Being a volunteer soccer coach has given Amy a sense of where she belongs in this world, especially when she's standing with the kids and making them feel like winners. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.


"I Know I'm in the Right Place." mP1sIHPnAXU

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Mike Mershon

Billings Family YMCA

"I Want to Help Kids Find Their Own Outdoor Adventures."

Mike has always had a love for the great outdoors. He has been hiking and camping since he was a child. Now that he's older, he's giving back to the community by volunteering and guiding kids to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them every day. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 



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.

Maya and Ginger are singing “Clouds” by A Firm Handshake at 1:24.





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. 




Deirdre Battle

Hazelwood Branch YMCA

"The Y Was There for Me, and I was Inspired to Give Back."

Years ago, Deirdre turned to the Y at a time in need. Since then, she has been inspired to give back herself, and is now a staunch supporter and volunteer for the Y who is studying to become a social worker so that she can continue giving back to others.  This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.


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.

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Togetherhood is a member-led community service program that invites Y members to activate their social responsibility by participating in the Y’s cause to strengthen community. Togetherhood provides Y members with fun, convenient and rewarding ways to give back and support their neighbors.

The program is run through individual Y branches as a partnership between a committee of members and a Y Staff Advisor. It is designed to be a simple, fun and rewarding way for members to identify ways that they can give back and support their neighbors through their own ideas, skills and energy, and the network of the Y.

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Service Learning Resources

The Y is pleased to provide a suite of resources that can guide adults in helping youth identify their interests, and connecting those interests to volunteer and service-learning projects in their community. The Guide to Service Learning helps young people figure out what excites them, and what skills and passions they can share as part of the larger world. The Y's service learning resources also include a guide for adults, a survey for teens and a YouTube channel for youth to share experiences and reflections.

Learn more about Service Learning Resources

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