making military life easier



At the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, we recognize the challenges of military life, especially in a remote area like Alaska. That’s why we’re devoted to nurturing the well-being of Alaska’s military community, regardless of their branch of service or duty status. We support our troops by connecting military families from installations all over Alaska with free and low-cost programs and services designed to help make military life easier. With two offices on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in the Anchorage area, and a satellite office on Ft. Wainwright in interior Alaska, we are well positioned to serve those who serve our country.

Armed Services YMCA of Alaska operates more than 30 programs and services throughout Alaska to ease the burden of the families of junior-enlisted military personnel. Our programs and services are customized to meet the specific needs of the military communities in which we operate.

Operation Snack Attack
Teddy’s Child Watch
Thrift Store
Y on Rails
Y on Wheels
Operation Holiday Joy
Airport Military Courtesy Lounges
Contests and Giveaways
Food Pantry
Hospital Morale Visits
Military Welcome Centers
Operation Hero
Operation Kid Comfort
After 5 Boutique
Guardian Angel Program
Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament
Operation: Frosty Warrior
Mother Son Adventure
Father Daughter Gala






Art And Essay Contest

Click here for the 2016 Art & Essay Contest Entry Form and Guidlines. CONTEST DETAILS AND INFORMATION The annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest allows children to epress their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes and serves to remind us...

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Military Family Month

Military Family Month was established in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since. Each November, The Armed Services YMCA celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nation’s support and commitment the families of military personnel. With…

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Operation Hero

Operation Hero is an onsite after-school program, which focuses on character development and skill building within military children who have been identified by school personnel and parents exhibiting low self-esteem, or difficulty adjusting both academically and socially in the school environment. Curriculum is designed to…

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Operation Holiday Joy

Help make the holidays brighter for military families We are continuing to see an increased need in both demand and support for this program. These young heroes and their families are voluntarily serving and sacrificing daily so we can continue to enjoy our freedoms and…

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Operation Kid Comfort

Volunteers at the Armed Services YMCA create custom-made photo transfer quilts and pillows. Each child receives a quilt or pillow; children 7 and under receive a quilt, 8 and older receive a pillow. Operation Kid Comfort quilts and pillows are for the children of our…

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Operation Outdoors

The Armed Services YMCA offers junior enlisted families the chance to participate in family, youth, and teen camps year-round at our 34 branches and affiliate locations through our Operation Outdoors program. Operation Outdoors encourages healthy living as part of our core mission of making military…

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Operation Ride Home

Your Donation Makes an Impact Since its beginning in 2011, The Jack Daniels and Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home Program has assisted 1,557 service members and their families, a total of 3,550 individuals, travel from their bases to homes across the country for the holidays….

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Teddy’s Child Watch

For military parents, it can often be difficult to focus on their own health and well-being when their attention is diverted. Military medical leadership recognizes the need for respite child care and that well children should not accompany parents into the examination rooms while they…

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YMCA | DoD Military Outreach Initiative

We are proud to announce that the Department of Defense has extended this successful program until March 2017!! We understand that military families are under enormous strain, and that military life comes with unique challenges. Deployments and frequent moves can be a stressful and uncertain time…

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