Robinhood Road Family YMCA Community Garden

Calling All Green Thumbs!

In early 2014 a small group of YMCA members had ambitious plans to develop the private land adjacent to the Y parking lot into a community garden. Our Robinhood Road Family YMCA Community Garden provides the opportunity to grow and harvest fresh vegetables to enjoy as part of a healthy lifestyle, as well as sharing with those in need.

Harvested vegetables from the community garden and produce donations received here will benefit H.O.P.E. of Winston Salem, a volunteer-driven organization focusing on food insecurity and children’s health. Your produce donations are picked up here by H.O.P.E. each week and provide nutritious lunches to children and fresh produce to parents who are living in designated food deserts in Winston Salem.

In addition to growing vegetables for donation, the Robinhood YMCA Community Garden also has a limited number of raised beds that are rented each season to our members. Once rented, these 4×4 beds allow the member to grow vegetables or flowers for their own use and enjoyment. These rental beds go quickly, so if you are interested in joining our gardening community or if you would like to find out about other volunteer opportunities in the garden or renting a bed, just visit our Front Desk for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a place to share your talents and make a difference?  The Robinhood Road Family YMCA has many opportunities for volunteers to share their passions while positively impacting the lives of people in our community.  Fill out a volunteer application to share your talents today!


The Robinhood Road Family YMCA Annual Giving Campaign is a community-wide effort to raise funds for children, teens, families and adults who need the Y. More than 1,400 local volunteers, just like you, help raise funds so that everyone in our community has the opportunity to participate in Y programs. Time Commitment: 5-10 hours, January through beginning of April.

The volunteer opportunities are not limited to those listed above. Please share your talent with us. Feel free to visit the Welcome Center or click here to fill out your volunteer application today. Thank you for your interest in making a difference.


See above for more about our community garden and for information on volunteering, come see us at the Front Desk!

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Family Literacy

The YMCA Literacy Initiative offers El Nido (“The Nest”), which is a family literacy program that takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:00 pm at Diamond Ridge on Anson Street in Winston-Salem (near the intersection of Peters Creek Parkway and Academy Street). El Nido provides book-based activities for children while their parents participate in ESL classes. Volunteers are welcome to help with activities for children or with ESL classes for their parents.

Contact Information
Nury Anton at

Adventure Guides

The YMCA has a long history of bringing parents and children together for life enriching experiences. This history has left a legacy of strengthened relationships and close bonds in many families and communities around the country. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has been a part of the Y-Indian Guide/Adventure Guides program for more than 30 years. Adventure Guides currently serves 20 tribes with over 400 participants in Forsyth, Stokes, Davie, Yadkin, and Wilkes Counties. Collectively, these tribes form the Adventure Guides Saura Nation.

The Adventure Guides Program aims to strengthen the bond between fathers and their children through activities that allow them to spend quality time together. Based on strong traditions of the Native American Culture including dignity, patience, endurance, spirituality, concern for the Earth and family values, these programs are tools that will help build memories that will last a lifetime.

play-kids-flashlightThrough Adventure Guides, the YMCA provides the following benefits to father and child:

  • Foster companionship and understanding and set a foundation for positive, lifelong relationships between father and child
  • Build a sense of self-esteem and personal worth
  • Expand awareness of body, mind, and spirit
  • Provide a framework to meet a mutual need of spending enjoyable, constructive, and quality time together
  • Enhance the quality of family time
  • Emphasize the vital role parents play in the growth and development of their children
  • Offer an important and unique opportunity to develop & enjoy volunteer leadership skills
  • Opportunity to meet other families with children the same age

Learn more about Adventure Guides »

For further information, please contact Amelia Johnson at 336.983.3131 or email at

YMCA Literacy Volunteer Reading Tutors

Could you spend 3 hours each week helping an ADULT improve reading skills? 

Training sessions: coming soon

We will provide you with 10 hours of training, materials, and on-going support you as you meet twice each week with a learner. We assess all learners and match you with someone whose schedule and logistical preferences match yours. After you are matched you can meet at a YMCA, public library, or any other public location.

Our learners vary from 2nd grade – 9th grade reading levels. Many are working on specific goals like filling out job applications, working for a promotion at work, or learning to help children or grandchildren with homework. Most of our learners are in their 40s and 50s.

Please contact Nury Anton at for Adult ESL tutoring or Gitte Sato for Adult Reading Tutoring at or fill out our tutor interest form.


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