Volunteer Opportunities

Important Notice to Volunteer Applicants

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the YMCA of San Diego County. With growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are not accepting volunteer applications at this time. We are grateful for the outpouring of support many have expressed. Please check ymcasd.org/coronavirus for updates, and we hope to be able to add to our volunteer team very soon. If you have further questions please contact [email protected].

Volunteers are essential to the YMCA’s cause and to our future as a vital nonprofit 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 these steps:

  • Set a username and password.
  • Select the areas in which you are interested in volunteering.
  • Select the YMCA location at which you are interested in volunteering.
  • Complete the online volunteer application.
  • Your application will be sent directly 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. Your application will be sent directly 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 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. Please note that some branches offer programs for participants under 16 years of age.
What is the status of my application? Check on the status of your application by contacting branch to which you applied.
I am having problems understanding how to apply. Who can I call? You may call the Association’s volunteer department:  858-292-9622.
Do I get a free membership? We do not offer complimentary memberships for volunteers.
How many hours do I have to volunteer? Volunteer commitments vary per location. You may wish to discuss your availability with the branch volunteer coordinator.