Give Thanks to Volunteers During National Volunteer Week
Manchester, NH – The Granite YMCA is encouraging community members to use National Volunteer Week (April 18 - 22, 2022) to take a moment and thank the volunteers in their lives. Throughout the week, we'll be sharing heartwarming stories from individuals who shared their time and expertise with the Y as well as a few who have been impacted by Y programs and volunteers.
National Volunteer Week Spotlight Videos:
- Monday: Phil Becker
- Tuesday: Brandon Maldonado
- Wednesday: Camille Madden
- Wednesday: Davis Richmond
- Thursday: Nathan Dupre
- Friday: Maya Parshay
"Without volunteers, the Y wouldn't be the same; they’re the heart and soul of our organization and without their hard work, dedication and selflessness we couldn't do the work we do every day to help kids, families and communities thrive," said Kim Harty, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at The Granite YMCA. "By bringing people together from all walks of life around a shared purpose to give back, the Y is creating a stronger, more cohesive community."
Volunteers are vital to the success of the YMCA. It is only with their help that we are able to bring about meaningful, enduring change in our communities. As one of the leading nonprofits and volunteer organizations in the country, nearly 233,000 people volunteer at the Y each year. These volunteers positively impact community programming at The Granite YMCA through activities like mentoring teens, coaching youth sports, serving on our boards, spearheading fundraising drives, and so much more. These opportunities also help volunteers enhance their own personal well-being and develop meaningful relationships, all while making an impact in communities they care about.
Here at The Granite YMCA, seniors in a Fit 4 Life class not only exercise together twice weekly; they also volunteer with young children in our daycare program, share potluck meals and enjoy each other’s company. This is but one example of how Y programs support community. There are so many more stories of great experiences and there are many more opportunities to help make a difference.
National Volunteer Week is a great time to get involved. Here are a few ways individuals can take an active role at the Y and in their community:
- Consider becoming a mentor or tutor to help youth learn new skills, build confidence, and set and achieve their goals.
- Teach a class, coach a sports team, or assist with a leadership program.
- Help with Y fundraising efforts to ensure those in need can access essential programs and services to reach their full potential.
- Invite friends and neighbors to join you in contributing to a stronger community.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at The Granite YMCA, visit our Volunteer Matters webpage or contact Meg Valine, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Granite YMCA Association includes: the YMCA of Downtown Manchester, YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown, YMCA of Concord, YMCA of Greater Londonderry, YMCA of Strafford County, YMCA of the Seacoast, two residential camps and multiple day camps.
About The Granite YMCA
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2020, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at just over $1 million to 5,144 individuals. To learn more, please visit www.graniteymca.org.