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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The preschool classroom at the Early Learning Center is participating once again in the Adopt-A-Cow Program, in which they remotely adopt and follow the growth of a single cow. This year’s cow is named Sara and she lives on the Knebel Dairy Farm in Wisconsin. The Adopt-A-Cow Program is an opportunity for the children to learn more about animals, to follow the growth stages of their selected animal, and to grow along with her. Our children entered a video contest to win a trip to a farm, and are currently waiting to hear back about it. Through adopting Sara the cow, they can learn about ear tags, milk production, growth stages, and much more! They are also able to monitor the cow’s growth, receive updates, and learn about farms, animals and nutrition.