Madison Area YMCA In the News


Make A Difference—Become A Madison Area YMCA Volunteer in 2015

Jan 02, 2015

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Madison Area YMCA Marketing & Communications
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For Immediate Release to run through the month of January

Make A Difference—Become A Madison Area YMCA Volunteer in 2015

(Madison, NJ) January 2, 2015 – The Madison Area YMCA welcomes kind, energetic and reliable people to put their skills to work and make a meaningful impact in the community in 2015 by volunteering at the Y.

“It is a privilege to be able to work with volunteers who are so passionate about what they do for our Y,” said Madison Area YMCA Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa DeSalvo. “There are so many people in our community from all walks of life that come to volunteer to help make our community stronger. Having volunteers express how they are grateful to be able to give back to their community through the Y, is rewarding each and every day.”

Volunteers assist in programs, help in offices, serve on boards and committees, set policy, raise money, help maintain the facility and gain work experience. They may also be able to accumulate valuable hours for service groups such as Key Club, National Honor Society, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Greek organizations and houses of worship groups.

Ellie Shaft, who volunteers at Kids Central, the Y’s indoor playground, said that the kids have made a connection with her and really look forward to seeing her on Sundays. 

Maddie Mocko loves to volunteer her time doing anything and everything. Usually, she works with kids at Kids Central or at family events at the Y. Recently, she volunteered her time in the Human Resources department.

“It is refreshing to see that Maddie is genuinely interested in making a difference at our Y. She will volunteer her time in any department, whenever she can, and always does it with a smile,” said Ms. DeSalvo.

John Meehan, who volunteers in the sports department, assists the instructors in tennis, basketball, lacrosse and soccer classes. “The kids have formed a special bond with John and started referring to him as ‘Coach’, in and out of the class,” said Ms. DeSalvo.  

Volunteers can make an impact in many ways whether they volunteer one hour a week or a few hours a month. There’s something for everyone. Opportunities are available for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Volunteers can help by greeting members and guests at the Welcome Center, performing administrative duties, working in Kids Central and in Kirby Center classrooms, beautifying facilities/grounds, helping with the Annual Campaign or assisting with Dance, Performing Arts and Sports programs.

The Madison Area YMCA is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization. The Y believes that lasting personal and social change can come about only when the community works together.

For more information on volunteering at the Y, please email Melissa DeSalvo at or call 973-822-9622 ext. 2248. For more information on programs at the Madison Area YMCA, located at 111 Kings Road in Madison, visit