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Do Something Good: Volunteer!

In Marquette County, more than 530 business leaders, community advocates, parents, teens and individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors volunteer at the Y. That’s because 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.

YMCAs are first and foremost volunteer organizations. To put it in perspective, not every YMCA has a building, but every YMCA has volunteers. All 2,663 YMCAs are volunteer-founded, volunteer-based, and volunteer-led. Local volunteers establish YMCAs-not the YMCA of the USA-and local volunteers run YMCAs, continually ensuring that YMCAs are meeting the unique needs of their communities. Volunteers are at the heart of every YMCA and that is why YMCAs are at the heart of community life in more than 10,000 communities nationwide. From helping Civil War troops more than a century ago to international disaster relief efforts today, YMCAs are one of the nation’s leading volunteer organizations.

As a YMCA volunteer, you can lead an exercise class, read to a preschool class, coach a basketball team, cook for a bake sale, design a program brochure, greet people at the front desk, find items for an auction, serve as a role model for young people, help out in the office or at a special event, or be part of a group or committee working on a neighborhood problem. No matter how you help, you’ll make a big difference as you work with others to create a feeling of connectedness in your community.

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. Take an active role in strengthening your community.