Our civic-minded students and community members take social responsibility very seriously. We know that giving back and supporting our neighbors is a way to make a true impact and strengthen the community.

For more information about volunteering with any YMCA of the Palouse program, contact our volunteer coordinator at  or call the Y office at 509.332.3524

Special Olympics of Whitman County
The YMCA of the Palouse provides three seasonal sports for community members with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Volunteers who assist with Special Olympics events and practices nurture participants' social, physical, and emotional growth.  Days and times vary, but volunteers are expected to attend and assist at weekly practices for the duration of the season (typically approximately two months) and attend a final tournament with the athletes.

Special Olympics Young Athletes
The Y also has the Young Athletes program, which is an early program of Special Olympics geared towards children ages 2 to 7 with and without physical and intellectual disabilities. Practices are held bi-monthly on Saturdays, and last approximately 1.5 hours.

Elementary After School Programs
The Elementary After-School program is a perfect volunteer opportunity for those that either want to go into the education field, or just love to work with kids! This program serves children ages 5-12 at all 3 Pullman elementary schools. Volunteers assist with homework, curriculum, service learning opportunities and develop supportive relationships with participants. (2:45 pm - 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday). We ask that volunteers commit to at least one day per week over the course of the semester.

Practicums and Internships
Practicum hours can be fulfilled with any YMCA of the Palouse program. For 150 hours and above, we offer multiple different types of office internships. To complete 90 hours and above, students volunteer for our Elementary After School programs for at least 3 days/week. 45 hours can be fulfilled through the Elementary After School program or the Special Olympics program. 12 hours and under are best fulfilled through our Young Athletes program. More information can be found under specific program volunteer pages on our website.

We are currently unable to offer court ordered community service volunteer opportunities.