The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is the constant in a military family’s life: on the home front and during deployment, when transitioning between bases, and in times of conflict and peace.
The ASYMCA is an Association of the YMCA of the USA, specifically dedicated to serving active duty junior enlisted military service members and their families of all six armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard. The oldest military support organization in the U.S., the ASYMCA has been “Strengthening Our Military Family®” since 1861 through its 12 branches and 23 affiliate partners, serving 89 military installations and facilities nationwide. Our nationally and locally tailored programs and services for our nation’s troops and their families are offered at no or low cost and require no dues or membership fees.
The proud heritage of the Armed Services YMCA begins in 1861 during the Civil War when dedicated YMCA volunteers provided relief and comfort to sick and wounded soldiers. Initially, the volunteers provided aid at military encampments located near the front lines, but shortly after, they braved the danger accompanying the soldiers on the battlefields.Read More
The Armed Services YMCA enhances the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind, and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.
Priority shall be given to providing needed programs and services for junior enlisted personnel, both single and married, and their family members. The focus of work shall be in three areas – youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Services may be provided to military personnel other than junior enlisted where resources are available. Programs and services shall be designed to complement and supplement those provided by the Armed Forces, either on or off military installations as appropriate.
FOR HEALTHY LIVING
Physical and mental health are critical for military families, which is why we offer a variety of programs for the whole self and the whole family.
FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Children are the heart of our organization because they are the ones who often sacrifice the most. We are honored to provide programs that educate, engage, and entertain children of all ages.
FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Mission readiness is as much of a mindset as it is a tactical operation. It’s critical that service members know the home front is safe and sound when they deploy for duty.
The Armed Services YMCA is more than just a job. From our leadership down to our frontline staff, we foster a culture of caring and service, with a focus on working together to meet and exceed our goal of ensuring no military family is left behind.
The Armed Services YMCA provides free or low-cost programs and services for military children, spouses, and the family unit to help ease the unique challenges of military life. This is how we strengthen our military families.
Families provided with critical services
Points of Service delivered to military families
Youth enrolled in education and skill-building programs
Our mission is hard at work. Read about our how our local and national programs and services are making a difference in the lives of young military families, or find informative contributions from military spouses across the country.Visit Our Blog
The Armed Services YMCA is proud of our fiscal responsibility and the designation as a top- rated charity. Our consistently outstanding results are based on all aspects that determine the value of a nonprofit: fundraising expenses, administration, transparency of finances, good governance practices, and other leading benchmarks.
The Armed Services YMCA prides itself on using our generous donor contributions wisely and sharing how donations are strengthening our military family through quality programs and services.
Our sponsors and partners enable the ASYMCA to provide more programs and services to more junior enlisted military families across the country. We are grateful for their commitment, generous support, and advancement of our mission to strengthen our military family.Contact Us About Sponsorships