Volunteerism is central to the founding and legacy of the YMCA.

The YMCA was founded on a simple but powerful idea: by bringing neighbors together to advance the common good, we can improve lives and strengthen communities. That idea came to life 170 years ago when George Williams convened 11 volunteers to improve the lives of young men struggling to overcome the challenges of life in industrialized London. Today, in the United States alone, the Y has nearly 600,000 volunteers who, in partnership with full- and part-time staff, engage 22 million youth and adults each year through YMCA centers and programs that help them to reach their full potential.

With our Volunteer program:

  • We transform the way people see themselves in their communities and in the world. 
  • More people understand who we are and what we do as an organization. 
  • The Y is differentiated from health and wellness facilities.
  • Our Movement grows stronger as more people choose to join us as members, volunteers, and staff. 
  • Program innovation and agile responsiveness to our changing communities become our norm. 
  • We amplify our impact in communities and deepen our commitment to the nation. 

The Hastings Family YMCA has multiple opportunities for community members to volunteer within our organization; in fact, it is vital for our successful YMCA. Contribute as little as an hour of your time up to every day of the week. The Y aims to tailor-fit the volunteer experience to match talents and interests.

Volunteer Opportunities:
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Annual Facility Shutdowns

The Hastings YMCA has an annual shut down of facilities for extensive cleaning and maintenance.  Volunteer to help the Y to be fresh, clean, and in excellent working condition.

Annual Fundraising

The Hastings YMCA, as a non-profit organization, relies heavily on community support.  Volunteer to help solicit donations annually for YMCA programs and membership.

Bus Driver

The Hastings YMCA offers transportation for Elementary school students to the 18th St. YMCA Afterschool Program.  Volunteer to chaperone the bus or utilize/obtain your CDL to drive the bus.

Child Care Volunteers

The Y offers summer and after school childcare for children ages 5 to 12, which includes scheduled activities for the participants. Volunteer to help kids with homework after school or to help lead a game on our courts to help kids understand they are always loved, especially when in YMCA care.

Childwatch Volunteer

The Hastings YMCA offers our members free nursery care for children ages 6 weeks to 8 yrs old. Volunteer to rock babies, play with toddlers and help make sure all children are safe while mom or dad has a great workout at the Y.


The Hastings YMCA organizes several races throughout the year including a triathlon and 5K Frozen Turkey Trot. Volunteer to be on the race route monitoring traffic safety and encouraging participants. Volunteers are also need at registration tables, to time-keep, and pull finishing bib numbers.

Middle School Dance Chaperone:

Monthly Middle School dances are scheduled from 8:00pm-10:30pm one Saturday per month. Volunteer to chaperone to help ensure that all teenagers are having a socially great time with adequate supervision.

Senior Cards/Socials:

Tuesday and Thursday mornings the 16th St. Hastings YMCA offers a place for seniors to come in and socialize by playing cards. Volunteer to play cards or welcome the seniors, offering snacks and a smile. Monthly social events/Dances are planned for seniors. Volunteer to help pour beverages and lead organized theme based activities.

Welcome Center Greeters

The Hastings YMCA provides excellent service at our facilities. Volunteer to help greet members, wash, fold and offer towels, ensure the lobby areas are presentable, smile to welcome, make coffee and help us serve our guests and members.

YMCA Youth Sports Coach

Having volunteer coaches for our youth sports leagues is very important to help our kids develop skills and be encouraged by their coach! You don't have to be a professional to coach a youth sports team! Responsibilities could include communicating with parents, leading practices, helping kids develop skills, and encouraging them!

Advisory Committees

The Hastings YMCA has several advisory committees comprised of Board of Director Members as well as community members to help steer our organization in making appropriate decisions.

Beautification of Grounds

The Y aims to have a pleasant environment and is need of volunteers to water outdoor plants or maintain the miniature golf course.

Board of Directors

The Hastings YMCA Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from various sects of our community that oversee all aspects of our organization, including avocation of our mission, evaluation of programs, facilitation of policy and financial development. Volunteers are needed to serve that possess leadership and vision to help shape the direction of our organization.

Facility Monitors

The Hastings YMCA, in order to provide an excellent experience for all of our guests and members, need volunteers to help us monitor activity and assist our members and guests in our facilities during busy times. We also have a teen (youth) room at 18th St. that requires volunteers to chaperone.

Office Volunteer

The YMCA sometimes is in need of volunteers to help file and fold/stuff newsletters and mailings.

Overnighter Chaperone

The Hastings YMCA offers special groups and plans special events for youth to stay in our facilities overnight for activities. Volunteer to be a ½ night or full overnight chaperone.

Outdoor Summer Camp/Sports Camp/VBS Volunteer

The Hastings YMCA offers special programs for youth of various ages and is in need of extra hands and supervision to ensure all youth are headed in the right direction.

Professional Role Models

The Hastings YMCA invites volunteers to help youth with homework and engage in positive discussions during the week day early evenings after school.

Tournament Volunteer

The YMCA hosts basketball and mini-golf tournaments and is need of volunteers to help them run smoothly.