MAKE A DIFFERENCE
From helping with special events, working with children, coaching or mentoring, custodial work, special projects and so much more, your skills and interests will make a difference here. 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.
Want to find out more about becoming a YMCA Volunteer? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood! Ways you can help:
- Child Watch (drop-in childcare)
- Preschool programs
- Youth sports – programs for youth ages 2-15
- Elementary-age after school programs
- Kids Night at the Y – one night a month – FUN times with kids!
- Middle school programs
- Teen events with high school students – organize and/or chaperone
- Swim lessons and programs
- Summer camps and programs
- Healthy Kids Day – February
- Daddy Daughter Dance – February
- Y Kids Tri – June
- Floating Pumpkin Patch – October
- Zombie 5K – October
- Jingle Bell Run/Walk – December
- Family Events (ask for information on upcoming family events)
- Fundraising campaigns and events
- Board of directors & committee involvement
- Flyer distribution & mailing preparation
- Spanish translation for publications
- Landscaping & custodial
All Northfield Area Family YMCA volunteers working in programs or services must complete a criminal background check.
At the Y, volunteers play such a key role by supporting the vital programs and services we provide to individuals and families. We see firsthand how giving back impacts not only the community, but the volunteer involved. The Y offers individuals and families opportunities to volunteer in ways that let you connect and develop meaningful relationships, all while making an impact in our community. How much time you give is entirely up to you.
What can you offer? You might be surprised where you can make an impact. Policy volunteers worked for over 9 years to build the new Y’s facility and every day, volunteers take part in programs ranging from recreation to healthy living and special events.
June 2017 – Y Kids Tri Volunteers
This event is amazing and the volunteers agreed that each year there is at least one kid that inspires you and makes all the work worthwhile. It could be watching your own child run across the finish line or one that you don’t know that is determined to finish what they started.
May 2017 – Chris Kennelly
Chris was Chair of the Y Board the last two years and continues to provide excellent guidance and support to our YMCA.
April 2017 – Kenyon Nystrom
Kenyon volunteers for all the right reasons and we couldn’t be more proud to add him to our YMCA team.
March 2017 – Chad Kageyama
Chad has a terrific history of service. He’s volunteered at Greenvale Elementary School, Emmaus Church and the Library. We’re proud to have him share his talent and time with us at the Y too.
February 2017 – Annalee Olson-Sola
Annalee has been a member at the YMCA, and found it to be a very open and caring community. Her volunteer experience has been very organized and well run which she appreciates. She spends most of her volunteering hours in the child watch because she really enjoys working and playing with kids any age. The Y is very […]
January 2017 – Monique Theberath
Monique moved from São Paulo, Brazil three years ago and the YMCA has been a place where she would spend time, either exercising or swimming. It was where she would spend leisure time and distress from school and work. She is a Northfield High School senior and we are more than proud to call a […]
December 2016 – Kate Bornhauser
Kate Bornhauser said volunteering at the Y has been something she’s always wanted to do since the Y opened our doors in August of 2014. Today she’s volunteering and we could not be more excited about her contribution to the families in our community.
November 2016 – Janine Nelson
Janine enjoys the exercise classes and pool at the YMCA, and also supports the Y’s commitment to building community in Northfield. When she was asked to help lead a new YMCA program that encourages volunteerism, she jumped right in.
October 2016 – Daniel Glampe
Daniel thinks it is an awesome feeling to have known that my work helped someone’s life get easier or better. Learn more about Daniel and his wonderful volunteer work.
September 2016 – Anders Koenig
Anders volunteers at the YMCA because he thought it would be a good opportunity to help people out with his service learning class and the Y was a great place to do it. We are very excited to have Anders support our community through Y volunteering.
August 2016 – Gabe Thompson
Gabe has lived in Northfield all my life. He’s 12 years old and going into 7th grade. He likes helping people, and really enjoy working with kids. He likes to stay active, so volunteering at the YMCA provides him a great opportunity to support others. We are lucky to have him!3232
July 2016 – Wyatt Grosse
The Y is very proud to announce our July Volunteer of the Month – Wyatt Grosse! As an introvert who had recently moved to Northfield Wyatt decided he needed to branch out and felt like the Y was an organization with values that matched his own. He was right and we couldn’t be more excited […]
June 2016 – Leah Brieger & Michelle Jancaric
St. Olaf College students Leah and Michelle have made a tremendous impact on the kids at the Y. Volunteers make the world go around!
May 2016 – Brooke Askeland
The Y is very pleased to announce our May, 2016 Volunteer of the Month, Brooke Askeland. Brooke has been a wonderful ray of sunshine at the Y and we couldn’t be more pleased that she spends her volunteer time at our Y. 36
April 2106 – Hilary Alweis
Hilary loves the Northfield Community and was looking for a way to help out and get more involved. She’s been a terrific asset to the Y and our participants.
March 2016 – Michelle Bornick
The YMCA is very proud to announce our March Volunteer of the Month, Michelle Bornick. She served our country for over 20 years and upon retirement, she decided to shift and serve her community.
Feb 2016 – Emma Iverson
Emma is an amazing help at the Y. He’s very interactive with the kids and constantly takes initiative. Thank you Emma!
Jan 2016 – Alex Fitzgerald & Tyler Bleckwehl
YMCA January Volunteers of the Month are Alex Fitzgerald and Tyler Bleckwehl. These two have been a dynamic duo at the Y.
Dec 2015 – Erin Runnigan
Erin has been a volunteer at the Y for over a year. Even though she has a busy schedule, she cheerfully donates her time and talents to help others and the Y mission. You can find Erin playing games with children during Kids Night Out or distributing program flyers throughout downtown Northfield. Recently, she took […]
Nov 2015 – Anne Lehmkuhl
Anne has created an amazing volleyball program for young girls in our community. She teaches in a way that is inviting to newcomers yet challenging for those who have been in the program several years.
Oct 2015 – Cole Glassing
Cole has given his time and talents in a variety of tasks and events at the Y including Healthy Kids Day, Flyer Distribution, Inventory Sorter and Volunteer Coach for Wee Track and Gaga Ball. Cole has been a rock star volunteer and we are pleased that he will serve as a new Y Youth Board […]
Sept 2015 – Jacob Kluzak
When Jacob isn’t playing hockey, lacrosse, football or hunting and fishing, he’s volunteering in the Y’s Preschoolers in the Park program (this past summer) or in our youth flag football program! Thank you to Jacob for mentoring others and having fun while doing it!
Aug 2015 – Audrey Green
Audrey volunteers in Child Watch area every week and has been a great help in so many ways. She has been great with the babies and can always find a way to make a fussy baby smile.
July 2015 – Ben Lucas
Ben Lucas has been a great help at the Y and has a fantastic attitude. He is a leader of many people young and old, he is a fun person, and great with kids.
June 2015 – Carmen Petricka
Carmen has been an amazing volunteer to have at the YMCA! She has such a great attitude and is always willing to lend a hand. Her positive outlook and friendly personality has made it a joy to have her helping us in Child Watch.
May 2015 – Ben Ertl
Ben has been a great addition to the Y family. Ben started working at the Y last summer with our Y Navigators summer camp and sports programs. He was a great mentor to the kids and was always there to lend a hand.
April 2015 – Megan Fellows
Megan joined the Y, volunteering in indoor soccer and Healthy Kids Day. She’s been a great addition to the support of our community.
March 2015 – Susan Bauer
“Susan has generously lent her skill and knowledge of movement in the Pre-K Music & Movement class where the kids had fun dancing and singing. She continues to be a great and appreciated member of our volunteer team!” –Dessa Staats, YMCA Staff
February 2015 – Ella Stomme
February Volunteer of the Month Ella Stromme began volunteering last Fall in our basketball programs. Since then she has been a valuable part of our volunteer team by helping out at special Y events such as Jingle Bell Run and Daddy Daughter Dance and distributing program flyers to local businesses. You can say hi to her next […]
January 2015 – Grace Maniglia
January Volunteer of the Month Grace Maniglia volunteered at the Y 2-3 times a week from Thanksgiving to Christmas. She jumped right in and got involved with the kids, helped them choose new activities, played games and led crafts. Grace was very professional and did a great job. Why did you decide to volunteer at the YMCA? I initially volunteered […]
December 2014 – Josey Fog
December Volunteer of the Month Josey Fog has been volunteering at the YMCA since last spring. He helps out in our youth sports programs and at special events like Sports Galore and the Y Kids Tri. He also volunteers with special project needs like sports equipment assembly. Josey can be counted on for his positive attitude while […]
November 2014 – Taylor Dougherty and Mikayla Yetzer
Taylor and Mikayla have been volunteering in our Child Watch program since mid-September. They come twice a week and help staff with various projects, not just with the kids! Taylor and Mikayla have stepped up to prep materials for youth programs, preschool classes and Kids Night Out. They’ve pumped up and cleaned basketballs, organized storage […]
October 2014 – Kitty Runzheimer
Meet Kitty Runzheimer With a background in Health and Wellness, Kitty worked for more than 20 years as a Personal Trainer at the Ridgedale YMCA and in Program Development for the Minneapolis Metro YMCA system. She was a National YMCA Trainer in the Y’s “Way to a Healthy Back” and “Active Older Adult Land and […]