The YMCA has long been served by volunteers, along with staff, donors, and members, which are united by a deep commitment to strengthening our community. The Oneonta Family YMCA has been supported by many volunteers, which have logged over 4,000 hours this past year alone!  “If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” – Author Unknown

Volunteers of the Oneonta Family YMCA must be 14 years and above, be able to follow directions and be a self-starter. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.” Author Unknown

Volunteering is a good way to test out different roles to see if they are a good fit. Through volunteering you can experience things that you've never done before. It can also open up a whole new world of connections that can enable you to have a vocation that you truly love. During volunteering you can discover new frontiers you never thought possible.

Through volunteering you will build leadership skills that will also assist with increasing your self-confidence and sense of value. You will feel a sense of accomplishment you never thought possible. “Volunteers don’t get paid because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless."

Helping Hands Program


Volunteer Application