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Armed Services YMCA Fort Bragg

The Fort Bragg Armed Services YMCA is on a mission to provide support to service members and their families through educational, recreational, and social programs. Our family support services include child care, mentoring, infant support, and the giving of household goods or financial support for families in need.

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After School Care

With military spouse unemployment hovering around 25% pre-Coronavirus, low-cost high-quality child care is essential. Before and after school care is essential to allow military spouses the opportunity to pursue educational and career opportunities without the financial constraints of child care.  

Registration is now open for autumn 2021 at Overhills Elementary and South Harnett Elementary. Visit our My ASYMCA portal to register.

 
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Operation Little Learners

Operation Little Learners is designed to support and build confidence in parents in their roles as their child's first teacher. The program guides and gives tools to parents on how to enhance the developmental areas of the child and offers an opportunity for early learning and bonding.  The classes provide a variety of activities which enhance cognitive, emotional, social, motor and other skills of children ages 18 months - 5 years old, which in turn develop pre-k and kindergarten readiness. 

Operation Little Learners operates at our office on Fort Bragg.  This program is offered to families at no cost due to the generous support of donors such as the PNC Foundation.

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Operation Camp (Summer Day Camp)

Please stay tuned for information about our Summer Camp in 2022! 

Thank you to The Community Grants Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation for supporting this program. 

 

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Operation Hero

Operation Hero is an after-school program provided to military school-age children. This program addresses challenges faced by many military children (feelings of isolation, feelings of self-doubt, frequent or long-term deployments by one or both parents and academic difficulties due to frequent moves). The program is offered at no-cost to military families and takes place at schools throughout the region. 

This program is generously supported by The Hoke County Community Foundation. 


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Children's Waiting Room

For military parents, it can often be difficult to focus on their own health and well-being when their attention is divided between care provider and their children. The Armed Services YMCA Children’s Waiting Room provides a safe and welcoming environment for children while their parents attend medical appointments at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic.

Families can use this service during medical appointment at Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic. This program is offered at no-cost to military families and veterans and open for children ages 1 to 11.

This program operates weekly as follows:
  • Tuesdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Thursday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

How to register:

Registration is simple and easy! Register your child today by clicking on the “My ASYMCA” tab at the top of this tab, then select Children’s Waiting Room. This is the first step in registering for the service, please note you will NOT select your specific appointment time and date during this step.

Once you have completed the registration of your child in our system, you will receive an email from an Armed Services YMCA verifying information. 

Important Documents to Review:

This program is generously supported by Walmart and Humana Military.


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Operation Kid Comfort

Operation Kid Comfort provides no-cost personalized quilts and pillows to children with a deployed parent to support and comfort during stressful times. Volunteers cut fabric, print personalized photos, and assemble the quilts to be given to military children. The program is available to children of deployed U.S. Military personnel stationed in North or South Carolina.  

Register today by clicking the "My ASYMCA" Tab at the top of the page and then select Operation Kid Comfort. Having issues navigating registration? Click here to download a step by step guide.

This program is generous supported by The Association of Bragg Spouses, Bragg'N Barn Thrift Store, and Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville, NC.


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Food Pantry

UPDATES to usage of the Food Pantry. Beginning December 1, 2020 usage of the Food Pantry will be limited to one time per month for military families E5 and below and veterans. All others, or those seeking additional support, must complete an emergency referral form and obtain a signature from their Company Commander, 1SGT, or unit Chaplain. This form can be found below under “Important Documents”.  Once completed, please email to cbenick@asymca.org

If you are rank E-5 and below or veteran status and are ready to register, please click the "My ASYMCA" tab at the top of this page and then select Food Pantry. 

The Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 10am - 2pm (excluding holidays). Registrants choose their preferred date for pick-up on the monthly online registration form. 

Important Documents

Resources for families:

This program is generous supported by United Way of Cumberland County's Youth Growth Stock Trust, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana Military, The Association of Bragg Spouses, Bragg'N Barn Thrift Store, Baptists on Mission, Piedmont Natural Gas, Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA, and numerous generous individuals and community groups.   

Operation Deploy Your Dress

The Armed Services YMCA Fort Bragg is excited to partner with Operation Deploy Your Dress to open the 12th ODYD shop! Our mission is to Deploy America’s Patriotism One Dress at a Time! All Military I.D. Card holders in the Fort Bragg area may receive one free dress and one free accessory per calendar year.  Please call 910-436-0500 with questions about ASYMCA Fort Bragg ODYD

 



Baby Bundles

 

Baby Bundles 

Open to parents in their 3rd Trimester or families who have had a baby in the past 3 months and are rank E5 and below, Baby Bundles deliver essential care items for newborns to families. The bundle includes essentials such as a blanket, clothing, baby wipes, book, diapers, educational toys, and more. Being a new parent is hard – being a new military parent is even harder. Baby Bundles aim to make the challenges of welcoming the newest member of the military family a bit easier and help offset the financial burden of acquiring basic supplies.   

Register your newborn for a bundle by clicking the "My ASYMCA" at the top of the page and then select baby bundles. You can also use this cheat sheet if you have any issues registering.

Baby Bundles are generously supported by The Susan M. Tillis Foundation, The Association of Bragg Spouses, The Bragg'N Barn Thrift Store, Kiinde, LLC, PNC, and individual donors. 

If you would like to register specifically for our Baby Bundle Bash held May 14th, please click here to register.


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Operation Ride Home

Since 2011, Jack Daniel's and the Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home program has helped bring military families together for the holidays. Operation Ride Home provides financial assistance to eligible active duty junior-enlisted military and their families to travel from their duty station, back home to spend time with their families. Reconnecting military families during this special time of year is one small way Operation Ride Home is strengthening military families. To date, the Jack Daniels and Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home Program has helped a total of 6,410 individuals travel home for the holidays.