Volunteer

What can I do?

Make a big difference. The generosity of others is at the core of our existence. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change in your own community. As a volunteer, you’ll be working with other caring, committed people who want to make a difference in your community.

Volunteers of the Y:
» Lead our Board of Directors and committees
» Raise funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community
» Coach our sports teams
» Motivate and support youth in building the character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices and the pursuit of higher education and goals
» Extend a hand to help adults who want to do more, be more or live healthier
» Advocate for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation and to our community
» Participate in opportunities to give back and support others

How do I apply?

YMCA program volunteers undergo an interview and training process similar to that of paid staff. This helps you find the best fit for your skills while also ensuring the safety of our members, staff and other volunteers. Contact Wendy Broderick at wendybroderick@columbiaymca.org or 803.748.9622 ext. 113 to learn more about volunteering at the Y.

Volunteer Leadership

Focused on creating lasting personal and social change for our community

The YMCA of Columbia is governed by our Association Board of Directors that consists of volunteers from throughout the Midlands community. Each YMCA branch has its own volunteer Board which sets policy for its executive who manages the operation with full-time and part-time staff and volunteer leaders.

2013-2014 Association Board of Directors

President – Vance Bettis
Vice President – Bill Price
Treasurer – Lewis Caswell
Secretary – Mickey Layden
Past President – Bruce Williams
Downtown Branch Board Chair – Bob Synnett
NorthWest Branch Board Chair – Rhyno Coetsee
Lexington Branch Board Chair – Lee Pitcovich
Jeep Rogers Branch Board Chair – TBA
Palmetto Center for Women Branch Board Chair – Sharon Bramlett
Orangeburg County Branch Board Chair – Russ Fender

Board Members

Class of 2014

Vance Bettis
John Camp
Lewis Caswell
Claude M. Walker, Jr.

Class of 2015

David Krupa
Trey Love
Bill Price
Kenneth Richey
Carmen Wilson

Class of 2016

Tom Ellis
Henry Hunter
Mickey Layden
Bruce Williams