We are seeking volunteers are needed to assist in preschool and progressive gymnastics classes by helping kids, balance, jump, swing, and learn. The ideal volunteer would have experience in gymnastics and have a genuine interest in helping children of all skill-levels learn gymnastic skills.

  • Must be at least 14 years old

We believe in everyone regardless of ability level, that is why Inclusive and Adaptive programs exist here at the Y. Every individual deserves the opportunity to grow and thrive. We are driven to provide that opportunity for children and adults with disabilities.

Qualified volunteers and staff are trained to support and encourage each participant in these adaptive programs. We focus on participant’s needs and adapting the activities to ensure that everyone feels included.

Spring – Dahl Fitness For All – La Crosse

In this program, volunteers will work one on one with individuals with physical and/or cognitive abilities in the Wellness Center promoting participants to become familiar with strength and conditioning. This program is designed to develop physical fitness, social interactions and keep participants active while having fun with their volunteer buddy!

Commitment is Thursdays, March 24th – May 12th, from 6 – 7 pm

Spring – Houser Fitness For All – Onalaska

In this program, volunteers will work one on one with individuals with physical and/or cognitive abilities in the Wellness Center promoting participants to become familiar with strength and conditioning. This program is designed to develop physical fitness, social interactions and keep participants active while having fun with their volunteer buddy!

Commitment is Mondays, March 21st – May 9th, from 6 – 7 pm

Spring – Houser Gymnastics – Onalaska

Volunteers will support individuals with diverse physical and/or cognitive abilities to improve balance, coordination, and social skills all while having fun and working on overall physical fitness and strength in Adapted Gymnastics. This program will have a gymnastics instructor present to guide the class through skill development, inclusion volunteers will provide extra assistance to each participant, and will be sensory-friendly. All ability levels and backgrounds are welcome, no gymnastics experience is required!

Commitment is Sundays, March 30th – May 15th, from 12:40 – 1:50 pm

Spring – Dahl Gymnastics – La Crosse

Volunteers will support individuals with diverse physical and/or cognitive abilities to improve balance, coordination, and social skills all while having fun and working on overall physical fitness and strength in Adapted Gymnastics. This program will have a gymnastics instructor present to guide the class through skill development, inclusion volunteers will provide extra assistance to each participant, and will be sensory-friendly. All ability levels and backgrounds are welcome, no gymnastics experience is required!

Commitment is Fridays, March 28th – May 13th, from 4:30- 5 pm

Spring – Miracle League – Onalaska

Volunteers will work with individuals with physical and/or cognitive disabilities to play the game of baseball. This program is accepting and adaptive to all ability levels and backgrounds. These teams do not focus on the intent to win but rather focus on the enjoyment of everyone getting the chance to bat, play infield and outfield, and score runs. Games are played on a rubberized surface field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assisted devices. Volunteers play baseball with athletes and support them to do their best. No baseball experience is required!

This opportunity works with both youth and adults!

Commitment is Wednesday 5-5:45 pm and Saturdays from 10 am -12:15 pm, from April 13th – May 14th

Spring – A Chance to Dance – Onalaska

Volunteers will work with youth and adult participants to improve movement with a ballet emphasis. Dancers of all abilities will improve confidence, motor skills, and creative expression while having fun. Dancers will have the opportunity to perform at the YMCA Spring Dance Recital on Saturday, May 7th. No dance experience is required!

Commitment is Tuesdays, March 25th – May 7th, from 5:00 – 5:45 pm

School-age program volunteers are here to help keep our community’s children safe and provide a fun environment while they are away from home. Engage children in group activities such as arts, crafts, STEM, games, and sports all in a positive and safe environment before and/or after school. Join our School Age Team this fall/winter working at one of our before and after school programs at local elementary schools in La Crosse, Onalaska or Holmen. 

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and interact with children positively and appropriately at all times.
  • Support School Age Care Leaders in facilitating engaging group activities such as arts and crafts, STEM, games, sports, etc.
  • Build relationships by using names and initiating conversations with all children, parents/guardians, staff, and volunteers.

Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age.

Specific Details:

Volunteer for up to two shifts each weekday: 6:00-8:00 am and 3:00-6:00 pm.

School-Age Care Volunteers will volunteer on-site at elementary schools in the La Crosse, Onalaska, and Holmen school districts.