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Volunteers enable the YMCA to offer affordable programs and services. They provide the caring attention a child needs to develop values like sportsmanship, compassion, and respect for self and others.  They encourage positive behavior in teens and support families so they can be successful and strong.  The selfless efforts of all volunteers foster healthier, more meaningful lives for people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes.  They inspire a cohesive and viable community, one that’s a good place to live and to work.  By giving time, volunteers change lives and improve communities.

Each year YMCA volunteers contribute thousands of hours helping the YMCA build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Whether you want to help people improve their overall health, support children and youth as they grow into adults, create a welcoming environment or simply make a difference in someone’s life, the YMCA has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to match your passion, skills and schedule.

The Somerville YMCA has a variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from that give you the chance to give back to your community. We have established six categories of volunteer opportunities to help guide you in your decision to give back:

Administrative Support Volunteers – provide clerical or office support for the YMCA at the Welcome Desk or in a Department office.  Assist the staff in planning and implementing Special Events and Fundraisers at the Y

Program Volunteers – Volunteers are needed for a number of YMCA programs including Youth Sports, Aquatics, Fitness Center, Preschool and School Age Child Care, Computer Learning Center and special event helpers.

Facility/Operations Volunteers –  Grounds and custodial volunteers help keep the facility clean and safe.

Benefits of Volunteering –  Volunteering is about more than just your time and passion, it’s about the satisfaction of knowing you are helping people become stronger, giving back to your community in a meaningful way and gaining valuable work experience that will enhance your career opportunities.

Here are just a few of the benefits you will receive from volunteering:

  • The fulfillment of knowing  you are making a difference in your community
  • New skills, increased confidence and enhanced leadership skills
  • New friends and acquaintances from all walks of life
  • Valuable work experience
  • Complete your community service requirements
  • Be a part of an organization with a history of serving the community

Interested?  Fill out a Volunteer Application and drop it off at the Y today!

Somerville YMCA Volunteer-Application (PDF)