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

Volunteer of the Month

October 2015 Volunteer of the Month: Ryan Hiob

Ryan Hiob is an amazing young man who has been volunteering with the Kelowna Family Y front desk for nearly three years, all while juggling school and a job. Ryan has been a steady fixture at the desk and is always willing to learn more to serve his community better. Even with his busy schedule Ryan always does his part and even helps cover when other volunteers aren’t able to make it or pick up an extra night to help cover staff meetings. His friendly nature, dedication, and great work ethic have really shown just how fantastic he is.

Thanks for all you do Ryan and we can’t believe it has already been three years!

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!


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!


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.

Silver Lake Kids Camp

Love the outdoors? Help the Y at Silver Lake Kids Camp give children and youth a great camping experience while instilling strong leadership skills and values. We also have volunteer opportunities for youth at Silver Lake, with our Leaders In Training program—for more information contact Rhonda Zakala


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

Jill Siebert Volunteer Award of Excellence

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Sam Van-Ginkel

Hey! I’m Sam van Ginkel, a fourth year student studying Neuropsychology at the University of British Columbia. I sought out the YMCA because I’m passionate about setting and achieving goals, and I want to help facilitate that for whoever I can. With years of boxing competition, Muay Thai training, strength, calisthenics, and overall versatility in athletics, I’ve got the experience and breadth to accommodate anyone looking for some help with their fitness goals. And hey, not to mention, I just love working out. So let’s get to it.