The Y is a charitable mission-driven organization dedicated to social responsibility and community building. Volunteers are critical to our mission and central to all we do.

Want to get involved but don’t know how? Here are some ways to make a difference in your community no matter how much time you have to give...

A Minute

There are all sorts of ways to get involved. Even one minute at a time helps!

  • Like us on Facebook
  • “Like” and “share” our content you think could be helpful to your friends and family
  • Pick up a piece of trash you see on the street
  • Hold the door for someone on your way into or out of a building

A Day, A Week

  • Volunteer to read to children in our Stay & Play activity rooms or Y Preschool and Head Start Centers
  • Make welcome packets for those new to the Y
  • Volunteer at one of our special events like the annual Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K
  • Share your special skills with children in our Before & After School Enrichment programs

A Bit Longer, Maybe Even a Year

  • Coach a sports team or referee a game
  • Join Togetherhood, our member-led volunteer service program
  • Volunteer on one of our Community Leadership Boards
  • Participate in Togetherhood, our member-led volunteer service program
  • Become a mentor in our Reach & Rise or Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y mentoring programs

Regardless of how you do it or how often you do, the key is to DO IT! Get involved and give back to your community through rewarding volunteer opportunities at the Y! Apply to volunteer today.

Program Volunteers

You have special talents; why not share them! Volunteer to coach a sports team or teach a dance class. Lend your time and talent leading one of our Funshop activities for kids (creative activities for kids involving art, science and more). Be a special guest in one of our after school programs and share your passion for your career field. Join Togetherhood, our member-led volunteer service program, and work on service projects that benefit your community. The opportunities are endless! <

Special Event Volunteers

The Y has special events taking place every month and we need your help making them a success! Most of our events are open to the community as a way for community members to interact and connect.

We hold monthly family events at our Y Centers like movie nights, sweetheart dances, and national events like Y Healthy Kids Day.

Our premier fundraising event is our Annual Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K held on Thanksgiving morning in multiple locations in Central Maryland and beyond. This event requires hundreds of volunteers, from children to seniors, to help us pull it off without a hitch. <

Community Leadership Boards

The communities we serve are supported by a volunteer board known as a Community Leadership Board (CLB). CLB members' primary responsibility is to help engage the community in the Y's charitable mission to support children and families in need so they may benefit from quality Y experiences they otherwise could not afford such as Y camp, preschool, before & after school enrichment, and membership.

If you would like to get involved on a Community Leadership Board, please contact Debra Einstein at DebraEinstein@ymaryland.org.

Corporate Volunteers

Corporate volunteer activities are also available and can be tailored to meet the interests of your organization. Prior activities include specific service projects such as camp clean-up days, community restoration days, and more. Please contact Eric Somerville at EricSomerville@ymaryland.org.

Togetherhood

Togetherhood is the Y’s signature program for social responsibility. This program invites Y members to lead and participate in volunteer service projects that benefit the community where they live.

The program runs through individual family centers as a partnership between a committee of members and a Y Associate Advisor. It is designed to be a simple, fun and rewarding way for members to identify ways they can give back and support their neighbors through their own ideas, skills, energy, and the network of the Y!

To make a hands-on difference in your community please apply to volunteer today.