Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteerism at the YMCA

The YMCA values it’s history of partnering with volunteers. There are many benefits of volunteering including learning new skills, sharing your knowledge and expertise, meeting new people, finding a place to belong and making new friends all while helping your community improve it’s overall health. All volunteers receive training to ensure the safe and efficient operations in our child care, employment, camp, youth and health and fitness programs across the GTA. Volunteering is a great way to obtain your Ontario high-school credit hours, complete a student placement, try something new, make new friends or transition to a new life-stage. The YMCA has a 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.

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.

Camp Pine Crest Maintenance Support
(minimum age 16) 
YMCA Camp Pine Crest
Camp Pine Crest Kitchen Assistant
(minimum age 16) 
YMCA Camp Pine Crest
Camp Pine Crest Volunteer Nurse
(minimum age 18) 
YMCA Camp Pine Crest
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
Summer Day Camp Volunteer
(minimum age 13)
Various Day Camp Locations in the Greater Toronto Area
Summer Day Camp Aquatics Assistant
(minimum age 14)
Various Day Camp Locations in the Greater Toronto Area

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.

Assessment Monitor
(minimum age 18)
Etobicoke Albion Rd YMCA, Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA
Customer Service/Administrative Volunteer
(minimum age 15)
Etobicoke Albion Rd YMCA, Newmarket Yonge St YMCA, Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA, Scarborough Eglinton Ave YMCA, Markham 14th Ave YMCA, Richmond Hill Bayview Ave YMCA; Pickering Kingston RD YMCA
Donor Relations Assistant
(minimum age 18)
Toronto Yonge St North YMCA
Event Volunteer
(minimum age 13)
Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA, Scarborough Eglinton Ave YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA
Library Settle Program (LSP) Group Facilitator
(minimum age 18)
North York Dufferin St YMCA
NYLD Program Assistant
(minimum age 21)
Etobicoke Albion Rd YMCA
Literacy Tutor/Group Facilitator
(minimum age 18)
North York Dufferin St YMCA
Outreach Assistant
(minimum age 18)
Etobicoke Albion Rd YMCA
Job Developer Assistant
(minimum age 18)
Etobicoke Albion Rd YMCA, Pickering Kingston Rd YMCA
Resource Centre Assistant
(minimum age 15)
Scarborough Finch Ave YMCA, Pickering Kingston Rd YMCA, Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Scarborough Eglinton Ave E YMCA, Mississauga City Centre Dr. YMCA

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.

Adult Open Access Programs
(minimum age 13)
Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, 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
Individual Conditioning
(minimum age 13)
Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, 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
Adult Instructional Programs (minimum age 13) 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
CYF Aquatics Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, 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
Adult Aquatics Assistant
(minimum age 18)
Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd YMCA

Green Team
(minimum age 13)
Oshawa Mary St YMCA
Garden Volunteer
(minimum age 20)
Markham Rudy Bratty 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
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
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

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 Instructional Programs
(minimum age 13, minimum age 16 in Brampton for soccer and baseball)
Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, 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
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

Membership Services Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, 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
HF Administrative Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Oshawa Mary St YMCA
Greeter/Receptionist
(minimum age 13)
Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd 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)

Cooper Koo Cherry St Family 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


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