Created by George Williams in 1884, the YMCA now reaches over 10,000 neighborhoods in the United States. As a leading nonprofit organization, they strive to help improve our health, support children’s potential, and connect communities. The focuses of the YMCA are youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. You can help support this organization in many ways, which in turn helps your own community.
Attorney Nicholas Ellis has volunteered with the YMCA for many years as a tennis coach. He has found the experience to be very rewarding and plans to continue helping out his community in the future and getting involved in other roles and volunteer opportunities at the YMCA.
Volunteering at your local YMCA is a wonderful way to help. There are several ways you can volunteer, which include leadership roles, coaching sports teams, teaching classes, advocating, fundraising, motivating, or simply lending a hand. Volunteering offers you a way to give back to your community, develop leadership skills, and better self-esteem.
Program volunteering can be very rewarding. This includes athletic coaching, teaching, tutoring, mentoring, and so much more. This is the largest group of volunteers, and is a very hands-on way to help. You may serve on advisory committees or participate in community services as well.
Service volunteers are very important to the YMCA. The organization relies on donations only, so fundraising is always a need. You could coordinate an event, stuff envelopes, or assist with grant writing. Service volunteers can also help with memberships, sales, and operations.
Fundraising Volunteers use leadership skills to create successful campaigns. They solicit donations, direct fundraising events, plan campaigns, or participate in phone-a-thons.
Managerial Volunteers have special skills that they use to serve in management and administration departments of the YMCA. This can be accounting, public relations, or architecture.
Advisory Volunteers may sit on subcommittees, or task forces. They advise the program staff, either as an individual, or as a group.
Event Volunteers help with annual events. You may assist with parking, concession stands, crafts, or more.
Support Volunteers help with a wide variety of things. They may help with office work, locker rooms, facilities, or on the grounds. They help keep the YMCA functioning for the members.
Advocacy is needed within the YMCA Advocates Action Network. You can use your voice to help spread the word about the YMCA’s mission and goals. You can help influence policies and initiatives, prevent chronic disease, build communication and understanding amongst the community, or impact important social issues.
Since you cannot apply through the national YMCA, contact your local chapter to learn how to apply. They may have a list of volunteer needs. The national website can assist you with locating your local chapter. You can call, email, or stop in.
Each local chapter has individual needs and procedures. They each have an application process, and certain qualifications you must possess. They can assist you with finding the right volunteer position for your qualifications and time. You could be provided with training for your position. Every volunteer helps the YMCA by expanding programs and their quality, expanding the network of contacts, and maximizing volunteer participation. The YMCA encourages volunteers to be caring, honest, responsible, and respectful. Without volunteers, the organization simply could not provide the services and programs they offer to communities.
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