Developing Future Leaders
At the Y, our volunteers play a vital role in the success, quality, and quantity of programs we offer. We are able to give back to our community thanks to volunteers like Trinity Yates, who volunteered her time this summer at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA.
For the last several years, Trinity loved attending summer camp at the Y. So much so that when her time was ending as a camper, she didn’t want to leave. She soon learned of an opportunity to stay involved as a volunteer with the Y’s summer camp program.
During her time volunteering this summer, Trinity helped with craft stations, while working with kids in grades K-4.
“My favorite part was working with the kids, having fun and doing activities,” explained Trinity.
While having fun and staying involved at the Y has been a great experience for Trinity, her parents have seen an even more significant benefit to her volunteer opportunity.
“I have seen her grow and mature since becoming a volunteer,” said Trinity’s mother, Rasa Yates. “She has really flourished in the last couple of months.”
Trinity’s father added that it has been a wonderful experience watching his daughter go from a young child in camp to a responsible young woman. He laughed as he said, “It’s been “terriciting,” a terrifying and exciting experience watching her grow this summer.
Looking towards the future, Trinity plans to volunteer again at the Y and hopes to maybe one day become a summer camp counselor. She encourages those interested in volunteering to get more involved and Trinity’s mother couldn’t agree more.
“It’s a great volunteer program to give the kids a chance to go on after being a camper,” said Mrs. Yates. “It really prepares them for jobs in the future.”
On behalf of the Y and all the kids in the Avery Y’s summer camp program, we would like to thank Trinity for being such an important part of our summer camp family!
Do you want to be a part of something bigger? To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Y, please contact Volunteer and Development Operations Manager Dori Fugate via email at [email protected] or by phone at (815) 267-8600, ext. 210.