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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! 

Click here  to see a list of the one-time events you can volunteer for.


Volunteer Opportunities with Youth

Start Date: Flexible

Kid’s Club Assistant

The Kid’s Club is a supervised play area for kids ages four months to nine years.  Volunteer duties include: Assist Kid’s Club staff in providing a safe, structured and nurturing learning environment for each child; assist in planning and preparation of activities; supervising and interacting with children in activities.  Minimum age to volunteer is 13 years.
Program Site: Downtown Branch | 302 W 1st Street in Downtown Duluth
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


Outdoor Nature Club

The Nature Club is an after school club for kids from 2nd-5th grade at a few different Duluth schools. Mondays are at Homecroft Elementary, Tuesdays at Congdon Elementary, Wednesdays at Piedmont Elementary, Thursdays at Congdon again, and Fridays at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. 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.


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) and Marshall After School Program (working with youth in grades 4-6 in Marshall School)
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 from 2:00pm-6:00pm


Volunteers Needed for Drop-In After-School 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 after school program.    Ages of youth served: 7-16.  Minimum age to volunteer is 18.  Program Site: Gary Rec Center located in Gary New Duluth.
Commitment: Minimum of one hour per week for 10 weeks
Dates:  Volunteer opportunities available September through early June
Days & Times: Volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday from 2:00-5:30pm at the Gary Rec Center.


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: Duluth YMCA Pool | 302 W 1st Street in Downtown Duluth
Days & Times: Lessons available mornings and evenings.
Commitment: We ask that volunteers commit to a specific time and day for the entire seven 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 Branch | 302 W 1st Street in Downtown Duluth │ Aquatic Facility
Dates: March 27-May 8
Days & Times: Wednesdays from 5-6pm


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

Start Date: Flexible

Scorekeeper for Men’s Basketball League

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 Branch | 302 W 1st Street in Downtown Duluth
Days & Times: Shifts available Mondays between 5:30-9:45pm


Greeter at the Member Service Desk

Individual is responsible for providing a high level of customer service.  Responsibilities include greeting members, checking them into the Y, validating parking, handing out towels and equipment.  Minimum age to volunteer is 18.  Must have some computer skills and able to provide excellent customer service.
1. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
2. Basic knowledge of computers.
3. Previous Customer Service experience helpful.
Location/Program Site: Downtown Branch | 302 W 1st Street in Downtown Duluth
Days & Times: Hours available Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturdays 9:00am-4:00pm and Sundays 9:00am-4:00pm
Commitment: Minimum of two hours per week



We’re looking for either an amateur or professional photographer to take and edit pictures of our programs and events.  This opportunity is extremely flexible and can be done on your own time.  A great opportunity to utilize your talents and give back to the Y.


Assistant to the Administrative Assistant

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


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 Site: Downtown Branch | 302 W 1st Street in Downtown Duluth
Days & Times: Flexible



Start Date: flexible

TOGETHERHOOD™ 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.  To see a list of our upcoming projects, Click here

• 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