From A Campaigner
In 2016 I was approached by YMCA staff personnel and asked if I would help raise funds for the Annual Support Campaign by volunteering my time. At first, my thoughts were oh no, not me, no way! I must tell you the person that approached me was very persuasive and before I knew it, I had agreed to help. I chose the "face to face" method. For me, approaching family, friends, and strangers for monetary donations was totally out of my norm and at first I was very uncomfortable but before I realized it I was finding it quite easy and met some wonderful people who were more than willing to help. Now, I reap the rewards of knowing that I took part in something that made such a difference in the lives of so many unfortunate individuals, that otherwise wouldn't be able to enjoy the amazing YMCA facilities today. So, if you are ever asked to participate in this endeavor, I encourage you to challenge yourself and just say "YES." You won't regret it!
"Volunteers are not unpaid because they are worthless, but because they are priceless."- Erma Bombeck
From Your CEO
On behalf of the Garden City Family YMCA, I would like to welcome you to our 'family'. If you are thinking about volunteering for the YMCA, please stop by and visit with me. We strive to serve the community to the fullest with programs for people of all ages and most importantly, give everyone a chance to improve themselves in spirit, mind and body.
We are a membership and program-driven organization and feel we offer the most unique youth and family opportunities in Garden City. We rely heavily on volunteers to drive our programs. As a YMCA volunteer, you can coach in our sports department and serve as a role model for young people, help out with fundraising as a Campaigner or be a part of a committee or the Board of Directors to set policies. No matter how you help, you’ll make a big difference as you join other members and create a feeling of ownership to your YMCA.
The YMCA is volunteer-led and volunteer-founded. We are blessed our founding fathers; Carlos Spikes, Clifford Mayo and Bryce Roderick had the foresight to start our YMCA. Hopefully, you will get the chance to come by and help. Don’t wait, "Do Something Good" today by sharing your skills and enthusiasm with others as a YMCA volunteer.
- Chad Knight
Volunteerism is the practice of people working on behalf of others for a particular cause without payment for their time and services. There are three major benefits of volunteering: Economic, Social, & Individual Career.
- 51% of Americans volunteer their time
- Over 1,000 community members are already enjoying the benefits of volunteering
- Volunteering benefits your health? It’s true, volunteering provides a sense of well-being and positive social interaction. It just makes you feel good!
- When you volunteer you also learn new skills!
- Volunteering gives you a chance to meet new friends!
Ways to Volunteer
Youth Sports Coach
Be a 'life leader' and role model for young children. Share your talents coaching in one of our many sports and leagues. Don't know anything? We can help!
Share your talents to keep our YMCA beautiful inside and out as a 'tool timer'.
Help change a teen's life by helping out with teen nights as a 'teen leader'.
Board of Directors
Help enhance our goals, programs, facility development and set policies as a 'leader in action'.
Help be a 'friend of the YMCA' as a Campaigner in our Annual Support Campaign to raise funds for financial assistance.
Serve as a timer, work in the concession stand, or run the bullpen in one of our three annual swim meets. Be a 'aqual helper'.
Help with our Corporate Cup Challenge, Racquetball tournaments, or our road races in our fitness department. Be a 'fitness partner'.
Serve on one of our standing committees or special ad-hoc committees. These committees do the research for our board and are considered the 'guts of the YMCA'.
This list is not exclusive! Please contact Chad Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org or (620) 275-1199 to see how you can help today!