Volunteers are the secret to our remarkable past; they are the strength of our present; and they are the promise of our future. YMCA volunteers - who are usually members, too - share a strong sense of responsibility toward the community and the YMCA. Volunteer members assist with programs, formulate policy, develop new program initiatives, and evaluate existing services.
There always are new opportunities for volunteers to tackle. We value and appreciate the contributions of our volunteers. Here are some of the ways to help:
- Call to welcome new members
- Tutor a youth
- Become a work-out buddy for a new member
- Become a mentor for a teen
- Read to a child in the after-school program
- Coach or referee a youth sports team
- Assist the administrative staff with office work
- Coordinate special family events
- Help with branch communications
- Become a Strong Communities campaigner
- Serve as a board member
If you are willing to share your time and talents with others, we'd like to hear from you! You'll receive the genuine satisfaction that comes from truly helping others.
YMCAs become integrated with the communities where they are located. We work with churches, local social service organizations, schools, and listen to the volunteers who serve on our boards of management when they tell us what needs are not being met and then we set out to make a difference.
Bright Beginnings - is a YMCA program that has grown 1500% in just five years in response to community needs and through community support. This program sends children from low-income families back-to-school shopping for the clothes and supplies they need to begin the school year with confidence and pride. The children are paired with their very own volunteer shopper who concentrates on their child's needs for the coordinated and planned shopping trip. August is shopping month; here's how you can help:
- Drop off school supplies at your YMCA
- Volunteer to shop with a child
- Sponsor a child or group of children ($150 per child but all donations are appreciated) Click to make your donation online.
Family Volunteer Day - November is the time when we as a nation pause to give thanks. The YMCA offers Family Volunteer Day as an opportunity for families who have enough to help families who don't. Nonperishable food is collected at all YMCA branches, local stores donate turkeys, the food boxes are decorated and filled on Family Volunteer Day then distributed in time for Thanksgiving Day dinner. This is a perfect chance to demonstrate to your children how even a small effort is so hugely appreciated. Bring your kids to decorate boxes or make a Thanksgiving card for another family.
Holiday Giving Trees - Being a Christian organization, it is natural for the YMCA to also offer opportunities for helping others especially at Christmas time. Each YMCA has a way to give or sponsor a child with a gift from you and your family.