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Welcome To Our Table

Kids 2-18 receive a free meal Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6 p.m. at the Eastside Family Y.

The Free Weight Room at the County Y will be closed Feb. 18-22; the entire Y will be closed Feb. 20-Feb. 22 as we replace equipment and reconfigure the Wellness Center.  We will reopen at 7 a.m. on Feb. 23.

The Y is a diverse organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. Our membership is 25,000 strong and spread across Erie County with membership branches, program centers and community outreach partnerships.

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Will you help us? We are a place of possibility and promise for all.

Volunteer

The Y has a wide variety of opportunities to match your passion, skills and schedule.

Planned Giving

Your gift ensures that the YMCA will be available to all for generations to come.

Community Impact

Everything the Y does is in service of making us better.

Volunteer

Be a part of meaningful, enduring change

The Y is a volunteer- founded, volunteer-led organization. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in creating significant change right in your own neighborhood. Whether you want to help people improve their overall health, support children and youth as they grow into adults, create a welcoming environment, or simply make a difference in someone’s life, the Y has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to match your passion, skills and schedule, including coaching youth sports, participating on boards and committees, and coordinating special events.

Here are just a few of the many benefits you can receive from volunteering:

  • New skills, increased confidence and enhanced leadership skills
  • Fulfillment from knowing you are making a difference in your community
  • Valuable work experience
  • New friends from all walks of life
  • Being a part of an organization with a history of giving back to its community
  • Completing community service hour requirements

PA State Required Clearances for Volunteers

At the Y, safety is our #1 priority.  To protect our volunteers and our program participants,  the Y now requires, as mandated by Pennsylvania State Law (PA Act 153) , both the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearances and Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record checks for certain volunteer positions which require the volunteer to have regular/habitual interaction with children as well as authority on behalf of the parent.  To find out if your position will require these additional clearances, please contact your YMCA Community Involvement Coordinator.  To learn more about the process to obtain your PA State required clearances, click here.

For additional information about required clearances, click here.

YMCA Community Involvement Coordinators

Victoria Stilson – General Inquiries and Downtown Y
452-3261
[email protected]

Michele Schroeck – Glenwood Park Y
868-0867
[email protected]

Kelly Gheres – County Y
734-5700
[email protected]

Karen McLellan – Eastside Family Y
899-9622
[email protected]

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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Click the link above for ongoing volunteer opportunities, or take a look at the SPECIAL Volunteer Opportunities on the right-hand side.  Click on the link of your liking to see what’s current.

Volunteer Handbook—PDF 

Online Forms

Downloadable PDF

If you have any questions please call (814) 452-1432 or e-mail [email protected].