What We Believe about
Volunteering & YMCA of the Rockies
Many of us have learned the story of birth of the YMCA. It was founded on a simple but powerful idea: by bringing neighbors together to advance the common good, we can improve lives and strengthen communities. George Williams and 11 other volunteers brought that idea to life over 170 years ago in an effort to improve the lives of young men struggling in newly industrialized London. Let’s celebrate our volunteers as we recognize September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
YMCA of the Rockies benefited from the service of 348 volunteers in 2016 contributing nearly 79,000 hours. Our volunteers provide us with knowledge, expertise, and support. Volunteering in roles ranging from Homestead Guides, advocating our annual campaigns, Mindfulness Instructors, program development that supports diversity, and acting as ambassadors to our International staff, our volunteers contribute greatly to our organization and it’s ability to realize our mission.
But not only do volunteers come to the YMCA of the Rockies, our staff recognizes the value of service that pushes to emulate the efforts of Mr. Williams. Year-round staff from both centers served at the Cheyenne River Reservation assisting the Sioux YMCA prepare for campers. CCI Greenheart, an organization dedicated to education and volunteerism, is one of our selected sponsors of International Summer Work & Travel participants. Our seasonal staff jumped at the opportunity to support our community organizations such as Grand Huts, Middle Park Rodeo, and even the Zoppe Family Circus. Our Gap Year Program, ELEVATE includes meaningful community service as part of its intention. TREK (another gap year program) participants select a non-profit to enhance their personal and spiritual growth. Volunteers are essential to fulfilling the YMCA USA’s promise to strengthen community.
YMCA of the Rockies volunteers are committed to building a safe, connected community where everyone can thrive. The skills, ideas, and passion of our volunteers are invaluable and allow us to thrive.