Read the history from 1874-1886 here.
2011 marks the major milestone of 150 years of dedicated service to America’s military and their families. The Armed Services YMCA mission to support the military began in 1861 when a handful of YMCA volunteers provided relief services to Civil War soldiers. For 150 years, the ASYMCA’s programming has adapted to the ever changing needs of our Armed Services by providing support and services where the need is greatest: to junior soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and their families. The ASYMCA continues to enrich the quality of life and resiliency of our service members and their families by providing educational, recreational, social and religious support services across the nation.
Over the next 11 months, we will delineate the history of the Armed Services YMCA from its humble beginning in 1861 up to today. Read the history from 1874-1886 here.