TOGETHERHOOD®

Take a look at how Togetherhood is transforming communities nationwide! Watch members of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads come together to care for their homeless neighbors by preparing “blessing bags.”

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Caine Halter Family YMCA Togetherhood

"It was just a simple way of showing us they care about us."

Take a look at how Togetherhood is transforming communities nationwide! See how volunteers from the Caine Halter Family YMCA partnered with the Salvation Army to provide a memorable dining experience for residents of a local shelter.

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Togetherhood: Jackson, MS

"We can all have a story like that to tell."

Take a look at how Togetherhood is transforming communities nationwide! Watch members of the Jackson Y build bridges within their community to transform lives.

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Togetherhood Project

"The best thing about the YMCA is that they’re like a family."

Take a look at how Togetherhood is transforming communities nationwide! Watch members from the Albemarle Family YMCA give back to their community by running a consignment sale to benefit a local nonprofit that serves victims of child abuse.

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YMCA of WNC Togetherhood

"The YMCA connects with the community in ways no other organization can."

Take a look at how Togetherhood is transforming communities nationwide! See how the Togetherhood Committee of the YMCA of Western North Carolina created Operation Gratitude to honor the service of veterans and support a local veterans shelter.

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Togetherhood - Activating People for Good

The Y’s Togetherhood program connects people from all backgrounds to plan and carry out volunteer projects that address a real need in their community.

Benefits of Volunteering

Good for you

Volunteering can improve personal well-being, build relationships, and provide an outlet to discover purpose.

Research shows that volunteers experience wellness benefits, including lower depression, improved mood and self-esteem, less stress, better heart health and lower mortality rates.

 

Good for community

Togetherhood leverages the Y’s charitable mission to unlock people’s potential to improve lives and create a more connected society.

Bringing diverse people together to tackle social issues creates more cohesive communities. A culture of volunteerism can also yield social benefits such as lower unemployment, greater income equality, and youth that are more likely to stay in school and avoid risky behaviors.

“To be able to volunteer alongside my YMCA friends was such a unique experience. It really added to my understanding of what the Y does and the impact it can have on our community." – Member, Reuter Family YMCA (NC)

How it Works

A Y staff advisor guides a committee of Y members who plan and lead volunteer service projects. A comprehensive resource toolkit ensures Togetherhood committees are supported each step of the way, from planning the year of service to running projects to reporting and celebrating their successes.

“The Togetherhood program unites members of our community to participate in positive social change and make an impact on peoples’ lives. The Y facilitates this effort by providing a framework that allows volunteers to act on ideas." - Dan McCauley, Somerset Hills YMCA (NJ)

How to Get Involved

The Y is mobilizing thousands of volunteers nationwide who are using their creativity, passion and hard work to transform communities. We invite you to join us! Ask your front desk staff if your Y offers the Togetherhood program. With Togetherhood, there are opportunities to serve on a committee throughout the year or volunteer on individual projects that interest you. If your Y doesn’t yet offer Togetherhood, let your branch leadership know that your’re interested and ask about other ways to volunteer and give back through the Y.

“I now see the Y as the house of the community, where people come together to make a better society.” – Edison Blanco, Rye YMCA (NY)

 

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