You can become a YMCA Volunteer and make a difference.

As the place for better health and development for all, we turn no one away from a membership or service because of financial hardship. We are able to do this in part by the generous time and skills of our volunteers.

It is from the help of volunteers and donors that we are able to subsidize memberships and offer much needed health programs for the community today and tomorrow.

Four easy steps to become a Y Volunteer:

  1. Find the right fit for you by reviewing the volunteer positions below. if you cannot find a role that fits, we will help you to create a customized role that feels right.
  2. Complete a Volunteer Application Form and email it to Cassandra Thomas or drop it off in person at a Y Branch
  3. Come in for an interview with a volunteer coordinator
  4. Complete a current RCMP Records Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search

Volunteer Opportunities

The following opportunities are available at specific locations. Please read description for available locations.

Member Services & Administration

Gain great customer service experience and meet new people in your community. If you love to smile and go the extra mile, join our team as a member services greeter!

Health & Fitness

Share your passion for fitness and give back to your community through a number of positions at the YMCA. Support a new-exerciser as a Fitness Host, become a Group Fitness Instructor (training provided), encourage active older adults as a Walk & Talk for 50+ Host, or even work with multiple people on our new training circuit as a Training Circuit Host. Check out the links below for more info on what each unique opportunity has to offer!

Aquatics

Work towards becoming a certified lifeguard/instructor and help our members develop a passion for swimming and to feel safe in the water.

Child and Youth Programs

Run, play, laugh and encourage our youngest YMCA members to have fun every visit.

Facility Operations & Maintenance

Help us show our best face by helping to keep the facility clean and safe.

Philanthropy

We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated and fun-loving volunteers who are passionate about supporting their community.

2015 Volunteer Award Nominations

2014 Volunteer Award Recipients

KFY Volunteer of the Month

May 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Lesli Lorincz

For the past 7 months, Lesli has been an integral part of volunteer engagement across the YMCA of Okanagan. Lesli connects with Volunteer Coordinators and staff to promote the recognition of volunteers within their own departments; highlighting the value of our volunteers across the Y. Lesli also supports strategies on how to recognize volunteers — from gifts, cards, certificates and plaques to being an integral voice in revising how volunteers are nominated and selected for YMCA awards at our Annual General Meeting. Lesli’s perspective as a volunteer brings a new view to how the Y shows appreciation of volunteers and challenges our teams to do more. Because of the work Lesli has done, we have heard so many wonderful things from volunteers and their families — and have had a chance to get to know a diversity of our volunteers who would have most likely flew under the radar.

Lesli embodies all of the Y’s core values. Her caring and responsible nature keeps her motivated and determined to stay on track to make sure volunteers receive the recognition they deserve. Her commitment has steadily grown; starting out by volunteering a few hours each week, she now is committed to several hours and shifts per week! She is an important person in our work space. Her smile and positive energy lights up the room. We are so lucky to have Lesli as a part of our team.