east area family YMCA volunteer opportunities

At the East Area Family YMCA, we rely on the generosity of our members and others to ensure that we can deliver on our cause of strengthening community. Our volunteers make friends and gain skills that can help them advance their careers, or just feel good about giving back. All volunteers must participate in a 30 minute orientation. For more information, please contact Kelly Carinci at 637-2025, x204.

School-Aged Childcare Volunteer

Remember those important adults in your life who took interest in you purely because you were a kid? Remember how special they made you feel? Be one of those adults now and volunteer in our SACC program. TB/physical required.

Tween Club Volunteer

Are you looking to empower youth and help them develop and grow into healthy, young adults? Volunteer with our middle school youth and show them how easy it is to have fun and be responsible at the same time.

Youth and Government Volunteer

Are you interested in politics and government? Do you want to make sure our youth continue to actively participate in our society? Volunteer with high school students in our Youth and Government program as they work to craft and argue for their own bills at the state conference in March.


Are you friendly, outgoing and willing to welcome our members with a warm smile and greeting as they enter and leave the facility? A Member Service Greeter is the volunteer position for you.

Swim Lesson Relationship Builder

Do you love to meet new people and would like to greet over 1,000 children who participate in swim lessons weekly in our Aquatics Center? Then a Swim Lesson relationship builder volunteer opportunity awaits you.

Swim Lesson Instructor Aide

Do you love the water and working with children? Experience the joy of watching a child learn to swim and volunteer with one of our instructors!

Kinder & Youth Arts Assistant

Are you creative? Do you love working with children? Then the Arts Studio is for you!Volunteer for any Kinder or Youth Art Program to assist our professional instructors in developing our students’ self-expression and encouraging exploration of the Arts.

Arts Studio Assistant

If creativity, problem solving, experimenting and organization describe your personality, then we have a volunteer position for you! We are always looking for fresh ideas to keep our Studio and Programs at the highest quality possible. Volunteers will assist in creating programs and working behind the scenes with Arts Staff in the Studio.

Senior Social Organizer

Are you a social butterfly and enjoy talking with others? Do you have a hidden talent to share? We are looking for volunteers to get involved in making a great day for our seniors at our monthly senior socials.

Y-Kids Inc. Volunteer

Our Motto- Every Kid Deserves a Y! Help us put this motto into practice by volunteering as little as one hour per week to help a child with special needs participate in their favorite YMCA activity!Make a difference.

Sports Program Assistant

Reliable mentors are very important to our youth members as they develop and grow. Choose an area of interest and participate in a youth sports program. Program volunteers may also provide assistance with the creation of teams, paperwork, phone calls, and other clerical duties associated with running numerous programs for hundreds of members.


Volunteer Coaches do not have to be professional athletes! We ask our coaches to instill in our youth members the Character Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility as we teach them new skills and how to play together as a team. Coaches have the full support of the Sports Director and will always have resources available to them for specific drills and ideas.

Family Prime Time Volunteer

Do you like working with children ages 6 weeks - 11 years old? Family Prime Time volunteers can come and snuggle with babies in the Infant Room or interact with our 2 - 5 year olds through song, dance, stories and crafts in the Club Room.

PowerZone Volunteer

Volunteers in the PowerZone interact with children 5 - 11 years old through games, crafts, and homework help.

Family Program Volunteer

A wide variety of Family programs are offered to children up to 8 years old. Classes include activities such as gym time, crafts, song, swimming, cooking and much, much more! Choose the class that sounds the most fun to you.

Family Special Event Volunteer

Volunteers for Family Events will greet families, assist with set up, run games, demonstrate and help with crafts, and a variety of other fun things! Have fun while helping our families too!

Maintenance Volunteer

Do you have the ability to fix different things? Do you like to get your hands dirty? With so many members there is always something to put back together.

Our Mission

The mission of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.