What is Volunteering?
Formal volunteering is an activity which takes place through not-for-profit organizations or projects and is undertaken:
- to be of benefit to your community and the organization
- of the volunteer’s own free will and time constraints
- for no financial payment
- in designated volunteer positions only
Principles of Volunteering
- Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer
- Volunteering is always a matter of choice
- Volunteering is not undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances
- Volunteering is a way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community
At the YMCA, we rely heavily on our volunteers to help teach swim lessons, fitness classes, childrens programs, and special events.
All of our volunteer teachers are certified in basic first aid and CPR. They also go through a vigorous 5-step volunteering program which includes child protection training, criminal record checks, and more.
There are many opportunities to volunteer at the YMCA. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area.
Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health.
Volunteering increases self-confidence. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence and self-esteem. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life.
Volunteering combats depression. Reducing the risk of depression is another important benefit of volunteering. A key risk factor for depression is social isolation.
Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.
If you would like to find out more, come into the Y and fill out a volunteer application form. We can discuss options for volunteering at that time.
We welcome volunteers of various ages, from youth to senior.
Benefits of Volunteering for YMCA Yarmouth
- Become a fully-participating member of your community
- Meet new people and build new friendships
- Strengthen, expand and polish your skills
- Expand your own fitness level and knowledge
There are many ways you can volunteer at the YMCA of Yarmouth. If you are interested in youth programs, you may want to help with Friday Night Fun. You may be interested in teaching a fitness class, in which case you would contact our Health and Fitness Supervisor, Barbara Firth to find out about the volunteering process. You might want to help with our annual campaigns, reaching out to the community in support of our Strong Kids Program. Or maybe the pool is where its at for you; you can volunteer to teach aqua classes, or swim lessons, etc. For aquatics, please see our Aquatics Supervisor, Jennifer Hood.
Click here to download and print the Volunteer Application Form.