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Groups or Individuals Looking for One-Time Volunteer Opportunities

At the Y, we are pleased to offer one-time opportunities for individuals or groups to do volunteer work together.  Whether you are an individual or a group of co-workers, friends or service club, we have something for you! 

To see a list of our One-Time Volunteer Opportunities, click here.   To sign-up for one of our one-time events, click on our Register for Programs tab at the top of this page or call 218.722.4745 x159 or email   


Volunteer Opportunities with Youth

Volunteer Opportunities with our School Age Child Care Programs: KEY Zone & Eagle’s Nest
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work closely with a diverse group of students in our school-age child care program.  Volunteers serve as role models and extra support for the students and staff working on academics and engagement in program activities and clubs.  Ages of youth served: grades K-5.  Minimum age to volunteer is 16.  The school year program runs September through early June. 
Specific Programs: There are four different OST programs: KEY Zone (working with youth in grades K-5 in Duluth Public Schools and at the YMCA), Eagle’s Nest Community Learning Center (working with youth in grades K-8 in the Edison Charter Schools).
Commitment: Must be able to make a commitment to the program for 10 weeks for a minimum of one day per week.
Days & Times: Volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday between 2:00pm-6:00pm

Volunteers Needed for the Afterschool Programs in Local Community Centers
We’re looking for volunteers to help with mentoring youth, being a positive role model, keeping youth engaged in activities and homework time.  Volunteers would have the opportunity to work closely with a diverse group of at-risk students in a drop-in afterschool program.    Ages of youth served: 5-16.  Minimum age to volunteer is 18. 
Program Sites: We have two locations: Harbor Highlands Community Center located in Central Duluth and the Gary New Duluth (GND) Rec Center located in Gary New Duluth.
Commitment: Minimum of one hour per week

Dates:  Volunteer opportunities available September through early June
Days & Times: Volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30pm at Harbor Highlands and 2:15-5:30pm at the GND Rec Center.

Outdoor Nature Club
The Nature Club is an after school club for kids from 2nd-5th grade at a few different Duluth schools. The program runs from 2:30p-4:30pm and is nature-based.  The majority of the time is spent outside.
Days and Times: Volunteer opportunities are available Monday-Friday from 2:30-4:30pm
Commitment: Flexible…we are open to having people help one time or on a weekly basis.

Kid’s Club Assistant
Kid’s Club is a supervised play area for kids ages four months to nine years.  Volunteers are needed to make sure kids are having fun and staying safe.  Duties can include things like reading books to kids, holding babies, helping with art projects & doing activities with young children.  A great opportunity for someone who really loves getting down on the floor and playing with kids!  This position requires individuals to be outgoing, energetic and willing to engage kids ages four months to nine years.  Minimum age to volunteer is 12 years.
Program Sites: Downtown YMCA and the Y at the Essentia Wellness Center in Hermantown
Days & Times: Hours available Monday-Thursday 8:45am-1:45 and 4:00-7:30pm, Friday 8:45am-1:45pm, Saturday 8:45am-12:00pm and Sunday 12:00-3:00pm
Commitment: Minimum of one hour per week for 3 months

Swim Instructor Aide
No teaching experience necessary!  If you can blow bubbles and have a passion for working with kids, we can teach you the rest.  Volunteers are needed to help swim instructors with swim lessons. Minimum age to volunteer is 14.  Volunteers just need to be able to swim and enjoy interacting with children.
Program Site: Downtown YMCA Pool | 302 W 1st Street  
Days & Times: Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 5:15-7:15pm or 5:45-7:15pm. 
Commitment: We ask that volunteers commit to a specific time and day for the entire six-week session

Adaptive Swimming through Courage Kenny Northland
Help youth with disabilities learn an important life skill, gain confidence, and discover how fun swimming can be. Volunteers assist youth in swim lessons led by a certified YMCA swimming instructor. No experience needed, however you should be a confident swimmer and enjoy working with children. Volunteers are given a tech t-shirt to wear while volunteering.  Minimum age to volunteer is 16.  This volunteer opportunity is through Courage Kenny Northland. If you would like to sign-up, please contact Elizabeth Albrecht at 726-4834 or   
Location: Downtown YMCA | 302 W 1st Street in Downtown Duluth Aquatic Facility
Days & Times: Wednesdays from 5-5:30pm
Dates: October 23-December 11

To Apply: Click here to download our volunteer application.  Return instructions can be found on the front of the application.


Customer Service/Miscellaneous Volunteer Opportunities

We’re looking for either an amateur or professional photographer to take and edit pictures of our programs and events.  This opportunity has flexible hours.  A great opportunity to utilize your talents and give back to the Y.

Communications Assistant
Join our Marketing Team!  We’re looking for people to help with a variety of tasks: Event planning, social media management and graphic design work if one possesses such skills.  This opportunity has flexible hours and a lot of work can be done at home.    

Assistant to the Administrative Assistant
Join us in the Administrative Offices to assist with various organizational projects such as assembling packets, data entry, making copies, filing and more. 
Days & Times: Flexible (opportunities available weekdays between 9am-5pm)

Greeter at the Member Service Desk
If you know what great customer service looks and feels like, this is the volunteer opportunity for you!  Greeters are responsible for providing a high level of customer service.  Responsibilities include greeting members, checking them into the Y, handing out towels and equipment.  Minimum age to volunteer is 18.  Must have some computer skills and able to provide excellent customer service.
Location/Program Site: Downtown YMCA 
Days & Times: This opportunity has flexible hours

Custodial Volunteer
You can make a big difference at the Y!  You will help our staff interact with members and provide a safe and clean facility for all.  Duties include assisting our custodial team with cleanliness in our Wellness Center and other program spaces, while creating a positive environment of friendliness.  Minimum age to volunteer is 12.    
Location/Program Sites: Downtown YMCA or the Y at the Essentia Wellness Center
Days & Times: This opportunity has flexible hours and can be done whenever the Y is open.

Click here for our Volunteer Application!


Sports and Rec Volunteer Opportunities

Scorekeeper for Men’s Basketball League (available fall-spring)
A great opportunity to get up close to the game!  We’re looking for help with scorekeeping for our 4 on 4 men’s basketball league.  Lots of exciting basketball action!  No experience necessary.  Minimum age to volunteer is 16.
Location/Program Site: Downtown YMCA | 302 W 1st Street 
Days & Times: Shifts available Mondays between 5:30-9:45pm

Youth Sports Volunteer Coach
Youth Sports at the Y are game-based programs that teach children (ages 4-18 years) the fundamentals and rules of an individual sport. The Y also incorporates character development into the program for each sport. Sport schedules rotate throughout the year and include sessions for the Miracle League Adaptive Baseball Program and Swim Team.

Click here for our Volunteer Application!

TOGETHERHOOD (The Y's Volunteer Group)

Click here to see a list of our upcoming projects.

TOGETHERHOO is a member-led community service program that invites Y members to lead and participate in volunteer service projects that benefit the community where they live.  It is designed to be a simple, fun and rewarding way for members to identify ways they can give back and support their neighbors through their own ideas, skills and energy, and the network of the Y.


• Become a Committee Member-Are you looking to make a difference in your community and have ideas for service projects?  Commit to attend monthly meetings, share ideas for community service projects, help plan at least four service projects in a year, recruit volunteers.

• Be a Project Volunteer-Have you been looking for an easy way to give back to your community?  Become a project volunteer!  All you have to do is show up and give a little bit of your time and effort.  

• Become a Committee Chair-Would you like to lead a committee that is driving change in your community?  Commit to plan, attend and lead monthly meetings; recruit and orient committee members.  With Committee support, develop a calendar of projects that engage Y members.

 Partner Organization or Group-Do you have a project that could use Togetherhood volunteers?  Do you have something that a group of Y members and community participants could help with?  Become a partner with us and present at a Togetherhood meeting.

To get involved, contact Gina at or call 218-722-4745 x159