At the YMCA, your time and talent go a long way. Every hour you spend as a YMCA volunteer translates into the caring attention a child or teen needs to grow up healthy and resilient. It translates into support for families so they can be successful and strong. Into healthier lives for people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. Into a safer, more viable community that’s a good place to live and work.
As a YMCA volunteer, you can lead an exercise class, read to a preschool group, coach a basketball team, cook for a bake sale, design a program brochure, greet people at the front desk, serve as a role model for young people, help out in the office or at a special event, or be part of a group or committee working on a neighborhood issue. No matter how you help, you’ll make a big difference as you work with others to create a feeling of connectedness in your community.
YMCAs are first and foremost volunteer organizations. To put it in perspective, not every YMCA has a building, but every YMCA has volunteers. All 2,400-plus YMCAs are volunteer founded, volunteer based, and volunteer led. Local volunteers establish YMCAs – and local volunteers run YMCAs, continually ensuring that YMCAs are meeting the unique needs of their communities.
Volunteers are at the heart of every YMCA and that is why YMCAs are at the heart of community life in more than 10,000 communities nationwide. From helping Civil War troops more than a century ago to helping international disaster relief efforts today, YMCAs are one of the nation’s leading volunteer organizations.
Volunteers have been YMCAs’ greatest strength for 160 years. The YMCA movement was founded by a volunteer and did not have any paid staff until the founding of its 51st YMCA. Each year, YMCAs’ commitment to volunteers grows stronger.
If you would like to volunteer for the Lima Family YMCA, please contact us! Your time and talents will be greatly appreciated.