Studies show 51 percent of job candidates state they will not work for an organization that does not provide volunteering opportunities. When corporate employees are engaged in community activities that leverage their professional skills through volunteerism, employees are happier and better connected with their colleagues, which benefits the entire company.
The YMCA invites your organization to volunteer with us because 91 percent of human resources managers of Fortune 500 companies stated knowledge of volunteering and expertise to a nonprofit can be an effective way to cultivate critical business and leadership skills.
Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to:
- BOLD and GOLD Ambassadors: BOLD and GOLD brings together diverse groups of teens to develop multicultural leadership skills through wilderness adventures. You will work with the advisory board on initiatives such as fundraising, community outreach, gear and clothing drives, parent information nights and educational events.
- Build Side Kicks: To help encourage the Y’s Healthy Food Philosophy, you will premeasure, organize and package ingredients containing supplies needed to create a nutritious side dish for distribution to YMCA families.
- Bunk Bed Build: Across the Twin Cities, too many boys and girls go without a bed to sleep on and this can impact their happiness and overall health. With YMCA partner Sleep in Heavenly Peace, you will assist with building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need.
- Sports Volunteers: The YMCA is committed to providing an opportunity to learn goal-setting, self-esteem and leadership, to as many young people as possible by eliminating barriers to participation, creating an inclusive environment and ensuring a safe place to play, grow and thrive. As a youth sports volunteer, you will play a large role in making Y sporting events successful as either a door greater, stop clock manager, coach or managing concessions.
- Welcome Home: Many young people transitioning from homelessness or system involvement do not have the means to obtain basic living items for their new home. YMCA Youth Intervention Services programs support young people in obtaining items needed to live independently. As a volunteer, you will assemble “Welcome Home” packages for young people to help them get started in their new home.