Volunteer with the Y

Volunteers are at the heart of the Y. That’s why the Y is at the heart of the community.

There are opportunities for you to get involved. Regardless of age, experience or how much time you can commit, you can make a difference in the lives of others. As a Y volunteer, you might lead an exercise class, welcome new immigrants, mentor young people, produce a special event or advise on local issues.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Bruce

Bruce has been a member of the Y for 65+ years for the youth recreation and social programs. When it came time for him to retire, he sought to reinvent himself by volunteering. He’s a Fitness Ambassador, a member of the fitness volunteer team, and more. In 2019, he volunteered a record-breaking 266 hours!

“My experience at the Y has been that the people are very accepting and encouraging. I can’t recommend it enough.

Meet Joan

Meet Joan. Joan has been a volunteer at the Y for 25 years and you can find her teaching our Group Fitness classes. She’s made many lifelong friends here at the YMCA.

She has so many wonderful memories from her time here and wants everyone to be as fit active and healthy as they can be.

“Your Y friends are your best friends,” she says.

Meet Marlene

Marlene first started volunteering in the Newcomer Connections’ Mom & Baby classes as a way to socialize and stay active in her community. During the classes, she spends time with the children while their mothers learn English. She loves bonding with the children and watching them grow every week.

Why should you become a volunteer? Marlene will tell you, “Come out and try it because you may like it — because it’s fun!”

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Volunteer Opportunities

Board of Directors

The affairs of the YMCA of Greater Saint John are governed by the Board of Directors, consisting of 8 to 10 people. Members of the Board of Directors include a diverse mix of backgrounds, skills and experiences appropriate to guide the Board’s strategy and proper governance of the YMCA. The Y is an inclusive organization that believes in the unique difference each individual Board Member brings to the table.

To strengthen the YMCA’s ability to contribute to our vision, the YMCAs Nominations Committee is currently seeking Board nominees for the 2023-2025 term.

Click here to read more about the role and apply.

Health, Membership & Recreation

Program: Health, Membership & Recreation (HMR)

Location: Saint John Regional Y, 191 Churchill Blvd, Saint John, NB E2K 3E2

Qualifications & Skills: Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening, current standard First Aid and CPR – Level C training recommended, strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to interact with members and build relationships in a diverse community. Current YMCA Group Fitness Certification with the designation in the stream that the leader will be instruction. Strong communications skills, a team player, and takes initiative. Must be aged 16+.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide a quality AquaFit fitness class that includes all members, regardless of age or ability
  • Arrive on time, in uniform, with music, and prepared to deliver a class
  • Use respectable language at all times
  • Well-groomed and appropriately dressed in clothing that is fitting for the position and that will leave the best possible impression on the public
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from the supervisor/director as well as reporting planed or unplanned absence to them
  • Perform volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably, and to the best of one’s ability
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s guiding principles, mission, and values
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John volunteer identification as required
  • Participate in orientation and training programs when required

Time commitment: various work shifts as determined by the Aquatics Supervisor

Benefits:

  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the mission, vision, and values of the YMCA
  • Opportunity to enhance skills and learn new skills in a fitness facility environment
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills and gain valuable work experience — volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of an individual and gives real examples of their commitment, dedication, and interests
  • Reference letter supplied with successful volunteer experience upon request

Program: Health, Membership & Recreation (HMR)

Location: Saint John Regional Y, 191 Churchill Blvd, Saint John, NB E2K 3E2

Qualifications & Skills: Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening, current standard First Aid and CPR – Level C training recommended, strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to interact with members and build relationships in a diverse community. Minimum age of 13 and at least six months of working with children ages 3 – 15 preferred. Bronze Medallion and/or Bronze Cross certifications are preferred. YMCA Assistant Swim Instructor course is preferred. Strong swimming skills are required with a high comfort level in a pool environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist Aquatics staff in providing children and youth (ages 3 – 15) with healthy opportunities to learn and improve their swimming skills
  • Assist in a variety of roles to support Aquatics staff, including taking attendance, equipment set-up and cleaning, change room supervision, and more
  • Use respectable language at all times
  • Be well-groomed and appropriately dressed in clothing that is fitting for the position and that will leave the best possible impression on the public
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from supervisors and/or directors and reporting planned or unplanned absences to them
  • Treat staff, clients, and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the Y’s resources
  • Perform volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably, and to the best of one’s ability
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s guiding principles, mission, and values
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John volunteer identification as required
  • Participate in orientation and training programs when required

Time commitment: various work shifts as determined by the Aquatics Supervisor

Benefits:

  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the mission, vision, and values of the YMCA
  • Opportunity to enhance skills and learn new skills in a fitness facility environment
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills and gain valuable work experience — volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of an individual and gives real examples of their commitment, dedication, and interests
  • Reference letter supplied with successful volunteer experience upon request

Program: Health, Membership & Recreation (HMR)

Location: Saint John Regional Y, 191 Churchill Blvd, Saint John, NB E2K 3E2

Qualifications & Skills: Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening. YMCA certified (FNB certification or equivalency with the opportunity to challenge the YMCA certification). First Aid and CPR certified. Knowledge of exercise principles and technology. Strong interpersonal and communications skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of fitness levels in a diverse community.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide cycling training and class instruction on a regular or substitution basis
  • All volunteers will be trained to assist the HMR team with providing tours of Y facilities and providing membership information and excellent customer service to guests
  • Volunteer fitness instructors are required to spend time becoming acquainted with the Y’s philosophy, facilities, procedures, and other volunteers
  • Use respectable language at all times
  • Be well-groomed and appropriately dressed in clothing that is fitting for the position and that will leave the best possible impression on the public
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from supervisors and/or directors and reporting planned or unplanned absences to them
  • Treat staff, clients, and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the Y’s resources
  • Perform volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably, and to the best of one’s ability
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s guiding principles, mission, and values
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John volunteer identification as required
  • Participate in orientation and training programs when required

Time commitment: A one-hour shift, twice weekly

Benefits:

  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the mission, vision, and values of the YMCA
  • Opportunity to enhance skills and learn new skills in a fitness facility environment
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills and gain valuable work experience — volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of an individual and gives real examples of their commitment, dedication, and interests
  • Reference letter supplied with successful volunteer experience upon request

Location: Saint John Field House, 129 McAllister Drive, Saint John, NB E2J 2S7

Qualifications and Skills: Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening. YMCA Certified (or equivalency with the opportunity to challenge the YMCA certification) First Aid/ CPR certified, knowledge of exercise principles and technology, strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of fitness levels in a diverse community.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead safe and versatile group classes to varying levels of fitness members and participants
  • Motivate and inspire self and others to take action to achieve desired outcomes
  • Advise members and participants on program/class procedures and policies, answers questions after each session, assist in performing follow up communications with members as required.
  • Plan and lead exercise sessions in one or more assigned class streams: Dusty Sneakers, Chair Yoga, Zumba Gold, fall prevention.
  • Prepare full balanced fitness classes to meet interest and demand of our members and guests; track attendance.
  • Set up and monitor class equipment and ensure the equipment is returned in good condition.
  • Volunteer fitness instructors are required to spend time becoming acquainted with the YMCA’s philosophies, facilities, procedures and other volunteers.
  • Use respectable language at all times.
  • Well-groomed and appropriately dressed in YMCA Group Fitness Leader Uniform.
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from the Supervisor as well as reporting planned or unplanned absence to the Supervisor.
  • Treat staff, clients and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s resources.
  • Perform Volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably and to the best of the Volunteer’s ability.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John.
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s Guiding Principles, the Mission Statement as well as the Values of the YMCA of Greater Saint John.
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John Volunteer identification as required.
  • Participate in orientation and training programs when required.
  • Maintain certifications while providing updated certificates, CEC’s and other trainings for file.

Time Commitment: One or more shifts a week

Benefits:

  • Mutual understanding and commitment to YMCA Best Practices to deliver exceptional programming to members and participants
  • Ongoing opportunity to attend all group fitness classes for personal and professional development in addition to peer support
  • Semi-annual group fitness leader in-service to obtain Continuing Education Credits
  • Annual Y’s in Motion to obtain Continuing Education Credits (typically in the fall)
  • Participation in volunteer activities and events with the Y of Greater Saint John
  • Financial support towards licencing fees for specific certifications (e.g., Zumba)
  • Professional Development: Educational Assistance

Program: Health, Membership & Recreation (HMR)

Location: Saint John Regional Y, 191 Churchill Blvd, Saint John, NB E2K 3E2

Qualifications & Skills: Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening. YMCA certified (FNB certification or equivalency with the opportunity to challenge the YMCA certification). First Aid and CPR certified. Knowledge of exercise principles and technology. Strong interpersonal and communications skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of fitness levels in a diverse community.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide training and class instruction on a regular or substitution basis
  • Motivate and inspire self and others to take action to achieve desired outcomes
  • Advise members on program and class procedures and policies, answer questions from members after sessions, and assist in performing follow-up communications with members as required
  • Plan and lead exercise sessions in one or more assigned fitness areas, such as low-impact aerobics, stretching/flexibility, circuit training, general fitness, weight training, older adults fitness, and more
  • Set up and monitor class equipment and ensure it is returned in good condition
  • All volunteers will be trained to assist the HMR team with providing tours of Y facilities and providing membership information and excellent customer service to guests
  • Volunteer fitness instructors are required to spend time becoming acquainted with the Y’s philosophy, facilities, procedures, and other volunteers
  • Use respectable language at all times
  • Be well-groomed and appropriately dressed in clothing that is fitting for the position and that will leave the best possible impression on the public
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from supervisors and/or directors and reporting planned or unplanned absences to them
  • Treat staff, clients, and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the Y’s resources
  • Perform volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably, and to the best of one’s ability
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s guiding principles, mission, and values
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John volunteer identification as required
  • Participate in orientation and training programs when required

Time commitment: Volunteer fitness instructors will need to be available one to five hours per week during the winter and spring seasons to properly meet the needs of our members.

Benefits:

  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the mission, vision, and values of the YMCA
  • Opportunity to enhance skills and learn new skills in a fitness facility environment
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills and gain valuable work experience — volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of an individual and gives real examples of their commitment, dedication, and interests
  • Reference letter supplied with successful volunteer experience upon request

Location: Irving Oil Field House, 129 McAllister Drive, Saint John, NB E2J 2S7

Qualifications and Skills: Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening. YMCA Certified (or equivalency with the opportunity to challenge the YMCA certification) First Aid/ CPR certified, knowledge of exercise principles and technology, strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of fitness levels in a diverse community.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide Insanity class on a regular or substitution basis
  • Advise members and participants on program/class procedures and policies, answers questions after each session, assist in performing follow up communications with members as required
  • Prepare full balanced fitness classes to meet the interest and demand of our members and guests; track attendance
  • Set up and monitor class equipment and ensure the equipment is returned in good condition
  • Volunteer fitness instructors are required to spend time becoming acquainted with the YMCA’s philosophies, facilities, procedures and other volunteers
  • Use respectable language at all times
  • Well-groomed and appropriately dressed in YMCA Group Fitness Leader Uniform.
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from the Supervisor as well as reporting planned or unplanned absence to the Supervisor
  • Treat staff, clients and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s resources
  • Perform Volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably and to the best of the Volunteer’s ability
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John.
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s Guiding Principles, the Mission Statement as well as the Values of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John Volunteer identification as required
  • Participate in orientation and training programs when required
  • Maintain certifications while providing updated certificates, CECs, and other training for file.

Time Commitment: 1 or more shifts a week

Benefits:

  • Mutual understanding and commitment to YMCA Best Practices to deliver exceptional programming to members and participants
  • Ongoing opportunity to attend all group fitness classes for personal and professional development in addition to peer support
  • Semi-annual group fitness leader in-service to obtain Continuing Education Credits
  • Annual Y’s in Motion to obtain Continuing Education Credits (typically in the fall)
  • Participation in volunteer activities and events with the Y of Greater Saint John
  • Financial support towards licencing fees for specific certifications (e.g., Zumba)
  • Professional Development: Educational Assistance

Program: Health, Membership & Recreation (HMR)

Location: Saint John Regional Y, 191 Churchill Blvd, Saint John, NB E2K 3E2

Qualifications & Skills: Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening. YMCA certified (FNB certification or equivalency with the opportunity to challenge the YMCA certification). First Aid and CPR certified. Knowledge of exercise principles and technology. Strong interpersonal and communications skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of fitness levels in a diverse community.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide yoga training and class instruction on a regular or substitution basis
  • All volunteers will be trained to assist the HMR team with providing tours of Y facilities and providing membership information and excellent customer service to guests
  • Volunteer fitness instructors are required to spend time becoming acquainted with the Y’s philosophy, facilities, procedures, and other volunteers
  • Use respectable language at all times
  • Be well-groomed and appropriately dressed in clothing that is fitting for the position and that will leave the best possible impression on the public
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from supervisors and/or directors and reporting planned or unplanned absences to them
  • Treat staff, clients, and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the Y’s resources
  • Perform volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably, and to the best of one’s ability
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s guiding principles, mission, and values
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John volunteer identification as required
  • Participate in orientation and training programs when required

Time commitment: A one-hour shift twice weekly

  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the mission, vision, and values of the YMCA
  • Opportunity to enhance skills and learn new skills in a fitness facility environment
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills and gain valuable work experience — volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of an individual and gives real examples of their commitment, dedication, and interests
  • Reference letter supplied with successful volunteer experience upon request

Program:  Y Thrive

Location: Saint John Regional Y, 191 Churchill Blvd. Saint John, NB E2K 3E2

Description: To assist and build relationships with members, YMCA staff and volunteers assisting fitness staff on duty. Provide exercise advice and instruction to members.  Demonstrate knowledge of fitness centre, YMCA mission, core values, and act as a positive role model.  Help to maintain a positive, friendly, and safe environment in health and wellness areas.

Qualifications and Skills: Must be minimum of 14 years old. Have the understanding or willingness to learn the physical fitness principles. Standard CPR/AED is preferred. Must be fun, friendly, enthusiastic, hardworking, and genuinely interested in being a part of the YMCA.  Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening and Department of Social Development required.

Responsibilities:                                                                                                    

  • Provide high-quality customer service to participants
  • Provide coaching appointments to members
  • Actively book people into YThrive appointments and recommend YMCA programs to suit customer goals and needs
  • Assist with cleaning duties of the Fitness Floor
  • Ensure Fitness Floor rules are being followed
  • Assist instructors with class transitions and set up
  • Maintain excellent communication with Fitness staff, volunteers and members
  • Complete all online training as assigned
  • Use respectable language at all times
  • Be well-groomed and appropriately dressed in clothing that is fitting for the position and that will leave the best possible impression on the public
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from the supervisor/director as well as report planned or unplanned absences to them
  • Treat staff, clients and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the Y’s resources
  • Perform volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably, and to the best of the volunteer’s ability
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s guiding principles, the mission, and values of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John Volunteer identification as required


Time Commitment:
  Daytime, evenings or weekends for one to two hours per week

Benefits:

  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the Mission, Vision and Values of the YMCA
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills and gain valuable work experience, volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of an individual, and gives real examples of their commitment, dedication and interests

Program: Health, Membership & Recreation (HMR)

Location: Saint John Regional Y, 191 Churchill Blvd, Saint John, NB E2K 3E2

Qualifications & Skills: Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening. YMCA certified (FNB certification or equivalency with the opportunity to challenge the YMCA certification). First Aid and CPR certified. Knowledge of exercise principles and technology. Strong interpersonal and communications skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of fitness levels in a diverse community.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide Zumba training and class instruction on a regular or substitution basis
  • All volunteers will be trained to assist the HMR team with providing tours of Y facilities and providing membership information and excellent customer service to guests
  • Volunteer fitness instructors are required to spend time becoming acquainted with the Y’s philosophy, facilities, procedures, and other volunteers
  • Use respectable language at all times
  • Be well-groomed and appropriately dressed in clothing that is fitting for the position and that will leave the best possible impression on the public
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from supervisors and/or directors and reporting planned or unplanned absences to them
  • Treat staff, clients, and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the Y’s resources
  • Perform volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably, and to the best of one’s ability
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s guiding principles, mission, and values
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John volunteer identification as required
  • Participate in orientation and training programs when required

Time commitment: A one-hour shift twice weekly

Benefits:

  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the mission, vision, and values of the YMCA
  • Opportunity to enhance skills and learn new skills in a fitness facility environment
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills and gain valuable work experience — volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of an individual and gives real examples of their commitment, dedication, and interests
  • Reference letter supplied with successful volunteer experience upon request
Newcomer Connections

Volunteer: First Friend

Location: Saint John, New Brunswick

Organization: YMCA of Greater Saint John

Department: Newcomer Connections

Commitment Requirement:  Minimum 6 month commitment. We recommend two hours of visit time per week.

Nature and Scope

The First Friend initiative is designed to create a natural, unique friendship with your newcomer match while assisting them in adjusting to life in Canada and encouraging them to become independent. This volunteer works alongside the Settlement Counsellor and is coordinated by the Volunteer Liaisons, Rehab Moukhtar r.moukhtar@saintjohny.ca and Brian Boudreau b.boudreau@saintjohny.ca

Major Responsibilities: 

  • Attend orientation and training session for volunteers.
  • Introduce the newcomer to the city of Saint John and some of the resources it has to offer through guided tours or visits throughout the city.
  • Offer support and guidance in learning to shop for groceries and other common needs.
  • Offer the newcomer an opportunity to regularly practice his or her English in an informal setting.
  • Take time to learn and understand the culture and values of the newcomer while simultaneously teaching an appreciation for Canadian traditions and values.
  • Introduce the newcomer to social and recreational activities.
  • Some activities include but are not limited to: share meals, go for walks or to the park, attend free events around the city, explore the history that Saint John has to offer.
  • There is no fiscal responsibility that comes with this role.
  • Encourage Newcomers to be independent whenever possible and allow them to learn and grow from the choices they make.

AppreciationThe Newcomer Connections Team would like to thank all volunteers for their time and effort. 

Volunteer: Homework Club Tutor

Location: Saint John, New Brunswick

Organization: YMCA of Greater Saint John

Department: Newcomer Connections

Commitment Requirement:  Thursday evenings, 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., September to June (school year).

Nature and Scope

Homework Club is an afterschool tutoring program offered to newcomer students in Middle and High school. Homework Club Tutors help newcomer children of all backgrounds especially those who have come to Canada as refugees. The Homework Club Tutor provides tutoring support so that students can reach their academic goals and can adapt and integrate faster into the New Brunswick education system. Homework Club Tutors primarily provide support in Middle and High School Math, English, Science and ESL (English as a Second Language). This position works alongside Newcomer Connections’ School Coordinators, Kimchi Nguyen and Shereen Khattab.

Responsibilities

  • Attend orientation and training.
  • Update the Homework Club online schedule as per availability.
  • Notify the School Coordinator scheduled or the Volunteer Liaison if unable to attend.
  • Assist and support educational activities for students ranging from ages 12-18 who attend the Homework Club as well as aid with any school material they bring.
  • Ensure the safety and security of the student when working together.
  • Communicate openly and regularly with the School Coordinators.
  • Keep the School Coordinators informed of any issues that may impact tutoring.
  • Listen to and respect the thoughts and viewpoints of the student, and focus on their strengths.
  • Report to the Volunteer Liaisons, Rehab Moukhtar r.moukhtar@saintjohny.ca or Brian Boudreau b.boudreau@saintjohny.ca regarding topics that relate to the volunteer experience.
  • Submit tutoring hours to the Volunteer Liaison.

Appreciation: The Newcomer Connections Team would like to thank all volunteers for their time and effort.

Location: Saint John, New Brunswick

Organization: YMCA of Greater Saint John

This volunteer works alongside the Settlement Counsellor and is coordinated by the Volunteer Liaisons, Rehab Moukhtar r.moukhtar@saintjohny.ca and Brian Boudreau b.boudreau@saintjohny.ca.

Nature and Scope:

Every year, the YMCA of Greater Saint John Newcomer Connections Centre welcomes and helps settle approximately 68 Government Assisted Refugees (GAR) through the Resettlement Assisted Program (RAP).

The Interpretation Team provides interpreting services between all Newcomers with very limited English proficiency, the YMCA Settlement Team and YMCA Volunteers. The interpreter can be either volunteer or contracted and help make communication easier so that Newcomers can better participate and understand their settlement process. Interpreters are coordinated by the Interpretation Team.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Attend a training and orientation session for volunteers.
  • Facilitate effective communication between families, the YMCA Settlement Team and the YMCA Volunteer Welcome Teams by interpreting between languages
  • Attend various appointments and meetings with new families and act as interpreter
  • Render information accurately, quickly, and clearly
  • Be reliable and professional
  • Provide GARs with any other relevant support to enhance their transition and settlement in Saint John

Structure of the Interpreter Team

The Interpreter Team is comprised of members who will liaise with the Y Newcomer Connections Settlement Team and the YMCA Volunteer Welcome Teams to help GAR families with language-related settlement barriers towards successful integration in Saint John.

This opportunity would be very suitable for residents of Saint John who speak Swahili, Somali, Dari, or Pashto along with English.

Appreciation: The Newcomer Connections Team is thankful to all volunteers for their time and effort.

Location: Saint John, New Brunswick

Organization: YMCA of Greater Saint John

Department: Newcomer Connections

Commitment Requirement: Assist with new arrivals during their early settlement days in Canada.

Nature and Scope:

This role works alongside the Resettlement Counsellors who are responsible for the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP). This on-call role is crucial in assisting the RAP Team and Newcomer during their initial weeks in Canada, to ensure that they feel supported in their new community. As an Arrival Support Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to meet and assist newly arrived Government Assisted Refugees (GAR). The new arrivals are in a new country, a new city, with a new language, new food, laws, and culture; they may be alone, with no family, contacts, or friends. The extent of aid needed will be subject to the number of arrivals and each individual circumstance.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Attend an orientation session for volunteers and any relevant ongoing training provided.
  • You will be notified of new arrivals in order to confirm your availability. Corresponding duties will be assigned on an on-call basis.
  • The Resettlement Team will introduce you to the new GAR family/individual.
  • Duties may be split amongst multiple individuals/families and may include but are not limited to:
  • Help provide meals during the temporary accommodation period
  • Evening, Weekend, and/or Holiday visits to hotel (temporary accommodation)
  • Help with move in/set-up in the new home (i.e.: curtains, putting furniture together, unpacking)
  • Record number of volunteer hours and submit to the Volunteer Liaisons, Rehab Moukhtar r.moukhtar@saintjohny.ca or Brian Boudreau b.boudreau@saintjohny.ca on the first Monday of each new month.

Appreciation: The Newcomer Connections Team is thankful to all volunteers for their time and effort.

Location: Saint John, New Brunswick

Organization: YMCA of Greater Saint John

Department: Newcomer Connections

This volunteer works alongside the Settlement Counsellor and is coordinated by the Volunteer Liaisons, Rehab Moukhtar r.moukhtar@saintjohny.ca and Brian Boudreau b.boudreau@saintjohny.ca.

Commitment Requirement: On-going and on an on-call basis.

Nature and Scope:

Every year, the YMCA of Greater Saint John Newcomer Connections Centre welcomes and helps settle Government Assisted Refugees (GAR) through the Resettlement Assisted Program (RAP).

During the first few years of a newcomer’s life in Canada, they may require some assistance in navigate systems and services in the greater Saint John area. As a Community Guide, you will provide practical orientation to help refugees navigate appointments in the community and become empowered towards independence.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work with Life Skills Coordinator to assist newcomer orientation to key community services
  • Assist newcomers towards independence in travel to and from medical, dental and optical appointments in a timely manner
  • Assist newcomers to learn registration processes at community services
  • Assist newcomers to navigate systems at hospitals, clinics and other public services
  • Assist newcomers to become independently able to make and attend future appointments and services
  • Empower newcomers towards independence in navigating public services and systems
  • Attend ongoing training programs for Community Guides at Y Newcomer Connections
  • Submit activity report to Life Skills Coordinator
  • Report to the Life Skills Coordinator

Appreciation: The Newcomer Connections Team would like to thank all volunteers for their time and effort.

Location: Saint John, New Brunswick

Organization: YMCA of Greater Saint John

Department: Newcomer Connections

Commitment Requirement: A 3-month commitment of a minimum of 1 hour per week.

Nature and Scope:

English Additional Language Tutors provide English language support to Newcomer clients who may or may not be currently enrolled in a LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) program. After receiving relevant training, they meet with the adult learners individually to help them improve their English Literacy skills. This position reports to the Volunteer Liaisons, Rehab Moukhtar r.moukhtar@saintjohny.ca and Brian Boudreau b.boudreau@saintjohny.ca

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Computer Skills (MS Word, Internet Explorer)
  • Minimum High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Strong English Proficiency
  • Cultural Sensitivity

Major Responsibilities:

  • Complete Volunteer Application and provide a clear Criminal Record Check prior to commencing
  • Attend orientation and relevant training sessions provided by Newcomer Connections. (Introduction to Newcomer Connections/Cultural Competency.)
  • Work one-on-one with beginner-level ESL (English as a Second Language) students to provide literacy instruction.
  • Use relevant and appropriate resources for instruction. ( A guide of resources will be provided during training session)
  • Update the Volunteer Liaison on any issues in a timely manner.
  • Complete monthly progress reports using the framework provided and submit to the Community Volunteer Liaison, k.pierce@saintjohny.ca on the first Monday of each month.

Appreciation: The Newcomer Connections Team would like to thank all volunteers for their time and effort.

Location: Saint John, New Brunswick

Organization: YMCA of Greater Saint John

Department: Newcomer Connections

Commitment Requirement: A minimum 3-month commitment – 3 hours/week.

Nature and Scope:

The Classroom Assistant works with ESL (English as a Second Language) learners who are attending LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) classes. He or she helps ESL learners to achieve their individual learning goals through targeted one-on-one or small group instruction in a classroom environment, with guidance from the ESL instructor. This position works alongside the classroom Instructor and reports to the Volunteer Liaisons, Rehab Moukhtar r.moukhtar@saintjohny.ca and Brian Boudreau b.boudreau@saintjohny.ca

Major Responsibilities:

  • Attend orientation and relevant training provided by Newcomer Connections.
  • Work one-on-one or in a small group with beginner level ESL students in a classroom environment.
  • Provide instruction appropriate to class level and ensure the student receives the necessary individualized training.
  • Supervise classroom assessments ensuring students complete the work on their own.
  • Encourage students to ask questions and speak in English whenever possible.
  • Bring an enthusiastic attitude to class that boosts confidence in student’s willingness to learn and succeed.
  • Possible duty to laminate, photo copy, hole punch, staple, etc…
  • Provide progress updates to the relevant ESL instructor.
  • Advise the Volunteer Liaison of any issues in a timely manner.
  • Keep track of monthly hours by signing in and out each time you are present in a classroom.

Appreciation: The Newcomer Connections Team would like to thank all volunteers for their time and effort.

Older Adults

Volunteer Position: Digital Literacy Program Volunteer

Program: Digital Literacy

Location: Saint John Regional Y, 191 Churchill Blvd. Saint John, NB E2K 3E2

Description: The Digital Literacy program is a program to help older adults access and use technology. We are looking for volunteers to do one-on-one sessions with older adults, training will be provided. These sessions are geared towards the participants and what they want to learn in regards to technology. This program will be available virtually as well as in-person making sure that social distancing measures are being maintained Qualifications and Skills: Completed Connected Canadians training. Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening and Department of Social Development required.

Responsibilities

  • Assist older adults with the understanding of different forms of technology
  • Provide a safe and inviting learning environment
  • Use respectable language at all times
  • Well-groomed and appropriately dressed in clothing that is fitting for the position and that will leave the best possible impression on the public.
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from the Supervisor/Director as well as reporting planned or unplanned absence to the Supervisor/Director
  • Treat staff, clients and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s resources
  • Perform Volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably and to the best of the Volunteer’s ability
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s Guiding Principles, the Mission Statement as well as the Values of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John Volunteer identification as required
  • Participate in orientation and training programs when required
  • Time Commitment: Minimum of 1 hour a week

Benefits

  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the Mission, Vision and Values of the YMCA
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills and gain valuable work experience, volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of an individual, and gives real examples of their commitment, dedication and interests
Mental Health Programs

Volunteer Position: Rainbows Facilitators

Program: Rainbows

Location: Saint John Regional Y, 191 Churchill Blvd. Saint John, NB E2K 3E2

The Rainbows Program offers a peer support programs for children who have experienced a separation, divorce, death or other painful transition within their family. The mission of Rainbows is to assist participants through their pain and confusion, build self-esteem and learn positive coping strategies to deal with their loss. Volunteers who are interested in becoming Rainbows facilitators will receive the proper training to be able to hold peer support group sessions.
*Must be at least 19 years of age*
Youth

The Y LEAD program allows youth in our community to develop not only leadership-based skills but also life skills. This program is important for youth, our YMCA, and our community.

Program Information

  • Participants: youth, ages 12 – 18
  • Program dates: school year, September – June
  • Cost: FREE

Benefits & Community Impact

  • Potential to serve 50 youth from East Saint John’s priority neighbourhoods
  • The structured skill-building program increases the chances of success outside of school
  • The focus on employability skills will help reduce generational poverty in our communities
  • Encourages youth to make friendships and connections outside of their neighbourhood

Participants learn a variety of important lessons — from what is a leader, and what does leadership mean, to discussing respect and ownership. These lessons allow youth to be active and become positive role models in their own social communities, at school and with their extra-curricular activities. Opportunities also allow youth to mentor kids in various sports and art-based activities, where they can further develop their leadership skills and toolboxes.

The youth host fundraising initiatives and volunteer for a variety of community organizations and learn about missions. The continuation of this program is more important than ever due to the COVID impact of online learning and physical distancing. Our youth currently in the program, are becoming stronger, confident, and pro-social Saint-Johners. They are able to carry their newly developed skills with them for the rest of their lives and implement them in new ways every day.

This is a 9-month program with weekly 2-hour meetings, with occasional time on weekends for volunteer opportunities. There is a maximum of 40 youth per year. They are also broken down into groups of 20: a Junior Group, aged 12-15, and a Senior Group, aged 16-18, each meeting separately.

For more information, contact youthleadership@saintjohny.ca.

What is YCAN?

YCAN is a national program that supports youth, ages 15 to 30, who face barriers on a regular basis as they develop and deliver service projects that respond to issues and needs, that matter to them, in their local community.

In partnership with 16 other YMCAs across Canada, youth from underrepresented communities are brought together to meet others from different backgrounds, discover their potential, and see their ability to create impact in the world around them; meeting them where they are, to increase their social and employment skills, confidence, and community engagement.

The YCAN Coordinator is dedicated to engaging with youth and structuring a program that meets them where they are so they can belong, grow, thrive, and lead as they imagine, develop, and carry out service projects.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Meet youth from the surrounding communities;
  • Be a part of a community that sees a brighter future and care about being part of it;
  • Make a positive impact in the community through the planning, development and implementation of service projects based on community need and participant interest;
  • Develop social and professional skills for future employment and volunteer opportunities;
  • Explore personal interests through a variety of experiential learning opportunities;
  • Where applicable, receive high school credits and volunteer hours for your participation; and
  • Receive support from the YCAN Coordinator and a reference for future endeavours.

Your Commitment

To get the most out of the program we ask that the youth be accountable to the rest of their group and treat their attendance to YCAN as they would with employment. When the group meets will be scheduled based on what works for the majority of the participant and kept consistent. Any changes or additional meetings will be scheduled and agreed upon as a group.

Many of us face barriers of all kinds when participating in programs and courses. YCAN is structured so that everyone can participate to the best of their ability and in a way that is meaningful to them. If there is a barrier keeping you from participating in YCAN, please reach out to your YCAN Coordinator.

Registration for YCAN is ongoing. You are welcome to join us at any time!

For more information, please contact the YCAN Coordinator or learn more online HERE.

Kendra Gautreau: +1-506-333-5550 | k.gautreau@saintjohny.ca

Volunteer Position: Youth Program Volunteer

Program: Youth Programs

Location: Saint John Regional Y, 191 Churchill Blvd, Saint John, NB, E2K 3E2,

Qualifications and Skills: Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening, flexible, energetic, creative and patient (minimum age requirement 12 years and up)

Responsibilities

  • Assist Youth Program Leads with children during all activities inside or outside the centre
  • Assist Youth Program Leads with preparation as well as participating in field trips and community events while providing continued assistance to the educator
  • Assist Youth Program Leads with set up and tear down of programs
  • Ensure proper registration sign in/ sign out of each child in the centre, enforces one- hour thirty minute time limit
  • Be positive, helpful and welcoming at all times
  • Use respectful language at all times
  • Well-groomed and appropriately dressed in clothing that is fitting for the position and that will leave the best possible impression on the public
  • Treat staff, clients and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the YMCA of Greater Saint John resources
  • Preform Volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably and to the best of the Volunteer’s ability
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John Volunteer identification as required

Time Commitment:  Flexible volunteer hours based on program schedule and volunteers availability

Benefits:

  • Be a part of YMCA team and promote the Mission, Vision and Values of the YMCA
  • Opportunity to enhance skills as well as learn and develop new skills in a fitness facility environment
  • Gain valuable customer service experience
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills and gain valuable work experience, volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of an individual, and gives real examples of their commitment, dedication and interests
  • Reference letter supplied with successful volunteer experience upon request

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Questions?

If you’d like to learn more about volunteering with the Y, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: volunteer@saintjohny.ca | +1-506-646-2116