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Because ... children, teens, senior citizens, and families come to the Y to learn, grow, and thrive daily. But we need people like YOU to help us improve their experience and create a lasting impact on our community.

Volunteers are the secret to our remarkable past; they are the strength of our present and the promise of our future. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful and enduring change right in your own neighborhood. Y volunteers help give men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure.

We provide volunteer opportunities across the Upper and Lower Peninsulas to fit your interests and schedule.




The YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas teaches over 3,000 children water safety education and swim instruction each year.  Volunteers help make this life-saving program possible.

You can help children ages 5-11 improve their reading skills; become a Y Reading Buddy! The 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!

You can 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.

You tell great stories. So help us share stories about how the Y impacts people’s 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.

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.

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.

Love working with 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.

Volunteer to help teens become their best selves. You can lead them through skill-building activities, assist with teen nights, or aid 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.

People who love to interact with others are perfect for this volunteer opportunity.  Greeters welcome everyone who enters the Y – creating a welcoming and friendly culture.

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 Togetherhood projects, 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.


Contact us if you have further questions about volunteering for the Y.