The Copple Family YMCA Indoor Pool/Whirlpool/Aqua Track area is closed temporarily for modifications. The Lincoln YMCA will keep you updated as each modification phase nears completion. 




At the Y, one of our primary areas of focus is Social Responsibility: With our doors open to all, we work every day to connect people from all backgrounds across Lincoln and support those who need us most. We provide funds to youth and families in need to take part in our programs and services.

Donating to the Lincoln YMCA means providing a child with a chance to build confidence in YMCA Youth Sports, find a lifelong friend at Camp Kitaki, learn life-saving skills in swim lessons...and so much more. But we need your help.

Our Annual Campaign-Strong Kids, is our primary fundraising effort. Browse the links to the left to learn about our incredibly important cause and how you can help make Lincoln a stronger community — in spirit, mind and body.

If you would like to donate your time and talents instead, we have many volunteer opportunities ranging from helping at an event for a couple of hours to serving on a year-round committee that helps shape your YMCA, Camp Kitaki and Youth Sports programs. There's a list of current opportunities at the bottom of this page. 

Thank you for your consideration and support of our Lincoln kids!


Our 2016 Volunteers of the Year share their stories:

Volunteer Opportunities
  • 'Market 2 Market Course Volunteers'

    August 17, 2017 - 5:01pm

    Assist runners at crossing points during the Market 2 Market relay race. 84th & MoPac Trail Head, 70th & O, 66 & O or Cotner & Vine St.  Volunteers needed from 1:45 -5 pm or 4:45 pm to 8 pm.



  • 'Fallbrook Youth Triathlon'

    June 21, 2017 - 2:32pm

    The Fallbrook YMCA will be hosting the first annual Youth Triathlon. The route will start and end at the Fallbrook YMCA with a race route through the Fallbrook neighborhood.

    All Triathlon proceeds benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign-Strong Kids. Funds raised provide youth and families in need the opportunity to take part in our life-shaping YMCA programs.

    Volunteers are needed for a one-time commitment of 3-4 hours on August 19, 2017, during the hours of 8:00am-Noon. 

    Contact Melissa Walker at to volunteer.

    Thank you for your interest!

  • 'Northeast Strong Kids Carnival'

    June 21, 2017 - 2:26pm

    The Northeast YMCA Strong Kids Carnival is a night of carnival games (25cents/ game or 5 games for $1.00), face painting, bounce houses, a cake walk along with dinner ($2.00/ Person), and fantastic fun prizes. Admission is free and open to the public.

    All carnival proceeds benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign-Strong Kids. Funds raised provide youth and families in need the opportunity to take part in our life-shaping YMCA programs.

    Volunteers are needed for a one-time commitment of 3-4 hours on July 26, 2017, during the hours of 3:00-7:30pm. 

    Contact Geoff Weller at to volunteer.

    Thank you for your interest!

  • 'Marathon Aid Station Volunteers'

    February 26, 2016 - 3:02pm

    Help set up the YMCA aid station and cheer on runners in one of Lincoln’s largest community events: the Lincoln Marathon/Half Marathon on Sunday, May 7.  

    We need help setting up the YMCA station along the trail at 30th Street and Highway 2, pouring and setting up all of the water/Gatorade cups for a race day that sees over 12,000 runners! High fives and encouragement are free throughout ... and very needed.

    Help is needed between 5am-11am. Time will fly by and you’ll be inspired by all of the runners you root for!

    You can stay the entire time, or sign up for a 2-hour shift. 

    Cleanup help is needed as well after the race. 

    If you'd like to help, please contact Kim Frank at the Downtown YMCA: or call 402-434-9233. 

    Thank you for your interest and support of the YMCA and all the runners! 

  • 'Northeast YMCA Committee of Management'

    February 26, 2016 - 2:50pm

    Northeast YMCA Committee of Management is composed of volunteers who are responsible to the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Lincoln, Nebraska. The committee’s function is global, functioning in a wide-ranging context, providing policy guidance, direction and advice while leaving the specific details to the staff to implement.

    About 6-8 meetings are scheduled each year. Meetings are generally the third Tuesday evening of each non-summer month. All members will be notified of changes due to holidays, etc. There may also be some special YMCA events.


    • Enthusiasm and interest in the YMCA, the branch, kids, families, and the surrounding community.
    • Willingness to devote time, effort, and personal resources to the working needs of the branch.
    • Special skills, knowledge and expertise that are needed by the branch.
    • Ability to represent the community and interpret needs and views.
    • Willingness to accept and support decisions reached through the COM or other YMCA governing agencies.

    Step 1: Fill out attached application.

    Step 2: Read the attached waiver below.


    Step 3: Contact Geoff Weller for more information at

    Thank you for your interest!

  • 'Healthy Kids Day '

    February 26, 2016 - 2:23pm

    Healthy Kids Day is a free annual event for kids and families in the community at the Cooper YMCA, happening this year on April 29.

    Areas where help is needed:

    • Set up 9am-10am 
    • Event help from 10am–1pm
    • Clean up 2pm-3pm

    For specific questions, please call the Cooper YMCA at 402-323-6400.

  • 'YMCA Youth Sports Adventure Run '

    February 26, 2016 - 2:12pm

    The Lincoln YMCA Youth Sports Adventure Run is a fun run/obstacle course for the entire family that spans about 2 miles. The race culminates in a crawl through a mud pit. 

    All run proceeds benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign-Strong Kids. Funds raised provide youth and families in need the opportunity to take part in our life-shaping YMCA programs, including Youth Sports.

    Volunteers are needed for a onetime commitment of 2-3 hours on July 4, 2017.

    Contact Troy Pekas at to volunteer.

    Thank you for your interest!

  • 'YMCA Youth Sports Coaches'

    February 26, 2016 - 1:51pm

    Coaches are needed year-round for all YMCA Youth Sports: soccer, flag football, basketball, volleyball, baseball/softball, lacrosse, golf, tennis, and cheerleading. All YMCA Youth Sports leagues rely on volunteer coaches.

    We strive to incorporate a positive, low-key, inclusive atmosphere for our participants, and we provide manuals, clinics and mentors to get coaches started. 

    You’ll invest only 1 or 2 hours a week for the sport's season, but make a lifelong impact on the kids playing. Seasons typically run 4 to 8 weeks.

    Step 1: Fill out this application.

    Step 2: Contact Todd Johnson at or 402.434.9219.

    Thank you for your interest!