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Volunteers are the "heart" of the YMCA

When you volunteer at a community service organization like the Y, you can have a lasting impact on the community.  Whether it’s coaching a youth league, serving on a committee, giving back to the community through Togetherhood, or offering administrative assistance, you receive the satisfaction in knowing that your time is truly well spent and appreciated.  All volunteers are invited to an annual recognition event.

Internships

The Y welcomes interns to join our team. College student should check with the school to see if an internship at the Y will help you earn college credit!

Volunteer Opportunities at the Y

The Y provides many opportunities where your time, talents and interests can significantly contribute to our mission of developing the full potential of the individuals and families in the communities we serve.

There are SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITIES such as events and seasonal sports where youth learn teamwork, gain a sense of accomplishment and belonging, and develop self-confidence.  Maybe you would be willing to become a …

Special Events Volunteer:  Under the supervision of the event coordinator, lend your time to community-wide events such as 5K Run for Everyone, Healthy Kids Day, family events and holiday celebrations to assure they are well organized and enjoyable.

Special Interest Volunteer:  Share your particular talent or area of interest with adult members by providing a leadership role in programs, games, clubs, or other activities.

Youth Coach Volunteer:  Instruct the players in the fundamentals of the sport as well as the principles of good sportsmanship during practices and games.

Youth Basketball Referee Volunteer:  Share your knowledge, skill and love for basketball by officiating at games and creating a safe environment for players, parents and coaches. Requirement: Basketball Referee Certification.

Track Volunteer:  Assist the youth of our track program as they learn to appreciate running as a lifelong fitness activity.

There are ongoing opportunities with various levels of commitment where you can enrich the community.  Perhaps you would be interested in:

Dragonfly Volunteer:  Support the Recreation Therapist/Special Needs Coordinator; help supervise activities; assist special needs young adults between the ages of 18-26 with games, crafts and physical activities.  Programs run Monday-Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 PM

Marketing Intern:  Opportunities in all marketing areas including: social media, graphic design, writing, advertising, promotional materials, PR, photography and more.  H.S. and College Students are welcome!

Tutor/Homework Assistance:  Provide the additional support a student needs to strive towards success in academics during the after school program.  Requirement: must be 16 years or older.

Kids Club Babysitting:  Assist the staff in providing a safe, fun, and stimulating environment for the youngest Y members while their parents exercise.  Requirement: must be 16 years or older.

Special Expertise Volunteer:  Enrich children’s experience by sharing your area of expertise, such as art, music, foreign language, horticulture, or science, with kindergarten students during the school term.  Requirements: must be 18 years of age or older; must have completed associate degree or equivalent.

Health & Wellness Volunteer:  Lend your skills to various organizational tasks that enable the Y to provide numerous classes and programs that increase the health and wellness of members.

Teen Activity Volunteer:  Various teen activities would benefit from the presence of interested adults willing to assist with organizing and/or chaperoning the events.

Leaders Club Volunteer:  Assist in leading, organizing and supervising activities that support and encourage teens committed to making a difference, both locally and globally. Experience: team building experience and leadership skills with teens would be valuable but not required.

Administrative/Clerical/Finance Volunteer:  Assist with various aspects of administrative and clerical duties such as filing, mailings, computer work, Excel assignments, and special projects.

Maintenance/Facilities Volunteer:  Lend your time and skills to a variety of tasks such as painting, light repairs, and gardening in an effort to maintain our buildings and grounds.

Special Needs Program Support Assistant: Provide support to participants in a specialized program in a manner that is fun, engaging and accessible to children and/or adults with special needs/adaptive needs.

Togetherhood is a volunteer-led and idea-driven community service project that benefits community members and organizations. YOU come up with the service project ideas, WE help make it happen.

Togetherhood projects have included:  7th Graders and teens in our summer CIT/LIT programs working with Cranford Senior Housing to provide technology assistance and arts programs on-site for residents, ongoing drop-off location for the Westfield Food Pantry, holiday season “giving tree” making the holidays brighter for those in need.

Contact Bonnie Cohen at 908-301-9622 x240 or bcohen@westfieldynj.org for more information.

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