Does a person have to be a member before they can volunteer?
While our focus is to promote and encourage volunteerism through our membership base, we welcome and encourage YMCA members and non-members to get connected to their community through volunteering. If a volunteer is a non-member and therefore does not have membership privileges, access to the facility will need to be arranged with the centre.
How do I apply to be a volunteer?
All potential volunteers will be asked to complete an Application Form. The application form will then be reviewed by the Program Director to determine what roles are suitable and available.
To contact the Program Director, please contact Kim Dowse, either by e-mail Kim_Dowse@ymca.ca or by phone (902) 543-9622.
Do I need references?
On the application form, you will be asked to identify two references. Volunteers that commit to 10 hours or more for the year (formal volunteers) will be asked to obtain a Criminal Reference Check issued within 30 days of the start of a volunteer placement. References will be checked as part of the interview process.
What kinds of volunteer jobs are available?
There are numerous volunteer positions available at YMCA Lunenburg County such as ongoing volunteer opportunities and one-time event opportunities. Volunteering is about sharing your skills with others and learning new ones!
Is there a deadline for applying to be a volunteer?
A majority of the volunteer positions are ongoing and as a result YMCA Lunenburg County always accepts volunteer applications. We commit to getting back to you within one week from your application submission to discuss specific roles in more detail. For event volunteers there may be deadlines for applications that coincide with the timing of the event.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
With a focus on youth leadership, individuals can volunteer at YMCA Lunenburg County starting at the age of 12. Parental consent will be required for all volunteers under the age of 18. A minimum age of 18 is required for Wellness Leader volunteers.
Is there a dress code for volunteering?
All volunteers will be asked to maintain a professional image at all times when volunteering at the YMCA. There are several roles in program that are required to wear a YMCA uniform. Appropriate uniform requirements (usually in the form of a shirt) will be discussed with you.