YMCA Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
Does a person have to be a member before they can volunteer?
While our focus is to promote and encourage volunteerism through our membership base, we welcome and encourage YMCA members and non-members to get connected to their community through volunteering. If a volunteer is a non-member and therefore does not have membership privileges, access to the facility will need to be arranged with the centre on the day of volunteering. YMCA memberships are not provided to volunteers.
How do I apply to be a volunteer?
All potential volunteers will be asked to complete an application form. The form is available online or at each of the membership centres. The application form will then be reviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator to determine what roles are suitable and available.
Do I need references?
On the application form, you will be asked to identify two references. Volunteers that commit to 10 hours or more for the year (formal volunteers) will be asked to obtain a Criminal Reference Check issued within 30 days of the start of a volunteer placement. References will be checked as part of the interview process.
What kind of volunteer jobs are available?
There are numerous volunteer positions available at the YMCA for varying lengths of time, such as ongoing volunteer opportunities and one time event opportunities. Volunteering is about sharing your skills with others and learning new ones! Please refer to the Volunteer Job Positions or contact us for more details.
Is there a deadline for applying to be a volunteer?
A majority of the volunteer positions are ongoing and as a result the YMCA continually accepts volunteer applications. We commit to getting back to you within two weeks of application to discuss specific roles in more detail. For event volunteers there will be deadlines for applications that coincide with the timing of the event.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
With a focus on youth leadership, individuals can volunteer at the YMCA starting at the age of 12. Parental consent will be required for all volunteers under the age of 18.
Is there a dress code for volunteering?
All volunteers will be asked to maintain a professional image at all times when volunteering at the YMCA. There are several roles in program that are required to wear a YMCA uniform. This uniform (usually in the form of a shirt) will be provided by the YMCA at no cost to the volunteer.