Welcome To Our Table

Free meals for kids Monday-Friday 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Erie Center for Arts & Technology (former Wayne School Building)

Upcoming Partial Facility Closure: Eastside Family Y racquetball courts will be closed for resurfacing beginning Thursday, Dec. 9 and Studio 1 will be closed for resurfacing on Friday, Dec. 10. Both areas will reopen on Monday, Dec. 12.  We are in the final stages of the gym floor replacement and anticipate reopening on Monday, Dec. 19. Thank you for your patience.


Be a part of meaningful, enduring change

The Y is a volunteer- founded, volunteer-led organization. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in creating significant change right in your own neighborhood. Whether you want to help people improve their overall health, support children and youth as they grow into adults, create a welcoming environment, or simply make a difference in someone’s life, the Y has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to match your passion, skills and schedule, including coaching youth sports, participating on boards and committees, and coordinating special events.

Volunteer Opportunities

There is no other volunteer organization quite like the Y. Each of our volunteers helps move people and communities forward, delivering the benefits of good health, strong connections, greater self-confidence and a sense of security to all who seek it. Review our handbook for all our regular volunteer opportunities. 

Special Volunteer Opportunities

Seasonal, date-specific events are in need of volunteers, will be shown below when available. 

Volunteering is more than just sharing your time and passion, it’s about the satisfaction of knowing you are helping people become stronger, giving back to your community and gaining valuable work experience that will enhance your career opportunities.

Here are just a few of the many benefits you can receive from volunteering:

  • New skills, increased confidence and enhanced leadership skills
  • Fulfillment from knowing you are making a difference in your community
  • Valuable work experience
  • New friends from all walks of life
  • Being a part of an organization with a history of giving back to its community
  • Completing community service hour requirements

At the Y, safety is our #1 priority.  To protect our volunteers and our program participants,  the Y now requires, as mandated by Pennsylvania State Law (PA Act 153) , both the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearances and Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record checks for certain volunteer positions which require the volunteer to have regular/habitual interaction with children as well as authority on behalf of the parent.  To find out if your position will require these additional clearances, please contact your YMCA Community Involvement Coordinator.  To learn more about the process to obtain your PA State required clearances, click here.

For additional information about required clearances, click here.


YMCA Community Involvement Coordinators

Downtown Y
Alyx Hosu
[email protected]

Glenwood Park Y
Emily Irwin
868-0867 • [email protected]

County Y
Kelly Gheres
734-5700 • [email protected]

Eastside Family Y
Karen McLellan
899-9622 • [email protected]


Food for neighbors in need. Safe spaces for kids to learn and grow. These are just a few of the many reasons to give to the Y.


We have a variety of opportunities to match your passion, skills and schedule. Join us in making a difference.

Planned Giving

Leave a legacy with a planned gift. Your gift ensures that the YMCA will be available to all for generations to come.