Take an active role in our community.
We know that when we volunteer with other people, we grow in spirit. It’s important to harness the power of the Y to make life better for people around us. As a part of the Y family, you’re part of something greater that helps fulfill our cause to strengthen the foundation of our community.
Volunteer in the Y or through the Y in the community. Put your talents and passion into action through our service projects and programs with youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Fulfill your calling and serve with the Y.
Each branch of the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne has a volunteer advisory board. Branch Advisory boards support the Executive Director in fulfilling his or her responsibilities as the staff leader. One of the most important roles of a Branch Board member is fundraising.
If you are interested in applying to become a Branch Board member, please contact the Executive Director of the branch where you would like to serve.
YMCA Chaplains are local Christian ministers who volunteer a few hours a week in a branch. They are available to members and staff to listen, pray, and support your spirit in accordance with our mission and core values. If you are a local minister interested in our chaplaincy program, please contact Tim Hallman, Director of Christian Emphasis.
Community Service Projects
Every month the Y is partnering with community organizations as a way to live out our mission and cause. Get involved in your neighborhood through a Y service project.
2019 Scheduled Service Projects:
· January 21, 2019, YMCA MLK Day of Service - painting and cleaning
· February 26, Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries - paint and clean
· March 21, Community Harvest Food Bank - stock shelves
· April 7-13, National Volunteer Week - parks & yards
· April 28, YMCA Camp Potawotami Clean Up
· April - October (TBD), Tri-State Watershed Riverside Clean Up
· May 4, YMCA Camp Kekionga Clean Up & Weisser Park Clean Up
· June 15, Associated Churches Father’s Day 5K - course marshals, registration, refreshments, and more
· July 8-12, NeighborLink Be A Good Neighbor Week - painting & repairs
· August 17-28, Germany Service Mission Trip*
· August 21, United Way Day of Caring - mulch, paint and yardwork
· September14-22, Welcoming Week* - painting and repairs
· October 22, Treasure House - sort and clean at the Rescue Mission thrift store
· November (TBD) Turkeypalooza - shred turkey for the Rescue Mission Thanksgiving meal
· November 18-21, YMCA Rake A Difference Week - neighborhood leaf clean up
· November 9 - December 2, Coats for Kids - sort and deliver coats
· December 26, 2019 - January 8, 2020, Chile Service Mission Trip*
Contact Tim Hallman, Director of Christian Emphasis - 260.755.4964 / firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about these scheduled Y service projects. Contact your local Y for more volunteer service projects through your branch.
The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne partners with NeighborLink, a local charitable non-profit with a mission to put "Practical, neighbor-to-neighbor expressions of God's love" into action. We partner with them as a way for branches and community members to do service projects in our neighborhoods. Contact Tim Hallman for more information on how to do a NeighborLink project with your family and friends.
Invest in our youngest members with a good story and warm smile. To find out how to become a reader in Chilld Watch, please contact your local branch.
International Service Trips
Each year, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne offers opportunities to serve on a service trip overseas. Francisco Townsend oversees the trips. Register for one of our trips!
What is Togetherhood™?
Togetherhood™ is the YMCA’s Signature Program for social responsibility that gives Y members the opportunity to select, plan, lead and participate in meaningful community service projects that benefit people and organizations right here in our neighborhood! We know members, like you, have lots of ideas and the desire to reach out to make positive changes in our community. That’s why we invite you to participate in Togetherhood.
How does it work?
A Y staff advisor guides a committee of Y members who plan and lead volunteer service projects. A comprehensive resource toolkit ensures Togetherhood committees are supported each step of the way, from planning the year of service to running projects to reporting and celebrating their successes.
How do I get Involved?
The Y is mobilizing thousands of volunteers nationwide who are using their creativity, passion and hard work to transform communities. We invite you to join us at participating branches! Currently, Togetherhood is offered at Skyline YMCA and Parkview YMCA branches. With Togetherhood, there are opportunities to serve on a committee throughout the year or volunteer on individual projects that interest you. If your Y doesn’t yet offer Togetherhood, let your branch leadership know that your’re interested and ask about other ways to volunteer and give back through the Y.
A Y Ambassador welcomes new members to the Y. You can provide encouragement to new members who need a friend and support as they start their wellness journey. To find out how to become a Y Ambassador, please contact the Wellness Director at your local branch.
This program connects individuals with physicial, developmental and intellectual disabilities with volunteers and they participate together in programs, classes, and activities at the Y our Director of Adaptive Services Rebekah Coffey at 260.755.4961.
Youth Sports Coaches
Coaches play a vital role in the lives of children and teenagers by teaching them not only the skills to excel in the game, but also confidence for life. To find out how to become a Volunteer Sports Coach, please contact your local branch. Find out what coaching opportunities are currently available.