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 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.

There are opportunties to spend a day at the Y volunteering, or ongoing opportunities to volunteer on a more regular basis. We like to match potential volunteers to a meaningful experience. If there is an activity you are interested in, we will work with you to find an opportunity that matches your interest and meets the needs of the Y.

Y volunteers do many things—here are some examples of how you can get involved:

  • Care for kids at day camp, in drop-off child care or after school
  • Coach sports teams
  • Create a safe environment on the fitness floor or in the gym
  • Greet and assist members at the front desk
  • Facilitate special-interest groups and activities
  • Help with fundraising efforts
  • Mentor or tutor young people
  • Teach fitness skills and healthy living practices

Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers

How do I get started?
Contact us online to get started, or call your local Y and ask for the volunteer coordinator. They’ll give you more information about current volunteer opportunities and get you started. For most volunteer opportunities, an application, orientation, references and a background screen are required.

Does the YMCA offer training?
We are excited about engaging volunteers in the YMCA, and making sure our volunteers have the tools and training to make an impact. After a volunteer has completed orientation and made a commitment to the Y, a staff member will discuss training opportunities that match the interest of the volunteer and meets the needs of the YMCA.

How old do Y volunteers need to be?
To volunteer at the YMCA you must be 18 years or older; 16 to 18 years old with parental permission; or, if under 16 years of age, you may volunteer with the permission and in the presence of a parent or guardian.

Does the Y accept court-ordered community service?
Because of the absolute need to ensure child safety, the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit does not accept any court-ordered community service from courts or probation officers. The Y does allow school-based required community service in alignment with opportunities and the policies above.

Explore Volunteer Opportunities at your Local Y

Volunteer opportunities are available at any one of our local YMCAs. Please click below for opportunities at your local Y.

Interested in learning more?

Please contact us online to get started. Your time and talents will be greatly appreciated.