Give Thanks to the Volunteers in Your Life During National Volunteer Week

The James Family Prescott YMCA is encouraging community members to use National Volunteer Week (April 18-24, 2021) to take a moment and thank the volunteers in their lives.

“Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization and this past year highlighted their importance in a way we’ve never seen. Because of our volunteers we were able to provide childcare at a 50% discount for essential workers, made over 1000 calls to our senior members who faced social isolation, and ensure we kept members safe and healthy following our reopening,” said Damon Olsen, YMCA Executive Director. “Without our volunteers, we would not have been able to do this essential work.”

As one of the leading nonprofits and volunteer organizations in the country, nearly 600,000 people volunteer at the Y each year and here in Prescott more than 650 give back through activities such as coaching youth sports, mentoring youth, helping on special events, serving on our boards and spearheading fundraising drives. These opportunities also help volunteers enhance their personal well-being and develop meaningful relationships – all while making an impact in communities they care about.

A special thank you shoutout to our Youth Basketball League volunteers!! This is what a few coaches have to say:

“I wanted to give back not just to the community, but to the Y that gave me so much as a kid,” said Glenn Brownlee. “The Prescott YMCA has always been an important part of my life since I was a toddler growing up in Prescott.”

“Get involved, do your part, and be part of the fun volunteering at the Y,” said Norm Davis.

“The Y is a lifeline for youth to get healthy, stay out of trouble, have a focus in life, and learn the discipline that sports teach,” said Paul Aslanian.

National Volunteer Week is a great time to get involved and give back. Here are four ways individuals can take an active role at the Y and in their community:

  1. Help with Y fundraising efforts to ensure those in need can access essential programs and services to reach their full potential.
  2. Get involved with a Y mentoring or tutoring program to help youth learn new skills, build confidence, and achieve their goals.
  3. Coach a youth volleyball/flag football/basketball team, teach a class or ask Y staff about other ways to get involved with a program of interest.
  4. Volunteer for our Whiskey Row Marathon.
  5. Invite friends and neighbors to join you in contributing to a stronger community.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the James Family Prescott YMCA, contact Ryan Harlow at 928-445-7221 x213 or ryan.harlow@prescottymca.org.

About James Family Prescott YMCA

The James Family Prescott YMCA is a community within a community serving our diverse population in the quad-city area. As a leading nonprofit organization, the YMCA exists to strengthen the foundation of the community. The YMCA has served the local communities in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey/Humboldt since 1974, offering over 60 health, wellness and community programs within the four-building facility.

The YMCA is dedicated to providing affordable programs and services to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. Thanks to the generous support of those who donate to the Y’s Annual Campaign and other fundraising events, financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the full fee and qualify for assistance.

The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. For more information visit www.prescottymca.org

 About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

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