Volunteer Opportunities

Every day, children, teens, senior citizens and families come to the Y to learn, grow and thrive. But we need people like YOU to help us make their experience even better and create lasting impact on our community.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We provide volunteer opportunities across the YMCA of Greater Richmond to fit your interests and schedule.SE_CERTIFIED_LOGO_16_18

Our Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Aquatic Program Assistants – The YMCA of Greater Richmond teaches over 3,000 children water safety education and swim instruction each year.  Volunteers help make this life-saving program possible. You can help! Volunteers are most needed Tuesdays – Thursdays from 10 a.m. – noon  Must be age 13 or older.

Togetherhood® is a member-led volunteer service program that invites Y members to activate their social responsibility by participating in the Y’s cause to strengthen community. Togetherhood provides Y members with fun, convenient and rewarding ways to give back and support their neighbors. If you are interested in serving on a committee or as a volunteer for one of our service projects, please reach out to your local branch. Together we can make a difference.

Reading Buddies /Homework Helpers –  Help children ages 5-11 improve their reading skills; become a Y Reading Buddy! Time commitment is flexible; an hour a week, or an hour a year. You can read to children, or have them read aloud to you. Either way, you both win!

Youth Sports Volunteers – Help coach a team or be a Program Assistant with any YMCA Youth Sports programs.  No previous experience required.  Teams just can’t run without our coaches or assistants – so you can feel great about making a real difference! Hours are based on program times. Must be age 14 or older.

Annual Campaign Volunteers – You tell great stories. So help us share stories of how the Y impacts lives in our community. You will help Y programs remain open to all by telling others how we’re “so much more.” Hours are flexible. Age 18+

Wellness Volunteers – Give back to your community and make friends, too! Help ensure that Y wellness areas are welcoming and inviting. You’ll assist members with questions, maintain an organized and clean center, and create a friendly and engaging space for all.

Miracle League – The YMCA Miracle League of Richmond is an exciting new partnership to provide children with intellectual, visual or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball!  To volunteer for this program, contact miracleleaguerva@ymcarichmond.org.

Summer Day Camp/After-School Care Helpers – Volunteer to brighten a child’s day! You can be a book reader, a homework helper, teach a special skill, play group games, lead group activities, or introduce new creative learning experiences – just let us know! We’d love to match your talents to new opportunities for our children to learn and grow.  Background checks and TB test required.

Child Watch Helpers – Love children? Help us make their time at the Y engaging and fun. Read stories, assist with arts and crafts, play games, and provide quality, enriching care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Teen Leaders Club Volunteers – Volunteer to help teens become their best selves. You can lead them through skill building activities, help with teen nights, or assist with fundraisers to help them attend our Blue Ridge Leaders Camp. There are so many ways to help shape the leaders of our future; they need you! Primarily after school and evening hours. Age 18+

Membership Greeters – People who love to interact with others are perfect for this volunteer opportunity.  Greeters welcome everyone who comes into the Y – creating a welcoming and friendly culture.  Hours are flexible. Ages 14+ preferred.

Special Event Volunteers – We’re seeking volunteers to engage in a variety of community programs and outreach initiatives throughout the year, including:  special events at summer outreach camps, YMCA Bright Beginnings back-to-school outreach program, YMCA Christmas Connections program, and more. Just let us know how much time you’ve got and what’s in your heart – and we’ll help to make the match.

For more information, please email volunteer@ymcarichmond.org.


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