Finnish contingent visits with Armed Services YMCA headquarters staff:
Representatives from YMCA Finland met with the leadership of the Armed Services YCMA in Springfield, Va., today in an effort to better understand the programs and services provided to junior enlisted active duty military members and their families across the United States.
(Photo: L to R) Juha Saarinen, Specialist, Capt (ret.), YMCA Finland; Pete Nieminen, Specialist, YMCA Finland; Ari Inkinen,Director of Development, YMCA Finland; William French, Vice Adm., USN (ret.), President | CEO, Armed Services YMCA, Chris Haley, VP Marketing and Communications, Armed Services YMCA; and Vesa Auren, Army Senior Chaplain, Army Command Finland; (not pictured, Don Kandel, Chief Financial Officer). The group met to discuss how the ASYMCA provides services to the American military and how YMCA Finland might provide similar services to the Finnish military.
YMCA Finland hopes this trip to the United States will provide insight into how YMCA Finland can better work with European YMCAs to develop new models of cooperation to support and improve the welfare of children and youth who are connected to the Finnish military. YMCA Finland wishes to be part of a solution where NGOs, state officials, municipalities, and church organizations cooperatively work toward the betterment of Finnish society.
Truly a noble goal! And in keeping with the movement that is the Y!