University YMCA
University YMCAthe Y | service, reflection and action since 1873
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Employment and Volunteering

Volunteer • Current OpeningsStudent Work

When you volunteer at the University YMCA, you provide leadership and talent vital to empowering people and communities to learn, grow and lead.

Volunteers of the University Y:

  • Lead our committees and shape organizational policy
  • Document and archive the University Y's history through multi-media
  • Coordinate Dump & Run, the Y's annual community recycling event
  • Extend a hand to the immigrant community through the La Linea helpline
  • Help the Y's events run smoothly
  • Learn and serve alongside communities all over the United States
  • Tutor and mentor youth in Champaign-Urbana schools

Volunteer Opportunities

Dump & Run Recycling Program Volunteer
Help keep multiple semi-trailers worth of used, but quality goods out of Champaign-Urbana’s dumpsters and landfills each year. This program runs through early May and early August with the collection of donations and ending with the BIG sale in late August. Volunteer 6+ hours and get first dibs on stuff at the volunteer pre-sale in August! There are many ways to get involved as a Dump & Run recycling volunteer. Learn more here.

Video/Film Volunteer:
Video/Film volunteers will mainly work with current or recent film, taking video of events, interviewing our past alumni for the "Telling Stories," the Y's oral history project and uploading edited work YouTube. Some interviews of current staff and students may be included, as well as archival footage if any can be converted. Please email for more information.

Advertising Volunteer:
We are looking volunteers interested in advertising for upcoming Y events on campus. We'd love to have your help with advertising all semester long! This would include postering, flyering, and chalking all over campus. We'll supply what you need. Please email for more information.

Event Photography Volunteer:
Like taking pictures? The University Y always needs photography volunteers to help document all of the exciting happenings in and around the Y.
Need to borrow a camera? No worries, we have a camera you can check out. Please email Megan at for more information.

Volunteer Interpreters/Translators
Through Immigrant-Friendly Communities, a global engagement initiative of the Y, there is always a need for volunteers to serve as interpreters or translators in community advocacy contexts. We are seeking volunteers with a proficiency in Spanish, Q’anjob'al, or French. The Y is also interested in learning more about your knowledge of other languages as well. Interested? Please email for more information.

On-Call Office Volunteering
Want to be contacted for clerical volunteering opportunities when they arise? This includes preparing mailings or completing basic office work. Send an email to

Student Group Volunteer Opportunities

VIS-A-VIS Tutors Needed
Y Student Group, VIS-A-VIS, offers volunteers two different environments in which they can tutor. Your role as a volunteer in the school is to provide a vital instructional service as a one-on-one tutor or classroom aide in the Champaign-Urbana schools. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, visit their Volunteer page.

Alternative Seasonal Breaks: Applications for Trips Being Accepted
Applications available on ASB's website
Alternative Seasonal Breaks (commonly ASB) is a student-run, non-profit volunteer organization of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University YMCA. ASB sends U of I students on nationwide service trips four times throughout the year. During their fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks, ASB participants travel throughout the country to learn about and actively combat social justice and environmental issues.