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Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteering is an awesome way to make new friends, gain new skills and feel good about yourself for making a difference in your community! Find additional information here about our Volunteer program.

Frequently asked questions

How old do I have to be to be a volunteer?

We welcome volunteers of all ages. Some volunteer roles do have a minimum age requirement. To find out how old you need to be to perform a certain job, take at look at our job descriptions in our current Volunteer Opportunities.

Will volunteering take a lot of my time?

Each volunteer role is unique and requires a different time commitment. In addition, our programs and locations have different hours of operation. Once we receive your application, our staff will connect with you to discuss what each volunteer role entails.

Can I volunteer with the YMCA to complete my community involvement hours or student placement hours?

Absolutely! If you are looking for a student placement opportunity contact the location you are interested in directly to see if there are any openings available. You can find a list of YMCA locations here.

Do I have to be a YMCA member to volunteer?

You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to volunteer with us. Although volunteering does not provide you with member benefits, arrangements will be made to grant you access to areas that require membership. You are welcome to become a YMCA member at any time.

Join our Volunteer Team

Please email if you have any questions about volunteering with the YMCA.


What People Are Saying


“I didn’t believe that I had a lot of friends…now, I couldn’t count them all. The connection with other people can be very healing. It keeps me coming back to my exercise classes.”

- Doug Fulford
Health & Fitness member
Sweat For Good Challenge fundraiser


“Our ambition is to build a good future here in Canada. Our children belong, they can be happy, successful, and contribute to their new country. At the Y, anything is possible.”

- Nabil Al Hawa
Syrian Refugee and YMCA member


“Learning about my sexuality wasn’t the easiest for me. But at the Y, I didn’t feel ashamed; it was a welcoming space. Now I want to empower other youth and create change."

- Keion Bisnath
YMCA Youth Leadership Development program participant

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