Tri-Town YMCA Recognizes and Recruits Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2016), the Tri-Town YMCA joins the nation in encouraging individuals to seek ways to give back, while honoring those who dedicate themselves to helping strengthen communities.

“Our volunteers are the soul of the Y; without their selflessness we couldn’t do the work we do every day to help kids, families and communities thrive,” said Erica Whelan, Development Coordinator, Tri-Town YMCA. “By bringing people together from all walks of life around a shared purpose to do good, the Y is creating a stronger, more cohesive community. Together, we’re building a better us.”

Volunteer Judy Wardzala spends one day each week volunteering for the Y, and has made a deep impact within the office and Y programs. Of her time at Tri-Town YMCA, Wardzala says, “I am impressed at how the Y’s Kids program has progressed over the years since I began volunteering! It has developed into enhancing their educational experience versus just a place to go after school until their parents pick them up. I am happy to be able to contribute to that transition.”

With her weekly commitment the Y is able to accomplish important marketing and management tasks for Y programs.

“There are never enough ways to say thank you to Judy for everything she does for us. She is a part of our team, and her positive attitude and great work ethic are contagious,” said Kelly Hogan, Business Manager, Tri-Town YMCA. “We are very blessed to have her and so many other wonderful volunteers in our organization.

In addition to Judy, longstanding volunteers Gene Doretti & Donna Nosek have become an integral part of the Y’s day to day operations. They take the time each week to reach out to seniors in the community who request check in calls, often because they live alone without support of nearby family.

Donna Nosek has seen her involvement with the seniors evolve from a responsibility to, as she puts it, “a caring friendship”. “When you give you get back” she adds which is true of so many volunteer positions.

National Volunteer Week is a great time to find out more about upcoming volunteer opportunities with Tri-Town YMCA. Here are five ways individuals can take an active role at the Y and in their community:

  1. Provide breakfast this summer to children ages 18 and younger in need of a free, nutritious meal.
  2. Get involved with a Y mentoring or tutoring program to help youth learn new skills, build confidence and achieve their goals.
  3. Sign up to share your time and talent at one of the Y’s signature events such as the Annual Golf Classic, Friday, June 24, 2016; Tri-Town Toast in September; and the Christmas tree lot in December.
  4. Provide support and companionship to seniors living alone by making weekly check-in calls.
  5. Invite friends and neighbors to join you in contributing to a stronger community.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Tri-Town YMCA, contact Kelly Hogan at 630-629-9622 or email her at

As one of the leading nonprofits and volunteer organizations in the country, more than 600,000 people volunteer at the Y each year and here in Lombard, Villa Park & Oakbrook Terrace over 100 dedicated volunteers give back through such activities as mentoring youth, serving on our boards and spearheading fundraising drives. These opportunities also help volunteers enhance their personal well-being and develop meaningful relationships – all while making an impact in communities they care about.

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