BUILD SOMETHING GOOD TODAY
Across the United States, more than 500,000 business leaders, community advocates, parents, teens and individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors volunteer at the Y. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods nationwide we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive, personal and social change.
With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
Volunteers of the Y:
- Lead our Boards of Directors and committees
- Raise funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community
- Coach our sports teams
- 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 or live healthier
- Advocate for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation, and your community
- Participate in opportunities to give back and support neighbors
The Y is a nonprofit like no other. Take an active role in strengthening your community.
To help ensure the safety of everyone in our programs, the YMCA has several state-mandated and YMCA policy requirements that volunteers are required to fulfill:
- Volunteers who help out with one-time events such as 5K races or triathlons, swim meets, etc. are required to complete our One Time / Non-Youth Volunteer Form; please make sure to submit the completed form in its entirety (front and back) to your YMCA contact before you volunteer.
- Volunteers who help out with multiple events, on a consistent basis, or in a capacity working directly with any of our youth, wellness, or senior programs are required to complete our Volunteer Packet; submit PA State Police, PA Child Abuse, and FBI clearances from within the past six months; and complete two abuse prevention and reporting trainings detailed below. Please also review our Volunteer Handbook prior to volunteering so you can discuss any questions or concerns with your volunteer supervisor; you will need to sign and turn in the acknowledgment page.
- Volunteers who are interested in serving on a branch advisory committee or association-wide board should contact the appropriate director to learn more about the requirements:
- Association-Wide Corporate Board: Development Director, Theresa Mast [email protected]
- Bellefonte Branch: Branch Director, Shawn Thompson [email protected]
- Moshannon Valley Branch: Branch Director, Mel Curtis [email protected]
- Penns Valley Program Center: Program Center Director, Liz Toukonen [email protected]
- State College Branch: Director of Community Outreach, Jamie SanFilippo [email protected]
To learn more about how to obtain your clearances for free as a volunteer, please read over our Volunteer Clearance Instructions. If you have been a Pennsylvania for the past ten years or more consecutively, you are exempt from the FBI clearance requirement as long as you submit an affidavit.
Within 30 days of beginning to volunteer, you are expected to have completed a Mandated Reporter Training and at least registered for a Stewards of Children training. The Mandated Reporter Training goes over your legal obligations to report suspected child abuse. The University of Pittsburgh offers a free online course; please provide me a copy of your certificate when you have completed it: www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu. We do not accept the Penn State equivalent for this requirement because it focuses more on their internal reporting process.
The Stewards of Children Training discusses how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Training dates and online training information are available on our website: http://www.ymcaofcentrecounty.org/programs/social-responsibility/stewards-of-children/. You will e-mail Jamie SanFilippo, Director of Community Outreach, to register for an upcoming training: [email protected]