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Retirees & UMaine Employees

RETIREES: We are a membership-only provider for both the SilverSneakers and Silver & Fit® Programs.  Check your health plan to see whether it offers either of these benefits.  If it does, email Kristie Deschesne or call 581-3479 to find out if you qualify for a free membership!


PLEASE NOTE: The information below is supplied by University of Maine Campus Recreation and only applies to employees of the flagship campus in Orono (“UMaine”) and System Wide Services (“SWS”) who choose to use the Orono facilities.  Employees of other campuses should refer to the UMS Benefits Office website at

The voucher program grants free access to UMaine System campus fitness facilities to most employees of the employee bargaining units listed below.

Eligible Bargaining Units:

  • AFUM Full-Time Faculty
  • AFUM Non-Reps
  • Other Non-Reps
  • COLT (Includes ACSUM)
  • Police
  • Service & Maintenance
  • PATFA-represented employees who are enrolled for UMaine’s health insurance (NOTE: Voucher Passes will not be in our database until at least August 2. Visit HR for a paper voucher that you can bring to the Rec Center if you need access before your Voucher Pass gets imported into our database.)

Questions regarding your bargaining unit’s eligibility for the voucher program should be directed towards your bargaining unit.


Campus Recreation, HR, and the MaineCard office have worked together to automate the process for all voucher-eligible UMaine and SWS employees who have MaineCards.

If you meet those requirements, then once your unit’s contract is executed you can expect to receive an email from – most likely sent to your email address – stating that you have an active Voucher Pass valid for visits at the UMaine fitness facilities.  All you have to do is come to the Rec Center, check in with your MaineCard, and fill out a liability waiver (if you haven’t done it within the last year).

If you do not receive that email after your contract has been executed, this may be because you need to get a MaineCard.

If you’re in an eligible unit and you do have a MaineCard but you didn’t receive the email then please email Sharon Kenney so she can figure out why.


I’m a New Employee, When Will My Voucher Pass Be Activated?  You can typically expect your automatically-assigned Voucher Pass to be available for your use 2 business days after you receive your first paycheck.  If it is still not active 3+ business days after your first paycheck, email Sharon Kenney so she can determine the cause.  If you need access before that time, please email Sharon the following information so she can provide you with temporary access:  Maine Street ID, address, phone number, gender, and birth date.

Do I Need a Paper Voucher?  No, not if you are an eligible employee of UMaine or SWS.  You will check in with your MaineCard (or SWS ID Card) only.

Don’t Live Near Orono / Visiting From Another Campus? You can use your paper voucher at any campus fitness center system-wide.  All the campuses are handling this a little differently so please visit to find out how to proceed.

Don’t have a MaineCard or SWS ID Card? If you’re an eligible UMaine or SWS employee and would like to use the UMaine fitness facilities, then ideally you should get a MaineCard or SWS ID Card.  If you cannot get one for some reason then you can use your paper voucher to get a RecCard printed for check-in.

Member Benefits: At UMaine, you have access to the New Balance Recreation Center, Maine Bound Adventure Center, Bridge Tennis Courts, Wallace Pool’s Rec Swim, Mahaney Dome’s Open Rec, and Public Skate / Stick & Puck at Alfond Arena.  At these facilities you are also eligible for the same member benefits as other full members receive, such as locker rental privileges (lockers are still not free, however) and discounts on many programs.  Family members who are not UMaine employees or students are eligible for free parking permits (max 2 per household).  Voucher holders will receive 6 guest visits between now and the contract expiration date of June 30, 2015.

Spouses/Partners Who Are Also Employees:
1. They may have their own record in our database (which we call a “household”) that has their own Voucher Pass on it.  This may mean that one of you will have your kids listed under you and the other will not, or it may mean the kids are listed in both places with a “family member link” between them.  Please just be aware of this situation in case you find you’re listed in your own household or your kids aren’t under you when you expect them to be.
2. They are not eligible for a Rec Center parking pass, they must purchase one through the Parking Office.

Dependents Who Are Also UMaine Students:
1. They already have their own record in our database (which we call a “household”) that has their own Student Pass on it.
2. According to the contracts negotiated by the Bargaining Units and HR, students’ Rec Fee cannot be waived.  However, they can be included on your Voucher Pass as a secondary member during any semester in which they are not charged the Rec Fee (and therefore do not have a Student Pass).
3. They are not eligible for a Rec Center parking pass, they must purchase one through the Parking Office.

Family Members on Employee’s Health Insurance: Employees may add their spouse/partner and dependents as long as they are included on the employee’s University of Maine Cigna health insurance plan.  If you would like your family added, please bring each of their health insurance cards with you to the front desk of the Rec Center.  (We don’t need to see your health insurance card… your own eligibility is not dependent on your health insurance status… but you DO need to be there.)  See exception above “Dependents Who Are Also UMaine Students”.

Family Members NOT on Employee’s Health Insurance: Employees’ family members who are not on UMaine health insurance may join at the Employee rate ($32/mo for the first person, and $0-$4 /mo for additional family members depending on age) even if they themselves are not Employees.  Employee is required to be present at the time of membership purchase.  Again, this is done at the Rec Center front desk.

Check-In: The Employee must have a MaineCard in order to receive a Voucher Pass in our database.  This is also the card you’ll use for check-in.  If you do not have one, please visit the MaineCard office (in the Memorial Union) to get one.  If you cannot get a MaineCard for some reason then you can use your paper voucher to get a RecCard printed for check-in.  All family members who are not UMaine employees or UMaine students will also check in with a RecCard.  They can get their photo taken and a RecCard printed at their first visit to the Rec Center.

Parking: Family members who are not UMaine employees or UMaine students may get a free parking pass (valid only in the Rec Center lot); maximum 2 per household.  Please bring in your license plate number at your first visit and ask for a parking pass.

Current Campus Rec Members:  Voucher-eligible Employees who wish to cancel their membership in order to participate in the Voucher program may do so by filling out a Cancellation Request Form at the Rec Center front deskThis form cannot be emailed or faxed, it must be completed and turned in at the front desk so that the manager can ensure it’s filled out completely and correctly.  Membership refunds will be prorated from the date the form is filled out.  Employees switching to vouchers will not pay a membership cancellation fee.  Questions regarding membership cancellations should be emailed to Sharon Kenney.

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