Thank you for considering the YMCA as a place to donate your time and talents. Volunteers are vital to the YMCA. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to meet the needs of the kids, families, and adults who live in our community.

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, so we are able to match your interests with our needs in most cases. Please review the list of opportunities and click "volunteer now."

*Please note that volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

Volunteer Opportunities: Helping at the Y

You can help at the Y in a variety of roles supporting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in our community. No matter how you devote your time, you’ll be working with other volunteers and Y professionals to make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Aquatics and Water Safety

Volunteer at the pool. At the Y, we’re teaching kids and families how to swim and enjoy the water safely. You will assist our Aquatics Director and Lead Aquatic staff, helping ensure members and guests have a safe and pleasant experience in our swimming pools. Duties could include: keeping the pool deck clean and safe, helping members with lifejackets and other equipment, administering swim tests.

Youth Sports Coach

Our Y needs volunteers to help coach youth sports. You’ll volunteer with our Sports Director, helping kids learn how to play and enjoy sports. At the Y, playing sports is an opportunity for kids to develop self-confidence and sportsmanship. As a volunteer coach, you’ll have the opportunity to act as a role model for youth as you teach the fundamental skills of the sport.

Girls on the Run Coach

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of thousands of girls each year. Our volunteers are inspirational role models dedicated to empowering girls to become healthy and confident young women. Whether you have a couple hours a day, week, month or year to help our cause, we would love to hear from you. Go to http://www.gotrdetroit.org/get-involved/ to register to volunteer.

Customer Service and Member Connection

Help us welcome people at the Y. If you volunteer to help with customer service and member connection, you’ll support the Front Desk Supervisor by greeting members, keeping the lobby area clean, gathering and folding towels and helping in the business office.

Child Watch

The Y provides a nurturing and caring environment for children, and our Y needs volunteers to help in our child services areas. Under supervision by our Child Watch Coordinator, Volunteers help by creating a fun and safe environment for the children. You might read during “story time,” help the children enjoy play time, look after the toys and act as a role model in Child Watch.

Building and Grounds

Our Y needs volunteers to help our Building and Grounds team. By supporting our Generalist, you can do light indoor and or outdoor work to help with improvements at the YMCA. Volunteers can help with light cleaning, locker room checks or painting. You can also help outdoors, looking after the flower beds or trimming bushes, cutting grass, and sweeping.

Wellness and Fitness

Help us provide a quality wellness experience for Y members and fitness seekers–volunteer with our Wellness Director. You’ll help members and guests have a safe and pleasant experience in our fitness areas and weight rooms by helping with weight and cardio machine set up and keeping the workout areas clean and tidy.

Advisory Board of Directors

As a concerned group of community volunteers, the Board of Advisors primarily involves itself with planning and advancing the mission and vision of their YMCA. It also ensures that the funds are available in order for the YMCA to be able to achieve its strategic goals. Board volunteers bring credibility to the YMCA through their visibility in the community, their professional expertise and their passion for community building.


Help the Y raise funds to support the Strong Kids Campaign. In this role you will help the membership campaign portion of the Strong Kids Campaign, assuring the campaign meets its goals in recruiting volunteers and securing donations.