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How to Become a Volunteer

Fun! Rewarding! Amazing! That's just some of the ways YMCA volunteers describe their volunteering experience. Join us!

How to Volunteer

Becoming a YMCA volunteer can be a fun and rewarding experience. Get started today by following these three easy steps:

Step 1: Discover how you want to help


Find the opportunity that is right for you by looking through our Volunteer Opportunities and the list of locations where each is offered.

Step 2: Complete our application form


Complete our Volunteer Application and either submit it online or print and drop it off in person at the YMCA location of your choice.

Step 3: Check your inbox for updates


A YMCA staff member will review your application and connect with you as soon as possible.

Please Note

  • Due to the large volume of applications we receive, it may take up to 15 business days for one of our staff to contact you.
  • Although submitting an application does not always guarantee a placement, we do our best to be inclusive with our application process.
  • We welcome all volunteer applicants regardless of their reason for volunteering.
  • Please email if you have any questions about volunteering with the YMCA.

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.

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