Looking ahead to 2021 the new staff of the Armed Services YMCA of Oklahoma wants to know what servicemembers and their families want.
Sara Orellana-Paape, Executive Director, is launching a community assessment to fully understand the current needs, wants, and expectations of junior enlisted servicemembers, their officers, and the local community. Creating programs based off of this data will greatly strengthen all efforts, ensuring what is provided is what is wanted.
After a change in leadership in May, the team spent the summer preparing the Lawton and Altus branches to open as well as updating programs. Choosing to focus on the mission of the ASYMCA, all programming is and will be focused on supporting military families. This includes active duty, retired military, and veterans. The team wants to support each military family from joining the armed forces through their senior years. It is vital the culture and brotherhood of service is respected, honoring those who serve, those who served, and those who have sacrificed so much. This brotherhood must be honored and supported in every effort.
Changes will be noted in programming, as well as how programming is delivered. Several online programs are in the process of launching. In addition, a community assessment is being created to truly learn what the needs and wants of our servicemembers, retired military, and veterans are. This data will be used to create custom programs.
Please follow the ASYMCA Facebook pages and watch our websites for updates. When you can, send messages and emails letting the team know what you think about the programs and what changes you would make. We are entering a new era of the ASYMCA Oklahoma, one where programming is continually updated to meet the needs and wants of servicemembers.
As new and old programs launch, announcements will be made on our website and Facebook. In a few months, we will launch a monthly newsletter.
For Sara, supporting our servicemembers is a must. “Working to support our servicemembers, veterans, and retired military is an honor. These men and women have sacrificed and are sacrificing so much to ensure our freedoms. Supporting our servicemembers, veterans, and retired military is the duty of every American. Together we can ensure our servicemembers, veterans and retired military are well supported.”
The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit currently serving military members and their families. In 2019, more than 250,000 participants participated in programs. The ASYMCA delivered more than 1.3 million points of service to junior enlisted Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and family members at 200 service centers in 18 states. Whether summer camps for kids or assisting with emergency needs, the Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Strengthening Our Military Family®.