YMCA of San Joaquin County


YMCA of San Joaquin County Volunteer Opportunities

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Discover a Variety of Volunteer Opportunities

At the YMCA of San Joaquin County, there's a volunteer role for every talent, interest, and schedule. Our volunteer opportunities are designed to empower you to use your strengths to make an impact on our community.

Whether you're looking to coach a sports team, help at a one-time event, support our outreach initiatives, or join our Teen Leadership Collaborative (TLC) program, we have a place for you!

Our Commitment to You

At the YMCA of San Joaquin County, we take pride in not only serving our community but also in fostering the growth and development of the people who make our work possible. Our volunteers are invaluable to us, and we recognize the skills, effort, and dedication they bring to our programs.

We understand the importance of supporting your future endeavors, whether they are educational or professional. To that end, the YMCA is committed to acting as a reference for our volunteers and providing letters of recommendation upon request. We want to acknowledge your contributions and help you advance in your career and life goals by affirming the valuable experience and skills you've gained while volunteering with us.

Your success is our success, and we are here to support you in any way we can. By volunteering with the YMCA, you're not just giving back to the community—you're also building a foundation for your future.

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As a coach, you determine the kind of experience our athletes have with sports. We expect you to be a Double-Goal Coach, who strives to win (one goal), while pursuing the more-important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. To these ends, your responsibility is to provide leadership as a coach and serve as a positive role model for our athletes by promoting the YMCA goals of skill development, effort, participation, fun, teamwork, respect, encouragement, family involvement, and fitness.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Must have an interest in working with young people.

  • Must have basic knowlege and be willing to learn more about the sport being coached.

Primary Responsibilities

Skill Development: Develop practice plans with age and skill appropriate drills that emphasize fun and the fundamentals of the sport.

Effort: Teach players the "ELM Tree of Mastery" (Effort, Learning, and bouncing back from Mistakes). Reward effort, not just outcomes. Recognize players even for "unsuccessful" effort. Encourage players to set "effort goals" tied to how hard they try.

Participation: Give equal attention to all players, regardless of their skill level. During practices, make sure that all of the players are involved. Create drills that encourage active participation rather than several kids looking on while one or two players practice a skill. For games, make out your roster well ahead of the scheduled start time. Be diligent in allocating equal playing time. Give some consideration as to how and when you will substitute players into the game or move them to different positions.

Fun: While discipline and focus are important traits to instill in children, sports should not feel like a chore. After all, sports are games and the point of a game is to have fun. Willing is less important than giving players a love of the game.

Want to learn more about our sports programs?

Click here to go to our youth sports page

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As a Community Outreach Volunteer with the YMCA of San Joaquin County, you play a crucial role in connecting our mission with the community. We envision you as a Community Connector, who not only supports our initiatives (one goal) but also emphasizes the invaluable lesson of civic responsibility through active involvement. Your commitment is pivotal in leading by example and serving as an inspiring figure for both participants and the broader community, championing the YMCA's core values of inclusion, service, and community betterment.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Must possess a genuine interest in community service and outreach.

  • Should have a compassionate understanding of community needs and a desire to meet them.

  • Willingness to work collaboratively with staff, other volunteers, and community members.

Primary Responsibilities

Community Engagement: Actively participate in and promote YMCA's various community outreach programs, aiming to address local needs and challenges. Engage with community members to foster a spirit of unity and collective action.

Service and Support: Provide hands-on support in organizing and executing outreach events such as food drives, health screenings, and educational workshops. Ensure these initiatives are accessible and inclusive, reaching out to diverse segments of our community.

Advocacy and Awareness: Serve as an ambassador for the YMCA's mission outside the walls of our facilities. Raise awareness about our efforts to tackle critical social issues and how others can contribute or benefit from these endeavors.

Collaboration and Teamwork: Work closely with YMCA staff and other volunteers to plan, coordinate, and evaluate outreach activities. Share insights and feedback to enhance the effectiveness of our community service efforts.

Inspiration and Leadership: Lead by example, showing what it means to be a committed and caring community member. Inspire others to get involved, highlighting the impact of collective efforts on individual lives and community well-being.

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Our Teen Leadership Collaborative (TLC) program is designed for young individuals seeking to make a difference in their community while developing essential leadership and organizational skills. As a participant, you'll embark on a journey of growth, service, and engagement, contributing to meaningful projects and events that leave a lasting impact.

Why Join TLC?

  • Leadership Growth: Sharpen vital leadership and organizational skills in real-world settings.

  • Community Impact: Make meaningful contributions to your community through service and engagement.

  • Event Management Experience: Gain practical experience in planning and executing events.

  • Recognition: Eligibility for Letters of Recommendation and references after participating for 2 or more terms.

Shape Your Future with TLC: Our program is designed to empower, educate, and inspire today's youth to become tomorrow's leaders. With a focus on development, service, and community impact, TLC offers a unique opportunity to grow while making a difference.

Program Highlights:

  • Introductory Session: Start each term with clarity on our program’s goals and your role in achieving them.

  • Youth-Led Meetings: Exercise leadership by running meetings and making key decisions for the program.

  • Leadership Training: Enhance your skills through workshops on leadership, teamwork, and event planning.

  • Event Preparation & Execution: Dive into the heart of YMCA events with hands-on roles and responsibilities.

  • TLC Booth Management: Engage the community and express creativity by running your own booth at events.

  • Community Service: Lead outreach projects that make a difference.

  • Social Media Engagement: Shape our online presence with your content and designs.

Want to volunteer for one of our events? Fill out the forms below!

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YMCA of San Joaquin County

2105 W. March Lane, Suite 1
Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: (209) 472-9622
Fax: (209) 472-9525
*We are a non-facility YMCA
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