Thank you for your interest in volunteering or interning for the YMCA!

Volunteer / Intern

Our community is founded on the idea of supporting each other.

There are many ways you can get involved and utilize your talents with the Y. We offer internships and volunteer opportunities that can positively impact lives right in your own community.  When you volunteer or intern with the Y, you are doing more than just sharing your time and passion, you’re helping your neighbors in the community become stronger.


At the Y, your time and talent go a long way. Every hour you spend as a Y volunteer provides the caring attention a child or teen needs to grow up healthy and resilient, and supports families so they can be successful. There are opportunities every single day to give back to the Y. Find yours.

Y Volunteers Enjoy:

  • A wide variety of locations and programs to fit personal interests
  • Options for one-time, seasonal, and ongoing volunteerism
  • Making new friends, networking, and gaining experience

To get started as a Y Volunteer, please fill out our online application.

Volunteer Application



The Y offers internship opportunities in a variety of areas to help you grow professionally and personally. Our Y internships are unpaid, however, you receive a free Y adult membership for the length of your internship, options for class credit, and flexible hours and scheduling.



Each year, the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids’ Annual Campaign reached out to families both with the Y and the community to raise support for our programs.  Staff, leadership, members, small businesses, and large corporations all ensure that the impactful program work of the YMCA addresses significant needs in our communities.  Please join us as a campaign volunteer: share your Y story connect future donors to the impactful work done in our community.

Fill out our Volunteer Recruitment Tool