The YMCA at Virginia Tech has a variety of programs and opportunities that connect community residents and college students of differing cultures, ages, interests, incomes, and ideas. At our 1000 N. Main Street location, you can find our thrift shop, pottery studio, recycling center, event room, and smaller meeting/craft rooms available for community members to rent. These rooms also host some of the Y's 'Open Univeristy' classes, which are available for all those who are interested. The classes vary throughout the year and information on each class can be found on our website. One of The YMCA at VT's signature programs, the International Women's Mornings, connects women of all backgrounds through learning and fun activities every Tuesday in one of these rooms as well. The YMCA at Virginia Tech also sponsors two gardens, one of which has community plots that can be rented for use. Y members and volunteers work to maintain the gardens and some harvested fruits and vegetables even go back to the community.
The YMCA also has leadership and voulunteer possibilities for Virginia Tech students. They can join the YMCA Student Leadership Team and work directly with Y staff members on sustaining the organization. Students can also chose to fulfill internship or field study hours at the YMCA and learn first-hand how non-profit organizations run.There are opportunities for individuals to participate in the after-school programs, senior connections program, and the alternative spring break volunteer trips. Y student leaders also host Healthy Kids Day, a day fair where kids and families can have fun and learn about sustainability and healthy living. Similarly, student leaders assist the YMCA with Y-Toss, the annual, end-of-the-year donations collection on VT's campus.
I have loved my time serving the YMCA, both as a program leader for the Prices Fork Homework Club and as a field study student. Throughout my time in my field study, I have seen the ins-and-outs of how a non-profit organization operates, and I've taken on a new appreciation for what community organizations do for their community members. My experience as an organization member has helped me learn and grow, and it has also allowed me to have fun and make friends in the process.
All of The YMCA at Virginia Tech's programs and facilities aim to support and bring together the Montegomery County community, please consider donating to thise unique chapter of The YMCA!