SHAWN SEBRING: IUP students a key volunteer group at Y
Across the U.S., more than 500,000 business leaders, community advocates, parents, teens and individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors volunteer at the Y. That's because in 10,000 neighborhoods nationwide we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive, personal and social change.
With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
At the YMCA of Indiana County, the programs and events that we offer to the community may not happen without our volunteers.
Students from IUP are a key group of volunteers that take on tough tasks and allow our programs to flourish because of their time and energy.
Each year we have hundreds of student volunteers helping in programs as well as facility care tasks including:
- Coaching a youth sports team
- Preparing our athletic fields
- Spring cleanup of our outdoor spaces
- Mack Park pool preparations each spring
- Mack park pool shutdown each fall
- 5K Run for the Kids
- Healthy Kids Day
- Pool -O-Ween
- Mentoring a youngster in our Big Hearts, Little Hands program
Big Hearts, Little Hands benefits greatly from the students as the college clubs, fraternities and sororities volunteer and raise funds for these programs at Bowl for Kids.
Many more events and activities are made more successful with the help and support of IUP student volunteers.
Whether for class assignments, club or team commitments or just to be involved, the time and energy that the IUP student volunteers bring is helpful and refreshing to our facility, staff and adult volunteers.
Jen Villa, director of membership and program development, said, "We appreciate the time and enthusiasm that they bring when they volunteer."
We wanted to be sure to recognize all of the IUP students who have taken their time and energy to make a positive difference at your local YMCA.
We couldn't do it without you. Thank you!