Financial assistance recipients are encouraged to volunteer at the YMCA. There are many volunteer opportunities available. YMCA volunteers are involved in leading group fitness classes, aquafit, youth programming, event planning, and facility maintenance. Some volunteers have special talents or skills that they provide for the Y. As a charitable organization, the YMCA is grateful to the hundreds of community volunteers who help out in many ways each day. The YMCA also encourages Financial Assistance recipients to write a brief note describing how the program has been of help to them. These may be shared with YMCA supporters, who appreciate knowing how their contributions are used.