In that case, the YMCA starts the process to see if that individual qualifies for a membership scholarship: They fill out a confidential application, complete with tax forms and pay stubs. From there, they're evaluated on a case-by-case basis and fees are charged on a sliding scale.
"We'll scholarship anything, from memberships to programs, for individuals or entire families," she said.
The program has been in place for years, but is still relatively unknown, so YMCA officials are working to get the word out this holiday season -- in time for New Year's resolutions, she Piercy said.