Frequently Asked Questions
Does your YMCA provide childcare?
Yes. The Y provides care for 18 months through 8th grade. Our Early Learning Center offers care for children 18 months – 5 years old through Toddler and Pre-School programs. The Y also provides Before and After School care from kindergarten through 8th grade in schools throughout the area featuring structured activities that keep kids engaged and happy while parents work.
Do you offer summer camp?
Yes. Our Discovery Camp program offers summer camp for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade. Children who have completed 6th grade through 9th grade become part of our Leaders in Training camp program.
Does the Community YMCA have a swimming pool?
No. As a non-facility Y branch we do not have a pool or fitness facilities. During the summer we utilize local pools and lakes to facilitate swim lessons.
Does the Community YMCA offer CPR training?
Yes. Throughout the year the Y may offer CRP/First aid training dates, please call for more information.
How old do I need to be to work at the Y?
We begin hiring staff for our child care programs at age 17.
Where can I find out more about working at the Y?
Visit our Y Careers page for more information on open positions and employment opportunities.
What types of volunteer opportunities are there for adults?
We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to match your passion, skills, and schedule. You can be involved in: our Boards of Directors and Committees, raising funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community; motivating and supporting youth in building the character strengths, skills, and relationships; advocating for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation and your community; or participating in opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
You must be 14 years of age to volunteer, although we do offer summer LIT programs for youth under the age of 14.
What types of volunteer opportunities are there for teens/youth?
We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to match your passion, skills, and schedule. You can be involved in: raising funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community; motivating and supporting children in building the character strengths, skills, and relationships on site in our child care programs; or participating in opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
Can my child earn volunteer credit hours for school?
YMCA staff can validate the necessary school paperwork when youth complete their volunteer hours for a particular activity or event.
Do I have to be a member to volunteer?
We are always looking for community volunteers to support our programs and special events. Anyone volunteering must have an application and references on file prior to starting their volunteer assignment. The Volunteer Handbook must also be reviewed.
Is the YMCA a charitable organization?
Yes, the YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester is a non-profit 501 C (3) organization. All donations made to the YMCA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Who benefits from my donation?
When you donate to the Community YMCA, 100% of your donation is used to subsidize program costs or to provide financial assistance to children in need here in the local community. Click here for more information about making a donation.
Do you offer housing at the Y?
The White Plains Y offers affordable housing.
Does the Community YMCA offer lifeguard training?
White Plains Y offers lifeguard training in two pools.