Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteerism at the YMCA

The YMCA values its 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 its overall health. All volunteers receive training to ensure 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 5 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.

Family Resource Centre Volunteer
(minimum age 16)
Toronto Breadalbane St YMCA
School Age Play Partner
(minimum age 13)
Various YMCA Child Care Centres in the Halton, York, and Durham Region only
Toddler Play Partner
(minimum age 13)
Various YMCA Child Care Centres in the Halton, York, and Durham Region only
Preschool Play Partner
(minimum age 13)
Various YMCA Child Care Centres in the Halton, York, and Durham Region only
Kinder Play Partner
(minimum age 13)
Various YMCA Child Care Centres in the Halton, York, and Durham Region only

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.

YMCA Camp Pine Crest Volunteer Nurse
(minimum age 18) 
YMCA Camp Pine Crest
Classroom Assistant
(minimum age 18) 
Toronto Central Grosvenor Street YMCA
Cedar Glen Maintenance Support Volunteer
(minimum age 16) 
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
Cedar Glen Outdoor Education Volunteer
(minimum age 17)
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
Farm Support
(minimum age 18)
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
Cedar Glen Kitchen Support Volunteer
(minimum age 16)
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
Front Desk and Guest Services Volunteer
(minimum age 18)
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.

Assessment Monitor
(minimum age 18)
Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA
YJC Mentorship Guest Speaker
(minimum age 18)
Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA
Customer Service/Administrative Volunteer
(minimum age 15)
Richmond Hill Bayview Avenue YMCA, North York Dufferin Street YMCA, Newmarket Yonge St YMCA, Markham 14th Ave YMCA, Whitby Garden St YMCA, Pickering Kingston Road YMCA
Event Volunteer
(minimum age 13)
Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA (Lunar New Year Event), Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, 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 (Newcomer Youth Leadership Development)
(minimum age 21)
Brampton Union Street YMCA, Etobicoke Albion Road YMCA Centre, Toronto Central Grosvenor Street YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, East York Centre, East York Centre (Arabic Speaking), North York Dufferin St YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA (Arabic Speaking), and Mississauga City Centre Dr YMCA
NYLD Volunteer Tutor
(minimum age 19)
Brampton Union Street, North York Dufferin St YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Court, Toronto Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA (Arabic Speaking), and Mississauga City Centre Dr YMCA, Thorncliffe Jenner Jean Marie Community Centre (Arabic Speaking)
Literacy Tutor/Group Facilitator
(minimum age 18)
North York Dufferin St YMCA
Job Developer Assistant
(minimum age 18)
Etobicoke Albion Rd YMCA, Pickering Kingston Road YMCA, Whitby Garden St YMCA
Resource Centre Assistant
(minimum age 15)
Mississauga City Centre Drive YMCA, Richmond Hill Bayview Avenue (18 years old or older), North York Dufferin Street YMCA, Scarborough Eglinton Ave E YMCA, Scarborough Finch Ave YMCA, Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Whitby Garden St YMCA, Pickering Kingston Road YMCA
Newcomer Information Centre Assistant
(minimum age 18)
Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA
Volunteer Ambassador
(minimum age 18)
Etobicoke Albion Road YMCA
Youth Job Connection Mentor
(minimum age 18)
Whitby Garden St YMCA, Pickering Kingston Road 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.

Aquafit Instructor
(minimum age 16)
Cooper Koo Cherry Street Family YMCA, 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)
Brampton Union Street, 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, Toronto Central Grosvenor Street

Group Fitness Assistant Leader
(minimum age 16)
Brampton Union Street, Cooper Koo Cherry St. Family YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe
Group Fitness Leader
(minimum age 18)

**Now recruiting Barre instructors in all Health and Fitness Centres! Indicate Barre instructor on your application**

Brampton Union Street, 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
Teen Night Group Fitness Leader
(minimum age 16)
Oshawa Mary Street YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA

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
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
Adult Instructional Programs (minimum age 13) Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA
Adult Martial Arts Programs
(minimum age 13)
Brampton Union St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Road

Green Team
(minimum age 13)
Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Cooper Koo Cherry Street Family YMCA
Gardening Volunteer
(minimum age 20)
Cooper Koo Cherry Street Family YMCA
Green Roof Volunteer
(minimum age 13)
Cooper Koo Cherry Street Family YMCA, Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA
HF Maintenance Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA
Housekeeper
(minimum age 13)
Cooper Koo Cherry Street Family YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA
Laundry Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA
Locker Room Attendant
(minimum age 13)
Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St 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)
Brampton Union Street, Cooper Koo Cherry Street 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
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, Brampton Union St YMCA
CYF Open Access Programs
(minimum age 13)
Brampton Union St YMCA, Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA
Teen Council
(age range 13-18)
Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre 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)
Brampton Union St YMCA, Cooper Koo Cherry Street Family YMCA, Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre, Toronto West End College St YMCA
CYF Martial Arts Programs
(minimum age 13)
Brampton Union St YMCA, Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Road

Membership Services Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA, Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor Street YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA St YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA
HF Administrative Assistant
(minimum age 13)
Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Cooper Koo Cherry St Family YMCA
Greeter and Receptionist
(minimum age 13)
Cooper Koo Cherry St. YMCA


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