The Y’s member-led volunteer program.
WHAT IS IT?
Togetherhood®, the Y’s member-led volunteer service program, connects people from all backgrounds to plan and implement volunteer projects that respond to their communities’ most pressing needs. In the process, volunteers form lasting connections with one another, reducing social isolation and creating more cohesive communities. Together we can make a difference.
GOOD FOR INDIVIDUALS
Volunteering improves people’s well-being, helps them forge strong relationships, and gives them an outlet to explore their passions and discover their purpose. Research shows that volunteers experience wellness benefits, including lower depression, improved mood and self-esteem, less stress, better heart health and lower mortality rates.
GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY
Togetherhood leverages the Y’s powerful network and cause-driven mission to unlock people’s potential to improve lives and contribute to a stronger and more connected society.
A culture of volunteerism can yield social benefits that extend beyond individual projects, including lower unemployment, greater income equality, and youth that are more likely to stay in school and avoid risky behaviors.
GOOD FOR THE Y
Through Togetherhood, the Y is mobilizing a movement of highly engaged members who are using their creativity, passion and hard work to transform communities. In the process, we’re demonstrating to potential donors and partners that we’re more than just a gym and swim—we’re a charity dedicated to strengthening community.
Volunteers donate ten times more money than people who don’t volunteer and two out of three volunteers give their money where they give their time. Plus, when members make friends at the Y, they are more likely to stay!