Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteerism at the YMCA

The YMCA offers a wide range of programs which address community needs and as a charity we rely on thousands of volunteers to help. We offer many benefits to our volunteers, including learning new skills, meeting new people and making friends while helping people improve their overall health. Volunteers are given training to ensure the safe and efficient operations in our child care, employment, camp, youth and health and fitness programs across the GTA. Whether you are looking to obtain your Ontario high-school credit hours, make new friends or transition to a new life-stage, the YMCA has variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities available.

Please be advised that due to the high volume of requests we receive for volunteer positions, it may take up to 15 business days for one of our staff to contact you after you have submitted your application. Once you are contacted, our screening process generally takes 4-6 weeks to complete.

Are you interested in a student placement?

Applicants interested in a student placement are asked to contact staff at one of our locations directly to see if there are any opportunities available. All of our program sites and locations can be found through our Find a Y page. Alternatively, applicants can complete the online application and indicate that they are interested in a post-secondary student placement.

Child Care Volunteer Opportunities:

The YMCA is a leader in play-based learning and curriculum development for children ages 18 months to 12 years of age. As such we are the leading provider of affordable, quality licensed child care, school-aged programs and family enrichment programs across the GTA.

Volunteer Position Title Location
School Age Play Partner
(minimum age 13)
Various YMCA Child Care Centres in the Greater Toronto Area
Toddler Play Partner
(minimum age 13)
Various YMCA Child Care Centres in the Greater Toronto Area
Preschool Play Partner
(minimum age 13)
Various YMCA Child Care Centres in the Greater Toronto Area
Kinder Play Partner
(minimum age 13)
Various YMCA Child Care Centres in the Greater Toronto Area

Camping and Outdoor Education Volunteer Opportunities

The YMCA Camp programs help children and youth build confidence, skills leadership and environmental awareness. The programs are offered across the GTA during summer months and school breaks, and our Outdoor Education programs are offered year-round.

Volunteer Position Title Location
Maintenance Support
(minimum age 16) 
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
Outdoor Education
(minimum age 17)
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre ONLY
Farm Support
(minimum age 18)
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre ONLY
Kitchen Support
(minimum age 16)
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre

Employment & Immigrant Services Volunteer Opportunities

Employment Services provide personalized services to help youth and adult job seekers develop their skills and find meaningful employment. A wide variety of resources and community programs are also available to qualified volunteers such as YMCA Immigrant Services, Youth Support Services and International programs. Unique and interesting volunteer opportunities are available.

Volunteer Position Title Location
Customer Service/Administrative Volunteer
(minimum age 15)
Whitby Garden St YMCA, Newmarket Yonge St YMCA, ,Etobicoke Albion Rd YMCA, Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA, Scarborough Eglinton Ave YMCA, Markham 14th Ave YMCA, Mississauga City Centre Drive YMCA, Richmond Hill Bayview Ave YMCA
CSS Administrative Support - Special Projects
(minimum age 16)
Toronto Yonge St YMCA
Event Volunteer
(minimum age 13)
Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA, Scarborough Eglinton Ave YMCA
eNIC Social Media and Outreach Assistant
(minimum age 18)
Toronto Yonge St YMCA
Job Developer Assistant
(minimum age 18)
Newmarket Yonge St YMCA, Mississauga City Centre Drive YMCA
Resource Centre Assistant
(minimum age 15)
Pickering Kingston Rd YMCA, Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Scarborough Eglinton Ave E YMCA (NEW), Whitby Garden St YMCA, North York Dufferin St., Mississauga City Centre Drive
Assessment Monitor
(minimum age 18)
Etobicoke Albion Rd YMCA
E&C Volunteer Ambassador
(minimum age 18)
Etobicoke Albion Rd YMCA
NYLD Program Assistant
(minimum age 21)
Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, North York Dufferin St YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Brampton Union St YMCA
YPALS Mentor
(minimum age 16-24)
2200 Yonge St, Toronto

Health and Fitness Volunteer Opportunities

The YMCA is committed to the holistic health of all individuals by providing a unique support network and variety of health and fitness programs for all ages and abilities. Our YMCA Health and Fitness programs go beyond what you would find at your average gym. It’s a place where you have the opportunity to participate in important community programs and make new friends at the same time.

Volunteer Position Title Location
Adult Open Access Programs
(minimum age 13)
Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA and Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
Aquafit Instructor
(minimum age 16)
Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA
Child Minding
(minimum age 13)
Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
CYF Aquatics Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
CYF Instructional Programs
(minimum age 13, minimum age 16 in Brampton for soccer and baseball)
Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA, Brampton Union St YMCA
CYF Open Access Programs
(minimum age 13)
Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA, Brampton Union St YMCA
Green Team
(minimum age 13)
Oshawa Mary St YMCA
Group Fitness Assistant Leader
(minimum age 16)
Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA
Group Fitness Leader
(minimum age 18)

for Yoga and Pilates (Oshawa); Arriba and Barre (Toronto West End College St YMCA)

Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
HF Maintenance Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
Housekeeper
(minimum age 13)
Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
Individual Conditioning
(minimum age 13)
Brampton Union St YMCA, Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
Laundry Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA and Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
Locker Room Attendant
(minimum age 13)
Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
Locker Room Assistant - Women's Plus
(minimum age 25 in North York and 16 in Scarborough)
Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA
Membership Services Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
Teen Council
(age range 13-18)
Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Brampton Union St YMCA
Teen Night
(minimum age 13)
Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Brampton Union St YMCA
Locker Room Assistant - Men’s Plus
(minimum age 25 in North York and 16 in Scarborough)
Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA and Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA
Adult Aquatics Assistant
(minimum age 18)
Toronto West End College St YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
HF Administrative Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Oshawa Mary St YMCA
Adult Instructional Programs (minimum age 13) Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA
Greeter/Receptionist (minimum age 13) Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA