Making a Difference in Your Community Through Volunteering
One of the foundations that the YMCA is built on is volunteering. Across the United States, more than 500,000 business leaders, community advocates, parents, teens, and individuals who want to show their support volunteer at the Y. With a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, Y volunteers give those around them the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure.
Anyone can volunteer to help the Y! We need leaders to help raise funds, coach youth sports, and participate in opportunities to give back to the community. If you are looking to individually volunteer, we have various programs available for you to pick from.
Teen volunteers can serve as Kid’s Club Assistants, Pool Deck Assistants, and more. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity for the whole family, Special Events and Clean Up Days are a perfect fit. If your company or team is looking for a bonding opportunity, come volunteer at the Y!
There are many benefits of becoming a volunteer. You will not only be providing real help to your community, but you will also be making a difference in someone else’s life. Other benefits of volunteering include:
Volunteering can form strong professional qualities and leadership skills. By being a volunteer, you open yourself up to grow new skills and become a leader in your community.
Volunteering can help you gain confidence by trying something new and building your self-esteem, you may even find a new passion or something that you are really good at through volunteering.
Meeting New People
Volunteering can help you meet all kinds of new people and remove barriers, strengthening personal relationships by working towards a common goal and within common interests.
Taking on Challenges
Through volunteering, you might be challenging yourself to try something different, help others in your community, and grow skills you might not have even known you had! Whether you volunteer in an area where you are familiar with or not, you have the potential to take invaluable knowledge and experience from volunteering.
Giving to Others is Good for your Health
Volunteering can boost your mental and physical health, as it reduces stress, combats depression, keeps you mentally stimulated, and provides a sense of purpose. Nothing relieves stress better than having a meaningful conversation with someone who needs your help. Volunteering is a real-life opportunity to not only change lives within your community but also, change your own life. The more you are able to give, the happier you’ll feel in return.
Goals of Volunteering
When you begin volunteering, it can be hard to decide what kind of volunteer work you want to do, and which is best for your lifestyle and interests. Setting some volunteering goals is a good idea. Goals you can consider when picking your volunteer opportunity include:
- Improving the neighborhood
- Trying something new
- Meeting new people
- Doing something rewarding with your spare time
- Seeing new places or experiencing a different way of living
- Trying a new type of work that you might want to pursue as a full-time job
- Expanding on new interests and hobbies
Make the Time
You may not know your schedule, but that doesn’t mean you can’t volunteer. At the Y, we have seasonal, monthly, year-round, and once-a-year volunteer opportunities so you can find the perfect fit for your schedule. Based on your available time, you could coach a team, tutor kids, connect with seniors, serve at the Welcome Center, or work at special events like Spring Cleaning or the Fall Festival. The options are close to endless in order to help you find the volunteer work that will be perfect for you.
So, what are you waiting for? If you want to get started on your volunteering journey, contact any of our locations or fill out and return your application to start making a difference and volunteering at the Y.