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Volunteer of the Month: Ryan Pfau

Jun 27, 2018, 10:02 AM by Y Staff

Meet Ryan Pfau, Camp Santa Maria Volunteer Behavior Specialist

How long have you volunteered for the Y? This is my third week (as of writing this) volunteering with the YMCA of Boulder Valley.

Ryan Pfau is our volunteer of the monthHow do you support the Y? Here at YMCA Camp Santa Maria, my official title is behavior specialist, but my position here entails more than that. Some of the things I do at camp are: handle behavioral issues, assist in the planning and facilitation of skill tracks, lifeguard, assist cabin leaders with camper issues, prepare the cabins for overnight trips, create camper surveys and relay any important camper-specific info to the cabin leader.

Why did you decide to volunteer for the Y? It is a model organization for an agency that exists to benefit the community. The people who work here are kind and compassionate, and the things we do here at Camp Santa Maria are new to me, and it has been an amazing experience. 

How is this internship supporting your professional development? This internship is supporting my professional development by giving me an amazing chance to learn from people with experience in this setting. This internship is also helping me build relationships and connections that will hopefully lead to a full-time position in the near future.

Why is volunteering, in general, important to you? It helps me gain perspective on my place in the community. I also feel like I can be an asset to my community.

What’s your advice for people who are thinking about volunteering for the Y? Do it. Especially if you are out of state and want to come and volunteer with the YMCA of Boulder Valley, it has been a life-changing experience for me and I have only been here for a few weeks.

What’s your favorite part of volunteering? The friendships I have made through working at camp.

Why We Love Ryan

"Ryan is great! He is willing to step in to any situation and help out. He has been a great point person for our staff to go to when working with campers with different needs. He has a great background in working with children with different needs and it has proven to be a great asset to our camp!" — Taylor Jordan, Resident Camp Director

Want to learn more about YMCA of Boulder Valley and YMCA Camp Santa Maria internships? Visit our volunteer webpage.

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