Become a Volunteer!
Social Responsibility is one of the three focus areas of the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA. Generosity toward others is at the core of the Y's existence. It is through the support of our volunteers, that the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA is able to give back to the community. When you are involved with the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA, you have the opportunity to bring lasting personal and social change to others.
To receive more information on becoming a volunteer for the Y, or to submit your Volunteer Application, please contact your local Y branch.
Volunteer Application (pdf)
DEFINITIONS & CATEGORIES OF VOLUNTEERS
- Program volunteers: those who have direct contact with Y members and people in the community. They help the Y lead and deliver programs and services; help with membership; or serve on program advisory councils, e.g., the Swim Team Parents Group. They may also offer community service as participants in a program, e.g., Teen Leaders.
- Fundraising volunteers: those responsible for the leadership and legwork that goes into successful fundraising campaigns and special events.
- Policy volunteers: those who serve on Y boards and committees.
- Managerial volunteers: those who serve in the management and administration of the Y, usually lending special skill or talent in accounting, architecture, public relations, etc.
- Support volunteers: those who help out in the office, in the locker room, in the facility, on the grounds, and in many other important ways.
Volunteer coaches needed for Youth Sports throughout the year. Sports vary by branch and time of year and include basketball, T-ball, soccer and gymnastics. Contact the Sports Director at the facility closest to you:
Olean YMCA: Jim Pawlowski 716-373-2400
Bradford YMCA: Steve Jackson 814-368-6101
Wellsville YMCA: Traci Johnson 585-593-3246
YMCA Gymnastics Center: Michelle Feldman 716-301-8012
Giving back to the community is one of the three focus areas of the Y. Opportunities for completing community service are available at several of the YMCA faciliities. Please contact them directly to inquire about current opportunities.
The Olean-Bradford Area YMCA is always on the go. Throughout its six facilities and events with partners, the Y is always planning events for the community and its members. Volunteers are needed for special events throughout the year. Please check the Special Events Calendar for volunteer information about upcoming special events!
Board of Directors / Committee of Managers
The Olean-Bradford Area YMCA and its three branches operate with a volunteer advisory that assist with strategic planning, policy, and vision of the Y. This advisory is vital for the continual existence of the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA and the changes it brings along. You can become a volunteer and lead our Board of Directors and Committees.
Annual Campaign Volunteer
Every year, more than 200 volunteers participate to raise awareness and encourage financial participation at the Y. Volunteers join forces to raise financial support by calling friends, colleagues, and other contacts to provide more than 2,800 people per month with the opportunity of being part of the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA who couldn't otherwise afford it. Come along and help support this cause and give parents and children the opportunity to become part of the Y family.
If interested, please contact Laura Whitford by calling 716-701-1325.
Motivate and support youth, building character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, healthier lifestyles, smart life choices, the pursuit of higher education and aspiring higher goals in life.
Testimonials from Y Volunteers
"I love the relationships I have formed! I love connecting with people in our community. Whether it's the participants, volunteers, YMCA staff, family members of the participants, etc., it's just so great to get to know these wonderful people. I especially enjoy the participants It is so rewarding working with these special people and feeling like you are really helping them w/ exercise and getting some movement doing fun activities. This, along with the social interactions, is important to stimulate their minds and bodies. [The Y is] a place with such a sense of community that you feel the connection the instant you walk through the door. It feels so good to give back locally and the programs through the Y are a great place to do so! You feel the dedication and compassion from the staff and other volunteers. This is now a significant part of my life and one of the things I'm passionate about. It's an amazing feeling!"
--Sarah K., Volunteer with Active Older Adults program
HOW DO I APPLY?
For Y leadership roles (boards, committees, fundraising), ask to speak to the Branch Executive.
Volunteers in Y programs go through an application and screening process similar to that of our paid staff members. This process ensures that the best fit is made between the new volunteer and the program they are matched with, while also ensuring the safety of our members, participants, staff and all of our volunteers.
To make for a smooth application process, complete our Volunteer Interest Application (print and complete to outline your interests and background), Volunteer Interest Application.
Before starting a program volunteer assignment with the Y, a staff member will walk you through the following steps of our application process:
- Interview: Y staff members and prospective volunteers ask questions of each other to make sure that the best possible match is made.
- Volunteer Application: Volunteers provide background and contact information including an identification check.
- Reference Checks: We complete two reference checks on each of our new volunteers.
- Job Description: We provide our volunteers with a job description, often created with the input of the volunteer, so expectations are clear for all parties.
- Safety Orientation and YMCA Statement for the Prevention of Child Abuse: This process helps us to ensure your safety as well as the safety of all of our participants.
- Background Checks: All program volunteers must complete the Applicant Criminal and Abuse Disclosure (ACAD) and New York State Patrol Background Check to ensure the safety of all. Volunteers with a DSHS licensed program also must complete a DSHS Criminal History and Background Inquiry, and an FBI check in specific situations. Having a criminal background does not necessarily prevent someone from volunteering; situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Volunteer Application (pdf)