The Y began as an all-volunteer organization, and to this day, volunteers play an integral role in everything we do.
From strategic planning to fundraising, from coaching to reading to a child, volunteers are the heart of our Y. When you become a volunteer at the Y, you can share your talents, strengths and gifts with those who need it most.
With a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, we have a place for anyone looking to connect and make a difference in our communities. Watch the video below to learn more about volunteering with the Y.
There are generally four types of volunteer roles at the Y:
Program Volunteers:Program volunteers could be an instructor or leader of a group, class, or team. Program volunteers work with the YMCA staff to provide programs, services, and activities to participants - like youth sports coaches. These volunteers need to go through the onboarding process which includes a background check.
Service volunteers are individuals who take roles in administration, membership services, sales, communication, or fundraising on behalf of the YMCA.
Board volunteers are members of either the Association Board of Directors, Community Engagement Boards or Y Ambassadors (Young Professionals) Board. Board members serve as the voice of the community to the Y, they’re ambassadors and advocates of the Y, and they connect partners and secure resources to advance the Y’s mission.
Event Volunteers:Event volunteers assist on the day of an event, they can sign up and show up without any pre-training or on-board processing.
The Y has 19 membership branches, 5 program locations and several early learning centers in the metro Atlanta area. Volunteer opportunities are available at most locations. Find the location nearest to you!
Children under the age of 12 are welcome to volunteer, however they are required to complete volunteer responsibilities while under supervision of a parent or legal guardian.
Teenage Volunteers (between 12-17)
Are welcome to volunteer as long as they are under the supervision of a YMCA staff person over the age of 18.
Adult Volunteers (18 and above)
When completing volunteer responsibilities during which children are present, must be under the supervision of a YMCA staff person.
*Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the written consent of a parent or guardian prior to volunteering.
The YMCA of Metro Atlanta does not offer court appointed volunteer hours.
Program and Service Volunteers consistently working directly with our members are required to complete:
- a release of liability waiver and photo release
- a Background screening on an annual basis
- Review and sign our Youth & Teen Safety Policy
- View our Youth & Teen Safety training video prior to beginning volunteer service with the YMCA.
Event volunteers will sign a release of liability waiver and a photo video release. No background check is required.