Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are essential to the YMCA’s cause and to our future as a vital not-for-profit committed to developing community beyond our walls. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers support programs, assist with special events, coach, serve on committees or boards, raise funds or serve to make their communities a better place to live. Please answer all questions completely. Once you complete the form, please click the submit button at the bottom.

How To Apply

Becoming a volunteer is easy! To get started, simply visit our volunteer application page to apply and follow the following steps:

  • Set a username and password.
  • Select the areas you are interested in volunteering in.
  • Select the YMCA location you are interested in volunteering in.
  • Complete the online volunteer application.
  • Your application will be directly send to the YMCA Branch/location you designated. A volunteer coordinator will personally contact you to discuss your application.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I submit my volunteer application online? Once your application has been submitted online you will receive a confirmation email. This email will state that your application has been received. Your application will be directly sent to the hiring branch. A volunteer coordinator will call you to discuss opportunities and next steps.
 In order to complete my application, do I need to create a username/password?Yes, in order to complete your application you must enter your email address and create a password in order to complete a profile.
How old do I have to be to volunteer? The minimum age to volunteer at the YMCA of San Diego County is 16 year of age. Please note that some branches offer programs for participants under 16 years of age.
What is the status of my application? In order to inquire regarding the status of your application please contact the branch you submitted your application for.
I am having problems understanding how to apply, who can I call? You may contact the Association’s volunteer department by calling 858-292-9622.
Do I get a free membership? We do not offer complementary memberships for volunteers.
How many hours do I have to volunteers? Volunteer commitments vary per location. You may wish to discuss your availability with the branch volunteer coordinator.