If you have a skill, or just some time on your hands, the Y can probably help you use it for good! To volunteer at the YMCA, you don’t have to be young, and you don’t have to be a man. You just have to be interested in the mission of the organization: “to put our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility into practice in ways that help build healthy spirit, body, and mind for all”. The Y works with five broad classes of volunteers:
- Program volunteers – people who directly help the YMCA carry out its programming: coaches, workshop leaders, mentors, event hosts and staff, referees and other game officials. There are many other program-specific positions.
- Support volunteers – behind-the-scenes administrative help for our professional staff!
- Fundraising volunteers – As a nonprofit, the YMCA relies on donations, so it needs plenty of campaigners for our Annual Campaign and more. Development volunteers may be enlisted for staffing phone banks or stuffing envelopes. They may help coordinate fundraising events.
- Policy volunteers – This group includes board members and committee members (all must enter a longer-term relationship with the organization governed by its bylaws). A policy volunteer not only gives time and effort to the organization but also helps guide its direction and determine its programming and priorities.
- Managerial volunteers – This group applies to trained professionals — including accountants, lawyers, executives, designers and IT workers — who donate their services pro bono
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