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Member-based health and wellness centers focus on making their communities stronger. However, doing so at physical locations has limitations. While the vast majority of American’s are committed to improving their health, 82% are not joining fitness facilities to do so (IHRSA 2014). Why? Perhaps locations are too far from work, home, or school; maybe they are self-conscious working out in front of others; or maybe they aren’t quite sure how to use the equipment and are intimidated to ask for help. Whatever the reason, you’re missing out on making a positive impact on the health of the majority of your community constituents.

What if you could flip the equation? Instead of expecting members to come to you, meeting members of your community where they are. Could you extend your mission of health and wellness to many more without having to invest in another expensive facility? Yes, you can and it’s simple — organize a community meetup. Here’s an example:

As the suburbs have continued to sprawl, your YMCA is now missing a key and growing area of your community with your closest location being 20 miles away. You could build a new facility, but that takes time and considerable funding. In the meantime, host a bootcamp in a local park every week. Your staff can bring along some weights, jump ropes, and mats, and lots of enthusiasm. Organizing community meetups and allowing community members to connect with each other and the Y in between sessions is quick and easy with a tool like Daxko Well. 

Is your center using community meetups to extend your mission and serve more? We’d love to hear how in the comments below.

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