Volunteerism

Across the country, the YMCA provides everyone the opportunity to give back and assist their neighbors. Volunteer, advocate, and support programs that strengthen community.

With the Y, you’re not just a member of a facility or a volunteer – you’re part of a cause. With a shared commitment to improving our community’s health and well-being, nurturing our children, and giving back by supporting our neighbors, you provide the opportunity for others to learn, grow, and thrive. Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the YMCA.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Coach Application

Located at the Central YMCA, the YMCA’s Children’s Center is a fully licensed and accredited early child care facility that provides care for children ages 4 weeks – 6 years. Volunteers play a vital role by assisting in providing care for children. From the retired grandmother to the young college intern to simply those that want to give back or pay it forward, we need you to help make a positive difference in the lives of our children.

Classroom Assistant

In this position, the volunteer assistant can assist the classroom teacher with activity preparation, material rotation, and maintaining a clean environment for children, ages 4 weeks – 6 years old. They will also read with the children, help in observing classroom activity, toy & equipment sanitation, and classroom laundry. This volunteer loves children and will also help in the creation and maintenance of a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment.

Kitchen Aide

Assist in the preparation and serving of food for children ages 4 weeks – 6 years at the Central Spokane YMCA Early Child Care Center. Help with menu planning, record-keeping, inventory, storage of food and equipment, and maintain health and safety sanitation standards.

For more information please contact Heather Buhl, Child Care Program Executive, 509 777 9622 ext. 4090.

YMCA School Age Care Assistants and Mentors

Help children build lasting friendships, as they interact with positive role models and have choices of activities such as arts & crafts, physical activity, clubs, and homework time. Adults are needed to assist YMCA teachers as mentors to work with children before and after the regular hours of school. Full time and part-time, before and after school opportunities are available in the Mead, Riverside, and Valley schools.

For more information please contact Heather Buhl, Child Care Program Executive, 509 777 9622 ext. 4090.

The YMCA provides the opportunity to complete Community Service hours.

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Togetherhood™

As a part of the leading charity committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, you can play a role in making our community stronger.

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At the Y, we’re dedicated to strengthening the community by giving back to and supporting our neighbors. And we know that members like you have lots of ideas and the desire to reach out to make positive changes in our community.

That’s why we invite you to participate in Togetherhood™ a program that gives Y members the opportunity to select, plan, and lead meaningful community service projects that benefit people and organizations right here in our neighborhood.

Participating in the Togetherhood™ program gives you the chance to activate your social responsibility by helping your neighbors receive the support they need to feel healthy, connected, and secure. Plus, contributing your time and talents for the good of others can enhance your own well-being!

Interested in getting involved?

We are currently looking for members and community members who want to help us plan and run projects. We are also in need of volunteers at each event, as well as individuals who would like to join our Togetherhood Committee. If you have community project ideas please email Jade Smith.

If you are interested, please send us an email or call 509 777 9622:

Central Y: Steven Troup x 1130

Valley Y: Deborah MacDonald x 2030

North Y: Tammy Campbell x 3130

South Y: Jade Smith x 5040

Litehouse Y:  Heidi Bohall x 6010

Custodial Helper

As a custodial helper you will help monitor and clean the fitness equipment and assist in ensuring the Health and Wellness area is free of excess towels and debris. You will wipe the equipment using the supplied spray and cleansing towels in addition reporting any problems with the machines to assigned staff.

For information please contact Facility Directors at

Central YMCA: Trevor Clift509 777 9622 x 1160

North YMCA: Josh Lloyd509 777 9622 x 3160

South YMCA: Stevie Macy509 777 9622 x 5430

Valley YMCA: Jim Miller509 777 9622 x 2160

The YMCA Community Garden located at the North YMCA. The Greenhouse is at the Valley Y. Together they provide fresh produce for our community in partnership with local partner agencies. Volunteers are needed to assist with the planning, planting, maintenance and harvesting, in both locations. Whether you are a Master Gardener or just like playing in the dirt, we can use your help!

  • North Y Garden Program Leader: The Garden Program Leader will facilitate the weekly needs of the North YMCA Garden from April – October. In partnership with other local organizations, the Program Leader will coordinate food distribution to YMCA members and those in need of fresh produce. The primary function will be to maintain the garden and assist in planning opportunities for members and the community to learn gardening basics. For more information or to apply, please email Jeff Polello, or call 509 777 9622 ext 3430.
  • North Y Group Garden Projects: Do you have a group of hard-working teens or adults who want to get their hands dirty? We have a garden with lots of weeds, dirt, and plants that need attention. For more information on how you can help feed your community fresh produce, contact Jeff Polello, or call 509 777 9622 ext 3430.

The YMCA Community Garden located at the North YMCA. The Greenhouse is at the Valley Y. Together they provide fresh produce for our community in partnership with local partner agencies. Volunteers are needed to assist with the planning, planting, maintenance and harvesting, in both locations. Whether you are a Master Gardener or just like playing in the dirt, we can use your help!

  • Valley Y Greenhouse Aide: Assist in the operations of the greenhouse and provide insight and care to plants and flowers. Work with Y staff to prove an enjoyable and educational experience for members and program participants. Contact Angela Hanni, or call 509 777 9622 ext 4160.

Wellness Center Assistant

As the Volunteer Wellness Center Assistant, you will: assist members; provide equipment training; facilitate program modifications and progression while adhering to the National YMCA of the USA Health and Fitness guidelines and policies; and provide Wellness Center floor coverage. Building relationships with staff, members and guests is at the heart of our work and provides the safe, nurturing environment for all to thrive. Training will be provided.

Group Exercise Class Supporter

Lend a hand as you assist certified YMCA Group Exercise instructors conduct classes by providing support and assisting new participants in learning steps and routines. Everyone is welcome at the Y and Supporters can make new class participants feel comfortable by introducing them to current class participants and the environment. Additionally, support the class instructor by helping with set up and tear down when necessary.

Health and Wellness Ambassador

Together, the YMCA team creates an inviting and welcoming atmosphere in the Health and Wellness area by warmly greeting all guests and members. You will assist them in locating requested equipment, provide information on class times, location and descriptions, and periodically spiff up equipment to keep it clean and shiny. You will also help observe the exercise area to ensure age-appropriate users are present and using safe practices. Positions are available at all four locations.

For more information please email or call 509 777 9622 Health and Wellness Directors

Central Y: Pat Estes x 1430

Valley Y: Katrina Nebel x 2120

North Y: Jennifer Haney x 3120

South Y: Stevie Macy x 5430

Litehouse YOlivia Langs x 6110

 

Communications and Marketing Intern

You will fully participate in a busy marketing and communications department fulfilling projects based on skill level and experience. This will be a learning environment focused on providing you with real, hands-on projects designed to assist the MarComm team and to build out your real-world experience.

Skills particularly useful include but are not limited to graphic design; writing for news releases, newsletters, feature stories, photography/videography, and editing.

You can expect to hone your technical and creative writing skills via printed and broadcast media; gain insight into the decision-making process of corporate leadership, and take an active role in executing both internal and external communication strategies for the YMCA.

To apply, click on the Volunteer Application link at the top of the page.

For more information please contact Mary Berry, Director of Communications and Marketing, 509 777 9622 x 4100.

YMCA MemberMember Engagement Representative

Let your bubbly personality shine! Everyone who walks in our doors will be welcomed and met with a genuine desire to build relationships. The YMCA makes a positive difference in our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Help us share our story of the value the Y can offer by fostering relationships and encouraging guests and program participants to become active members.

Safety Ambassador

As a Safety Ambassador, you will provide a presence throughout the facility and in gender appropriate locker rooms. Assist in maintaining a safe environment in the gym, lobby, and family activity area. Report any unacceptable situations to staff. A perfect position for retired law enforcement and security officers. Positions available at all three branches.

Interpreter

Communication happens in many forms. Bring your language skills and help open doors. Everyone is welcome at the YMCA but sometimes we need a little help communicating with our guests. Services may include interpreting general questions, assistance completing forms and participating in tours of the branch. When you speak, write, or sign Russian, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL) you are helping to strengthen our community by welcoming all.

Gym Attendant

The Gym Attendant helps all our members and guests embody our values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Additionally, you make sure the gym is clean and extra items are picked up to prevent a safety hazard. And you might just get to play some ball, as well!

For more information please email or call 509 777 9622 Membership Directors

Central Y: Tyler Irish x 1030

Valley Y: Meredith Mattocks x 2130

North Y: Hayli Lobe x 3030

South Y: Stevie Macy x 5430

Litehouse YKayla Ireland x 6030

Swim Lesson Aide

Feeling confident in and around water doesn’t just happen. It takes comforting support to build skill and proficiency. YMCA Aquatics programs are designed to acquaint participants to water safety and teach them how to swim. You will assist YMCA certified swim instructors in maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment for program participants ages 4 months – adults.

For more information please email or call 509 777 9622 Aquatics Directors

Central Y: Andrea Reid x 1110

Valley Y: Janae Smith x 2110

North Y: Emily Potter-Smith x 3110

Litehouse Y: Olivia Langs 208 263 6633

Our Teen Programs always appreciate dedicated volunteers who enjoy spending quality time with teenagers and who want to make a difference in the lives of our youth. Be a mentor, a chaperone, or a tutor and support our effort to positively influence teens in our community to become their best selves.

Outside the Box

When our youth thrive, our community thrives. As a mentor or tutor, you will play a key role in the success of these 7th–12th graders at North Central High School. The program supports their academic, social, and emotional development while giving them a safe and fun environment to explore their community, their interests, and their potential. You can be instrumental as you mentor them to grow their confidence and help them develop the tools they need for a successful high school career and beyond. Mentors and tutors must be 18 years or older. The program meets Sept – June.

For more information please contact Adam Swensen509 777 9622 x 4120.

Youth & Government Advisers

Our youth need you. Our future needs them. We are looking for outstanding Advisers to help teach democracy to this generation through our Youth Legislature program. Although the time commitment is plenty, you will not regret getting involved and experiencing the magic that happens when our youth are given the opportunity to shine. As a youth-led program, your role will be to guide, support and give structure to the meetings. YMCA staff will assist with curriculum and additional volunteers as needed. Learn more about the Washington State Youth & Government program and our local teen programs. Advisers must be 21 years or older.

For more information please contact Adam Swensen509 777 9622 x 4120.

Homework Clubs (Mountainside and Northwood Middle schools only)

Students attending Mountainside or Northwood Middle School can join the free after-school program, providing a safe and healthy place to grow with fellow students. These groups meet at the school sites Oct-May. We are always looking for outstanding volunteers to help students with homework and have fun. We also welcome high school age helpers who might need to fulfill a volunteer requirement or who just want to be a part of something good and make a difference!

Several YMCA staff are present to assist students with homework and provide mentorship. Students do 60-90 minutes of school work and can make up missed assignments and tests. We get the kids moving with physical activities based on 5 components of fitness, plus, there are snacks, games, field trips and more!

For more information contact Adam Swensen509 777 9622 x 4120.

Branch Advisory boards drive the mission of the YMCA through local branch engagement with volunteers, staff, members, program participants, and donors.

Time Commitment
Advisory Board meetings are held at least once quarterly for 60-90 minutes, typically during
the workweek. Also, each advisory board member is expected to serve on a
committee that would generally meet monthly for an hour. Advisory board members are
also asked to attend special events throughout the year.

Typical Board Member Responsibilities

  • Ensure effective planning. Boards must actively participate in an overall strategic
    planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.
  • Ensure adequate financial resources. One of the board’s foremost responsibilities is to
    secure adequate on-going financial resources through Philanthropy in Action and other
    fundraising vehicles for the organization to fulfill its mission.
  • Enhance the organization’s public standing. The advisory board should clearly
    articulate the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner
    support from the community.
  • Build a competent board. All advisory boards have a responsibility to articulate
    prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively
    evaluate their own performance.
  • Support the staff. The advisory board should work in partnership to support the branch
    executive by providing input to achieve assigned branch goals.
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to
    legal standards and ethical norms.

In partnering with the Y as an advisory board member, you can feel confident your contribution will make a meaningful, lasting impact on our community and in the individual lives of many.

For more information please contact the Branch Executive at the branches below.

Central Spokane YMCA
Pat Estes

Litehouse YMCA (Sandpoint, ID)
Heidi Bohall

North Spokane YMCA
Jeff Polello

South Spokane YMCA
Brad Bushy

Spokane Valley YMCA
Suzanne Heutmaker

YMCA Camp Reed
Carly Garras

Youth Sports Coach

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BE A YOUTH SPORTS COACH TODAY.

We’re seeking volunteers interested in coaching youth sports. Our coaches make YMCA youth sports possible and create a lifelong impact on children by encouraging participation and emphasizing sportsmanship and strong character. When you become a volunteer, the Y will introduce you to coaching and provide resources specific to the sport you coach.

Volunteer Coach Application

For more information, contact Sports Executive Michael Williams509 720 5614.

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