Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, and we have fun and meaningful opportunities at the Y. You can coach or mentor one of our youth and teen programs or camps. We have plenty of opportunities in our youth sports programs, camps or clinics throughout the year. Have a specific skill you would like to share? Let us know and we will work with you. To get started, give us a call at 309-344-1324 or email us at info@knoxymca.org.

The Knox County YMCA is volunteer founded and volunteer led by a Board of Directors. Collectively, YMCA's are the largest not-for-profit community service organization in the United States. This stature cannot occur without the dedication of some 600,000 volunteers nationwide. Currently, there are over 200 volunteers on an annual basis who give their time to sustain the operations of the Knox County YMCA.  

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We continue to build our relationship with Knox College through hosting student volunteers in our After School Programs. There are over 30 Knox student volunteers who help our programs thrive and help us meet our overall goal of providing a wonderful before and after school experience for our participants. This partnership is mutually beneficial for the Knox County YMCA and for Knox College; our Before and After School Program participants gain role models in the form of college students they can look up to, while Knox students gain an impactful experience working with children, and get to do meaningful service in their community. Volunteers help the kids with homework, play alongside them during free time, and assist the YMCA instructors by creating new, fun programming ideas.