Community volunteers help us enhance our programs by serving in a variety of different ways.  We have many opportunities for groups and individuals to play an important role in bettering the lives of young people in our community.  Have an idea?  Let us know!  Contact us, get plugged in, and be a part of our mission to transform troubled teens into productive adults.   

    We appreciate all your support and involvement in making this vision reality!


Ambassador Program

  • Become a UMYH ambassador to your church or community organization.   You can help acquaint others with our mission and communicate news, events, and any UMYH needs to your church or organization. 

Live and Learn Workshop

  • Share an interest or hobby with our residents.  Providing a Live and Learn Workshop can be a long-term commitment or a one-time project done by a group or individual.  A workshop can also be done for the students in our Day Treatment Program.

Throw a Holiday Party

  • This is an opportunity for a group or individual to throw a holiday party for either the residents or the students.  Parties for ALL holidays are encouraged!  This would include providing decorations and refreshments. 

Sponsor a Game Night

  • Our kids love playing games, whether it be board games, card games, etc.  This is a great opportunity for a small group of volunteers to come in one evening and bring a variety of games to play with the youth.  This could also include providing pizzas and sodas!  During the school year, the weekends are ideal. 

Sponsor a Family Night

  • Once a month we have a Family Night, in which we invite the residents’ families to come for dinner and one of our therapists provide an interactive activity.  This opportunity would include providing the dinner for the evening and helping to serve the residents and their families.

Put on a Performance

  • If you are part of a singing or performance group, you are welcome to come out and present your gifts and skills to our youth.  We can schedule your or your group for your own night or we may even be able to organize it around an event we’re already planning in order to make it more fun like our Annual Tea.  No performance is too big or too small!

Treat Baskets

  • UMYH residents and students celebrate all the holidays, and the youth love getting special treat baskets.  This opportunity would include creating treat baskets for either the residents or the students (Easter baskets, Halloween treat bags, etc.)

Memory Books

  • Memory Books allow us to capture each youth’s journey throughout their treatment at UMYH.  Their Memory Books document their progress through our program.  This is great for those who love scrapbooking!  This opportunity is a commitment of meeting at UMYH at least once a month for a couple of hours.  For this opportunity, volunteers must be 21 years of age or older.


  • Are you interested in a career in social service, development, or administration?  Are you looking for an opportunity to gain real world experience and credit for a college course?  We have internship opportunities for students in several fields.  

Office Assistance

  • This is an opportunity to help with various needs in the office.  Projects could include:  helping with mailings, sorting Campbell’s labels for education program, helping wrap Christmas presents, sorting donated items, or other projects as needed.

Skilled Service Support

  • Are you skilled in carpentry, construction, car maintenance, or landscaping?  If you or your group would like to help us renovate, build, or fix up something on campus it would be a great help!  We are repurposing some of our buildings, updating spaces in others, and there’s a fleet of vehicles that you can help service.  We may even be able to make it a teaching moment for some of the kids.  Projects could include: upkeep of our campus garden, landscaping, painting, and building maintenance.


Event Support

  • Every year we have several fundraising initiatives in order to help fund our mission.  We could use your help setting up at these events or even performing at them.  If you have an eye for decorations or would just like to lend a helping hand we’ll find a place where you can.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or share your ideas, please contact Travis at (812) 479-7535 or email tjohnson@umyh.com.