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Volunteer / Mentor


The YMCA was founded on a simple but powerful idea: 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.

There are others, but here are some specific opportunities for Volunteers / Mentors:

Youth Triathlon
Friday, June 1, 2018
We’re expecting 200 youth ages 2-12.
Set up 4:00pm
Race check-in 5:00pm
Race begins 5:30pm
Kids will need help:

  1. Putting shoes on and tying
  2. Putting on bike helmets – getting on bike
  3. Point them in the direction to ride
  4. Supervise the running for the older ones who run/bike around Ojibway Island
  5. Pool area (already covered)
  6. Clean up

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Caravan Cares Charity Golf Outing at the Sawmill Golf Club:
2 -4 volunteers are needed to sit at and monitor the hole-in-one hole during outing (the outing supports 3 local charities and we are one of them)

Y150 Block Party and
KidsCampUs Ribbon Cutting
2 celebrations
Supervise:  inflatables, yard games, etc.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 4:00-7:00pm

Family Dash  – event time 10am-1pm
the weekend after Fathers Day in the morning and early afternoon
Saturday, June 23, 2018

More Information as it becomes available

Seeking a Volunteer Passionate about Veterans Services up to 5 hours a week:

  • Arrange and Confirm speakers for 2nd Tuesday Monthly 5pm Program – be here on 2nd Tuesday to help with presenters.

  • Arrange and Confirm Food Vendors to Donate on the 2nd Tuesday.

  • Veteran Communication.

  • Help grow the program.

Front Desk –

Saturdays:  8 am – 2pm

Sunday:  Noon – 6

  • Greeting members – Front desk member check-in duties

  • Washing &/or folding/rolling towels, keeping rack inside MAC stocked

  • Folding documents – stuffing new member packets – mailing prep

  • Make coffee – stock/tidy up the area

  • DRESS: allowed to wear clean neat jeans with volunteer shirts because of this:

  • Light supplemental cleaning as necessary

  • Assist directors as requested – during times and when your assistance is not needed at front desk during busy times.

  • Uphold the highest standards with a high level of attention to detail in all areas of YMCA.

  • Model an attitude of concern, compassion, acceptance, integrity, and character worthy of emulation by staff and volunteers.

Parents Night Out – once a month opportunity – on Saturday, 4-10pm

Y-Ambassador type people:  Could you help in the evenings to direct people to their class or check in our program participants? Varied days and times are available.

Volunteers would be appreciated to engage with members and clean equipment on the wellness floor.

Kid Zone:  1 person per time slot.
Mon – Fri 4:30pm-7:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-noon
Sunday 2:00pm-5:00pm

Working along with our staff, those who have worked with children or are interested in working with children in the future – here is your perfect volunteer opportunity, interacting with children, playing games, crafts, activities, cleanup, washing toys.

Garden upkeep on our property under the direction of our master gardeners.  Tuesdays about 8:00 am is when they usually work, but they are willing to train you other days/times.

Marketing Interns (4) – needed for summer months

Proofreading:  Sit down with us and review our website.  How user friendly is it?  All links operating?  Make suggestions.

Sharks Swim Team committee:
Looking for people who have a passion for swimming and youth. Interested in planning swim meets, special events/functions for the swim team and team fundraising.
Meetings are held monthly

If you’re at least age 16 and interested in volunteering, but don’t see anything above that interests you, another option is to bring, fax or email in the form from the link below with photo ID and wait to hear back from us. 

NOTE:  You cannot volunteer for us instantly.  We need time to complete a background check, which could take several days.

First:  Click to Type Out this Volunteer Application Form.
Complete the 2 pages and bring, email or fax to the Saginaw YMCA
with a copy of your drivers license/photo ID card.

Volunteers are the most vital and irreplaceable element of the Y. In short, we simply cannot create such a lasting and meaningful impact in Saginaw without you!

Please contact me for details regarding these and more:

Pam Aven
Communications Specialist
Volunteer Coordinator

(989) 753-7721 ext 221
(989) 755-9329 fax


After you have been approved and contacted with hours ……

Dress code: When you are here doing your service hours you will get a t-shirt to wear over your regular shirt at the front desk while you serve. Please leave this shirt here when you are done and it will be washed. This will eliminate not having a shirt to wear during service or needing to replace shirts so often. Also, please, dress in proper, although casual wear.

  • No jeans
  • No sweats
  • No rips or holes in pants.  Slacks or even yoga pants are fine as long as clean, free of holes and not revealing. No tight or low riding pants.
  • Shoes need to be clean and presentable.
  • If you help out as the Y mascot, you need to wear a long sleeved black shirt and black pants.
    (a new mascot is coming in the late spring 2018)
  • There are badges that also need to worn that identify you as a Y-volunteer.