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Strengthening Our Military Family®

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Art & Essay Contest: Win a week at summer camp!

Sponsored by GEICO Military, the annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest gives military children the chance to express their thoughts on military life. 

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Be Somebody's Hero. Give.

Your donation to the Armed Services YMCA will make a significant difference in the lives of young military service members and their families. Thank you for helping us strengthen our military family.

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The top barrel could be yours!

Check out how they build a #JDBarrelTree, a 26-foot-tall tree. Jack Daniel's has these in five different cities: Chicago; Dallas; Milwaukee; Nashville; and of course, Lynchburg, Tenn. We are auctioning the top barrels donated by Jack Daniel's to benefit Operation Ride Home. Since the program started in 2011, 7,232 junior-enlisted service members and family members have made the trip home to see loved ones over the holidays because of Operation Ride Home.

Armed Services YMCA: Strengthening Our Military Family

The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides specialized programs and services to currently serving junior enlisted military service members and their families. Our tailored no and low cost programs and services include: child care, day and resident camps, child development programs, early learning classes, emergent food support, deployment support, emergency travel support, health and wellness services, and more. We are the nation’s oldest military service organization, and have served the military community since we were established more than 150 years ago during the Civil War.

Unlike your neighborhood Y, we don't have paid memberships, and we don’t normally provide services to the local community*. Our focus is on the resiliency of military families. In 2018, we engaged more than 225,000 people in our programs and delivered nearly 1 million points of services to junior enlisted Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and family members at 200 service centers in 18 states.

Our support is focused in three areas: healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.

In each area, we have specific objectives:

  • Our Healthy Living programs:
    • Promote a lifetime of physical activity
    • Focus on preventing obesity and diabetes
    • Improve mental health
  • Our Youth Development programs:
    • Support education, academic and social engagement, and promote life-long learning
    • Promote moral and spiritual values
  • Our Social Responsibility effort:
    • Provides and supports access to affordable, quality child care to enable and strengthen our families
    • Promote moral and spiritual values

Whether providing respite child care for parents in need, summer camps for kids, or assisting with emergency needs, our programs, services, and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together, and have the ability to adjust, bounce back, and thrive wherever the services sends them. The challenges they face as they provide for the safety and security of our nation is immense. We owe it to them to help.

Our mission is Strengthening Our Military Family ®.

*We do serve the local community at our Wellness Center in Killeen, TX.