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

July 2015 Volunteer of the Month: Preet

Preet has been a member of our childminding family since September 2014 and we are so thankful to have her on our team. Her positive and calming personality is always a joy to have around and the children enjoy her company. She is very punctual and works hard to keep the child and family center spic and span; like a busy bee making sure the room is clean and tidy for all of our members.

Preet always makes time to connect with the children, whether it’s reading stories, playing kitchen, or helping them with their latest work of play-dough art. The connections that she makes with them can be seen in their smiles and laughter. She enjoys getting to spend time building these positive relationships with the small members of our community.

Preet has been one of our most consistent volunteers since she started and she always shows up to her shift on time, with a smile, and ready to work. She is so appreciated that we can’t even imagine how things would function without her. Her excellent work-ethic and lovely personality are irreplaceable.

Thank you so much Preet for all that you do!


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!

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.

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 rzakala@ymcaokanagan.ca

Philanthropy

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.