Community YMCA Adult Volunteer: Clifford Courtice

Why do you volunteer?

For me, volunteering is an incredibly rewarding and energizing experience.  Initially, I was drawn to volunteering as a way to help others by sharing my own learnings and life experiences.  I soon realized that the true benefit was much greater – for any small contribution that I might make, there was much more that I got back in the form of expanded learning and understanding, new shared experiences and new social connections.

Why do you volunteer with the YMCA specifically?

Broadly speaking, I appreciate the values that the YMCA embodies as an organization and the work that the YMCA does in the community.  More specifically, I am inspired by the energetic, intelligent and caring individuals who I encounter there through my volunteer association with the  Mathematics Tutoring Program and the Alternate Suspension Program.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering

My favorite thing about volunteering is best explained through my association with the Mathematics Tutoring Program.  As students’ gain confidence in their math abilities, they also gain confidence in themselves.  They realize that math is not as confounding and mysterious as they have thought it to be and that they “get it” – it is that moment of realization that I live for in my volunteer experience.

What is your YMCA story? What brought you here?

I have been a YMCA member for almost 30 years.  A workout at the Y before going to the office became part of my routine throughout much of my working career.  In the last few years as I have transitioned from full time employment, I have continued my regular fitness routine and also taken advantage of some of the programs offered such as swimming stroke improvement.  I enjoy the friendly atmosphere that the YMCA staff exude and the social connections forged with other Y “regulars”.