Edwardsville YMCA Volunteer Procedures and Requirements

Edwardsville YMCA Breakers Volunteers


Thank you for donating your time and talents as a YMCA Swim Team volunteer! Volunteers are vital to the YMCA and without them; we wouldn’t be able to meet the needs of the kids, families, and adults who live in Edwardsville. The success of our Swim Team program is dependent on support and involvement from volunteers like you.

The YMCA makes an active effort to prevent abuse and is in compliance with the Safe Sport Act and Y-USA volunteer requirements. So even though we may know you well, we are required to conduct criminal background and reference checks, and have our volunteers complete required training on Child Abuse Prevention and Mandated Reporting. It’s just one of the many ways we help protect children and other vulnerable people served by the YMCA. Thanks for your cooperation in this effort. 

The following provides the procedures and requirements for Edwardsville YMCA Volunteers.

Edwardsville YMCA Volunteer Procedures

  1. Complete Volunteer Packet
    • Can be accessed online on the Edwardsville YMCA website on the Volunteer page, https://edwardsvilleymca.com/our-mission-our-focus/volunteering-at-the-y/
    • This packet will consist of an application and required forms including a mandated reporter form. 
    • A criminal background check will be conducted and must be successfully completed and repeated annually on volunteers.
    • 3 personal references must be provided along with email and phone contact information.
    • You must update the application annually or with each new volunteer opportunity.  Log in, select your application on file, and update it with any changes and/or the date you are applying.

  1. Complete Online Training:

            (1) Child Abuse Prevention (must be repeated annually)

  • You will receive an email from Armatus that will provide information on how to access and take Abuse Prevention Training. After completing the training, please save it as a pdf file and attach it to an email to llawson@edwymca.com.
  • We will also accept an unexpired certificate showing completion of the US Center for Safe Sport Athlete Protection Training.

            (2) State of Illinois DCFS Mandated Reporter Training (one time only)

*PLEASE NOTE THAT UNDER THE SAFE SPORT ACT, YOU MUST ALSO MAKE A MANDATED REPORT TO THE U.S. CENTER FOR SAFE SPORT FOR ALL USA SPORTS* https://safesport.org/report-a-concern.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jean Wopat, Human Resources Director, jwopat@edwymca.com, 656-0436

Liz Nava, Human Resources Assistant, lnava@edwymca.com, 656-0436

Lauren Lawson, Volunteer Compliance Assistant, llawson@edwymca.com, 656-0436