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 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 To Volunteer At The Y

Complete onboarding/trainings

  • A 30 minute online Child Abuse Prevention training is required for all volunteers
  • Additional training may be required for your role




Step 5 To Volunteer At The Y

Get Started!

  • All steps must be complete before you can be placed as a volunteer
  • We will connect you to your supervisor and schedule your first day



  • 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.