PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Family YMCA is working to secure a better future by utilizing a new membership card system.

The new cards are plastic and are similar to the grocery store rewards cards or the keychain library cards. Hardware is already in place and software is set to go live on Aug. 13.

YMCA Director Mike Moore said this is a mandatory change at all YMCAs across the United States. He said there are three critical aspects of this change, this includes access control to the facility, financial accountability and program accountability.

“The software we are using is the Christensen Computer Company,” Moore said. “It is specific for YMCA’s around the country.”

On people’s next visit to the YMCA they will need to ask for a new membership card.

Their information will be stored electronically and this information will not only help keep track of memberships and scholarships, but also who is in what YMCA program and the number of people who are in the building.

The cards are not the only thing which will be new at the YMCA. On Tuesday, construction began on a chest height partition wall to restrict access to the left and right hallways. This will encourage people to visit the reception desk and scan their card before going further into the facility.

Moore said people with disabilities can still utilize the handicap accessible entrance and the YMCA is working on providing another entrance option for them.

At the reception desk a green light will allow members to go to their activity, however, a red light would mean their membership or scholarship is due.

The next projects — which should be complete by the end of September — are the online sign-up and payment options. The new YMCA website has been up and running since June and is currently being worked on to provide members those options. The new website is www.pittsburgymca.com .

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.