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The YMCA is crucial in fostering community well-being, and we need dedicated volunteers like you to continue this mission. Whether it's children, teens, seniors, or families, everyone who comes to the Y does so to learn, grow, and thrive. Your involvement can make a lasting impact on their experience and contribute significantly to our community.

Volunteers are the backbone of our remarkable history, the strength of our present, and the promise of our future. By volunteering at the Y, you actively bring about meaningful and enduring change in your neighborhood. Our volunteers provide invaluable support and resources to men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds, helping them become healthy, confident, connected, and secure.

We offer various volunteer opportunities across the upper and lower peninsulas to match your interests and schedule. Join us in making a difference today.



Swim volunteer teaching kids.


We teach over 3,000 children water safety education and swim instruction each year. Volunteers help make this life-saving program possible.

Volunteer in Aquatics

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Child Care

Volunteer to brighten a child’s day. You can be a book reader, a homework helper, a teacher of a special skill, a player of group games, a leader of group activities, or an introducer of 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.


Volunteer for Child Care

Sports coach with team

Youth Sports

You can help coach a team or be a Program Assistant with any youth sports program. No previous experience is required. Teams can’t run without our coaches or assistants, so you can feel great about making a real difference.

Become a Youth Sports Volunteer

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Give back to your community and make friends, too. By volunteering at the Y, you can help ensure that our 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.

Volunteer for Membership

Volunteer serving groceries at an event.

Fundraising and Events

We seek volunteers for community programs, outreach initiatives, and special events. Tell us how much time you have and what you’re passionate about, and we’ll help you make the perfect match.

By volunteering, you'll help amplify the Y's mission and inspire others to get involved. Join us in sharing these important stories and making a lasting impact in our community.

Become a Fundraising and Events Volunteer


The YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas is responsible for protecting children and other people we serve. For this reason, we are required to perform a background check before volunteering in certain roles. 

Volunteering with the YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas and completing the background check process does not include any financial or credit information being pulled or disclosed to the Association. The language is required through the Fair Credit Reporting Act and solely pertains to the background check you are applying for. This is a secure system, and your social security number is not stored; it is only used to initiate the one background check you request.

You will sign the statement and disclosure, verify your contact information, enter your Social Security number*, and click "Continue."  After submitting the information below, your work for the background check is completed.  The information is then automatically submitted to Sterling Volunteers for processing.  When the check is complete, Sterling Volunteers will automatically update the credential in VolunteerMatters if it was Approved or needs Review at Sterling Volunteers. *The Social Security number is not held within VolunteerMatters.

Yes. By volunteering at the YMCA, you will earn volunteer time toward the hours you are required to complete for school and gain valuable experience.

Yes. Members and non-members are welcome to volunteer with the YMCA. (Please note that you will not receive member benefits as a volunteer.)  We offer various opportunities requiring different skills within each. We will help you find an opportunity that fits your skills and interests and provide training (if needed).

Youth volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer independently; a parent or guardian must accompany all volunteers under 16 during volunteer service.

Each YMCA association operates its programs uniquely, including volunteerism. We encourage you to contact the Association you plan to move to and inquire about volunteer guidelines and training.