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


Apply to be a Volunteer

New Volunteer applications are reviewed every Tuesday.


Step 2

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


Enter references into our third-party reference check site, Outmatch

Supply at least one related reference and two professional references.

Our team will review and approve references or reach out if there are questions.

Step 4


Complete onboarding/trainings

A 30 minute online Child Abuse Prevention training is required for all volunteers.

Additional training may be required for your role.

Sign (electronic or traditional) and return the Abuse Prevention Code of Conduct form.

Step 5


Get Oriented and Get Started!

All above steps much be complete before you can be placed as a volunteer.
You are encouraged to attend a volunteer orientation.

We will connect you to your supervisor who will schedule your first day.

How Our Volunteers Make An Impact


  • 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 support 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.