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.

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!

Volunteer Opportunities

Parents Night Out

  • Once a month opportunity
  • Saturdays: 4PM – 9PM


We could use help with weeding, etc. in our vegetable and flower gardens.


We have an ongoing need for touch-up and refreshing of the painted surfaces in our building.

Youth Sports Clinics

You do not have to be good at sports, just enjoy the game and mentoring youth. Guiding youth in this age level, youth sport volunteers will need to be patient and have a fun motivational attitude with a basic level of skill.

Sports Coaches

Teamwork makes the dream work! Get involved with one of the Y’s most exciting and impactful programs. We rely on volunteers to coach sports leagues throughout the year. Programs include basketball, football, soccer, t-ball, cross-country, and cheerleading.

Kid Zone

Work along Y staff members in the Kid Zone. Volunteers are needed to interact with children, play games, and assist with crafts, activities, cleanup, and washing toys.

  • Monday – Friday: 4:30PM – 7:30PM
  • Saturdays: 9AM – Noon
  • Sundays: 2PM – 5PM
  • 1 person per time slot

Aquatic Observers

Teaching children how to swim and to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. Accidental drowning is the number two cause of death for youth in the United States. We’re looking for extra eyes for our lifeguards. Join the Fun in or around the pool!

  • Swim Volunteer
  • Safety Around Water Volunteer (our pool or Haithco Park)
  • Swim Lesson Assistant
  • Swim Coach Assistant


  • Evenings
  • Varied days/times are available
  • Direct people to their classes
  • Check in program participants

Wellness Floor Engagement

We’re looking for volunteers to engage with members and assist with cleaning equipment on the wellness floor.

Lobby Greeter

  • Greet members
  • Collect member information updates

Writing Notes

Write inspirational notes for kids receiving food from our Mission Nutrition program. This is an ongoing effort.

Meals served in 2018:

  • 15,774 Lunches & Suppers
  • 8,543 Snacks (new in 2018)


Sit down with Y Staff members and review our website. How user-friendly is it? Are all links working? We appreciate your suggestions.

Front Desk

  • Saturdays: 8AM – 2PM
  • Sundays: Noon – 6PM
  • 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

Mission Nutrition

  • Food Prep
  • Servers
  • Drivers
  • Produce Sorting

Produce Sorting:

  • Volunteer opportunities all Summer
  • Thursdays: 3:30PM – 6PM (sort the shipment and assist with distribution)
  • Fridays: 7:45PM – 9:30AM

Those able to pick up produce are appreciated:

  • Thursdays: 4:30PM – 6PM
  • Fridays: 8AM-9AM

Veterans Services

We’re 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.

Taking Blood Pressures

There are less places in the community where people can get their blood pressure checked. If you are trained professional who would like to spend some time in our lobby doing this – we would love to schedule a time!

Currently we do have it monthly on the first Monday, 8:30am-10:00am. It also is helpful other days and times that fit your schedule better.

Membership Ambassador

As a Membership Ambassador you will have the chance to connect with various types of people from many walks of life.

You will get opportunities to help others by answering general questions and share in genuine interactions with others. As a Membership Ambassador you provide a support to the front line staff. We couldn’t do what we do without people like you.


KidsCampUs is a collaboration between the YMCA of Saginaw, Boys & Girls Club of the Great Lakes Bay Region, and YMCA Camp Timbers.

KidsCampUs provides youth, teens, and families programming and a community focused on healthy lifestyles, sports and fitness, homework help, STEM projects, arts, and many more fun activities!

Contact them directly at:  (989) 776-6176

Saginaw County Commission on Aging

  • Kinship Care:  to provide supervision of children while parents attend support group
  • Senior Center:
    • Hospitality – Greet guests, answer questions & assist with programs at Senior Center
    • Nutrition Aide – Assist with serving and related meal service duties at center
    • Receptionist – Answer phones & provide basic information about center operations
    • Entertainment – Share a talent at the center
    • Instructor – Teach classes (such as knitting, bridge, line dancing, etc)
  • Meals on Wheels:
    • Deliver hot noon time meals (10:30am-noon) to home bound clients throughout Saginaw County.
    • Mileage reimbursement provided by the Commission on Aging

Contact:  Beverly Yanca (989) 797-7566

Apply to be a Volunteer

It’s easy to make real change in your community through VOLUNTEERISM. With the Y, you can activate your sense of social responsibility by contributing your time and talent to create a difference in the lives of your friends and neighbors — coaching a youth sports team, mentoring a teen after school, serving meals through our Mission Nutrition program, providing support for a family who needs you, and much more.

We’re always looking for volunteers to help further our cause. To apply for one of our many volunteer opportunities, send us a message via the online form and our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you with next steps.  Must be age 16+ or volunteer along-side an adult.

For more information, contact Volunteer & Communication Coordinator, Pam Aven at Pam@SaginawYMCA.org or call 989-753-7721 ext 221.

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