Volunteer at the Y
A History of Impact and Results
Founded in 1903, the YMCA of the Central Bay Area is one of the oldest human services organizations in the East Bay and a leader in providing innovative programs that build health in spirit, mind and body.
For more than 100 years, the YMCA has offered a broad range of health, wellness, child care and youth development programs fro the service areas of Alameda and East, Central and South Contra Costa Counties including program facilities in Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, Pleasant Hill, and San Ramon Valley. Each year we provide life-changing opportunities to more than 30,000 people from a diverse range of ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Types of Volunteer Opportunities
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, as well as into healthier lives for people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. This creates 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 class, coach a basketball team, design a program brochure, greet people at the front desk, collect items for an garage sale, 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 problem. 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.
Program Volunteers work in Childwatch, youth sports, child care, and youth education programs as teachers, mentors, college counselors, coaches, swim instructors, and fitness class leaders. Volunteers may help lead programs or assist in delivering programs.
Managerial and Support Volunteers include doctors, dentists, nurses, office administrators, and welcome desk staff. Individuals may serve in an office setting, at the front desk, in the locker rooms or on the grounds. Other volunteers include those who help manage or administer YMCA operations and programs, e.g., a pro-bono accounting or public relations specialist.
Fundraising Volunteers serve as campaigners for annual and capital campaigns. In addition, fundraising volunteers may work on development of the organization's endowment or fundraising events.
Policy Volunteers include those members of our board of directors, IT committee, finance committee, fundraising committee, communications committee, risk management committee, investment committee, executive committee and other project committees and task forces.
Please note that young people can serve in all of the above capacities as long as, like adults, they have the proper skills, training and supervision.