A Snapshot of the ASYMCA

Our Purpose

The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is the constant in a military family’s life when everything changes: on the home front and during deployment, when moving between bases and to new communities, and in times of conflict and peace. As an independent non-profit of the YMCA of the USA, we are dedicated to serving junior enlisted military members and their families from all six armed services.

Our Reach


Installations Served


ASYMCA Branches




Points of Service

For families like me and my husband, who had nobody wherever we moved to, this becomes our village, and this becomes the place we know we can rely on. Military Spouse, Camp Pendleton

Our Locations

In close coordination with installation commanders, ASYMCA Branches tailor our programs and services to address the unique challenges of military life. These vital offerings include child care and early learning, after-school and resiliency programs for school-age children, food security, travel and emergency assistance and more. ASYMCA also partners with military installations and local Ys to serve military families in communities nationwide.

Why It Matters: By the Numbers


of military spouses are unemployed
(but want to work)


of military families experience food insecurity

Only 1.8%

of military families are able to access SNAP benefits


of military families report an unmet need for child care


of military families experience a sense of isolation


of military kids who experience parental deployment suffer from anxiety

Why It Matters: Stories from Military Spouses

What We're Doing


Accessible, affordable, high-quality child care for ages 0-12 positively impacting child development and military spouse employment.

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Operation Little Learners

An interactive early learning program that offers parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to connect, learn and grow.

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Operation Hero

A no-cost after school enrichment program designed to help military kids navigate change, build social skills and grow academically.

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Children’s Waiting Room

Child care services located inside military hospitals and clinics that allow parents to attend medical or mental health appointments.

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Operation Camp

Day camps, overnight camps and family camps that nurture healthy living and social bonding while making memories that last.

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Operation Kid Comfort

Custom, hand-made photo transfer quilts and pillows to help military children cope with the separation of a parent’s deployment.

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Nutritious food, baby care, and household items, plus emergency assistance to help support military families during a crisis.

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Financial assistance for junior enlisted members and their families to travel home for the holidays and reconnect with loved ones.

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Special moments that bring extra joy to military families during the holiday season from toy drives to sharing meals together.

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It takes a village, and the Armed Services YMCA is my village. Service Member, U.S. Navy

Advice from Military Spouses

Not all lessons have to be learned the hard way. Get advice on navigating the challenges of military life from the lived experiences of military spouses.

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