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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.

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Donations support the Erie City Mission through Nov. 1

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

There is no other volunteer organization quite like the Y. Each of our volunteers helps move people and communities forward, delivering the benefits of good health, strong connections, greater self-confidence and a sense of security to all who seek it. Review our handbook for all our regular volunteer opportunities. 

Special Volunteer Opportunities

Seasonal, date-specific events are in need of volunteers, will be shown below when available. 

Volunteering is more than just sharing your time and passion, it’s about the satisfaction of knowing you are helping people become stronger, giving back to your community and gaining valuable work experience that will enhance your career opportunities.

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

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.

Contacts

YMCA Community Involvement Coordinators

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

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

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

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

Annual Campaign

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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.