A few years ago, the spirit of volunteerism totally knocked Robert out. That's why he's helping youth in his community to pick up the boxing gloves and focus their energy on doing something not only for themselves, but also the community. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

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Maya K.

Family YMCA at Tarrytown

"I Give Because Taking Isn't Enough"

Singer. Songwriter. Volunteer. That's who Maya is. Enough said. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.

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Lance Keawe Wilhelm

YMCA of Honolulu

"Leadership Provides the Leverage to Serve Our Mission."

From surf board to Y board, Lance knows what it's like to grow up in a tight-knit community that cares and why giving back as a leader is so important. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

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Joyce Dixon

Greater Wichita YMCA

"For Me, Volunteering is Not an Option."

Joyce Dixon: born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. Volunteer for life.This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

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Laurie Halter & Friends

YMCA of Greenville

"No Gift Is Too Small."

When Caine Halter passed away a few years ago, he left a message for his friends, family, and neighbors: no matter where you come from and no matter what the need, every gift matters. This is Caine's Y. His hometown's camera. Their story of giving.

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Volunteer at the Y

Across the United States, more than 500,000 business leaders, community advocates, parents, teens and individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors volunteer at the Y. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods nationwide we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive, personal and social change.

With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers 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.

Volunteers of the Y:

  • Lead our Boards of Directors and committees
  • Raise funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community
  • Coach our sports teams and teach many of our classes
  • Motivate and support youth in building the character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices, and the pursuit of higher education and goals
  • Extend a hand to help adults who want to do more, be more or live healthier
  • Advocate for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation, and your community
  • Participate in opportunities to give back and support neighbors

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. Take an active role in strengthening your community.

Find a Y in your community to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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