YMCA volunteer appreciation week.

James P. Gills YMCA volunteers.

Each year, the YMCA of the Suncoast and our branches celebrate the selfless individuals who donate their time, talents and treasures to foster community well-being and support. April is National Volunteer Month, a special time to acknowledge our volunteers' vital role in strengthening communities and changing lives across Tampa Bay. Our YMCA Association is a cornerstone for community support and development and thrives because of the dedication and passion of our volunteers.  

From coaching youth sports to organizing pickleball tournaments, leading educational programs, serving meals to those in need, fundraising and serving on the board, our volunteers embody the YMCA's core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  

The James P. Gills YMCA has a strong and steady group of volunteers who support the Y and its programs weekly.  

Michael Whitten, Executive Director at the James P. Gills YMCA, shares, "Volunteers are more than just supporters; they are the heartbeat of our organization and the driving force behind our mission to serve the community. From ensuring families have access to food each month to bringing joy to children during the holidays, our dedicated volunteers play a pivotal role in every aspect of our YMCA's operations."

The James P. Gills YMCA volunteers go above and beyond to meet the needs of members and the community. Their contributions are invaluable not only in terms of the tangible work they do but also in fostering a culture of service, wellness and philanthropy.  

Michael adds, "Volunteers serve as the vital link between our YMCA and the community we proudly serve. By actively engaging with our members and neighbors, they help us understand and address the evolving needs of our community. Whether it's through organizing events, leading programs or offering a helping hand, our volunteers provide invaluable insights that guide our efforts to create a positive impact."

"We recognize that without the selfless contributions of our volunteers, we would not be able to reach the multitude of individuals and families that rely on our services. Their unwavering dedication and passion for serving others exemplify the spirit of community and embody the core values of the YMCA."

Join us as we continue to thank and celebrate our volunteers as they work to strengthen our mission and build stronger, more vibrant communities. Click here to learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Published Wednesday, April 24, 2024.