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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. We welcome college interns! Check with your school to see if an internship at the Y will help you earn college credit.

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!

  • 7th Graders and teens in our summer CIT/LIT programs are working with Cranford Senior Housing to provide technology assistance and arts programs on-site for residents.
  • The Westfield Area Y is also thrilled to serve as a drop-off location for the Westfield Food Pantry.

The Giving Tree project had volunteers from the community that partnered with four local merchants to benefit Community Access Unlimited – Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter.

At-risk youth often come to Community Access Unlimited having lived in many places but rarely a real home.  The vision of Community Access Unlimited, Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter is to halt the cycle of homelessness by offering engaging programs that enable youth to move forward to a safer, healthier, and a more productive way of living within the community.

The Giving Trees were placed at 4 local merchants by volunteers as part of the first Togetherhood project. Community members delivered 160 gifts to place under The Giving Trees and 72 runaway & homeless young adults had a very special holiday!

Thanks to our community partners: The Juice House, Jersey Mike’s,The Running Company, and Hilltop Bicycles.

Check out our featured story.

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:

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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