Achieve. Thrive. Connect.

Join a community of individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors. Every hour you contribute provides children and adults the support they need to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure.





Step 1 To Volunteer At The Y

Apply to be a Volunteer

  • New Volunteer Applications are reviewed every Tuesday




Step 2 To Volunteer At The Y

Once received for processing, a background check will be conducted

  • If you pass, you’ll receive an email to start references
  • If there are questions, you will receive an email with next steps




Step 3 To Volunteer At The Y

Enter references into our 3rd party reference check site, Checkster

  • Supply at least 2 professional/volunteer project references and 1 personal
  • Our team will review and approve references or reach out if there are questions




Step 4 To Volunteer At The Y

Complete onboarding/trainings

  • Trainings are required for all volunteers within the organization
  • Trainings should take no more than 2 hours of your time




Step 5 To Volunteer At The Y

Connect with your volunteer contact and schedule the first day on site!

  • Trainings must be complete prior to your first shift as a volunteer



  • Lead our Advisory Council and committees
  • Raise funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community
  • Coach our sports teams and teach many of our classes
  • Motivate and support youth in building the character strengths, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices, and the pursuit of higher education and goals 
  • Extend a hand to help adults who want to do more, be more, and live healthier 
  • Advocate for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively affect societal issues of importance to the nation, and your community
  • Participate in opportunities that give back and support their neighbors


Because of our role as an advocate for children and our responsibility for ensuring the safety and well-being of all our members, guests, volunteers, and staff, we conduct a thorough background check to the extent permitted by law. While criminal convictions are not an absolute bar to volunteering, they will be considered in relation to job placement.

YMCA volunteers are also required to complete the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties Child Abuse Prevention Training. Please contact the volunteer coordinator to review one of our training opportunities.