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.
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.
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.
Although Summer Camp has officially come to an end, you can view our YouTube Channel for all the videos by clicking here.
Resources from Operation Camp Videos:
A special thank you to The Community Grants Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation for supporting this program.
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.
Registration for session two of Operation Hero, beginning January 2021 is now open. Click the "My ASYMCA" tab to register.
This program is generously supported by The Hoke County Community Foundation.
COVID-19 Update: This program is currently closed.
Children's Waiting Room provides no-cost child watch services for military families during medical appointments at Womack Army Medical Center. We recognize the challenges military personnel and spouses face when trying to attend medical appointments with little ones. This program alleviates the challenges of finding child care during medical appointments and encourages better health and well-being by reducing the number of missed appointments due to lack of child care.
This program is generously supported by Walmart and Humana Military.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
COVID-19 Update: This program is by appointment only at this time. Call 910-436-0500 to schedule.
Bragg Worthy Gowns offers a wide variety of gowns (available in sizes 0 – 26, no male attire) available for any formal occasion. These gowns are offered for rental at $10 each to encourage sound financial decision making and help offset costs of attending formal functions for military members and their families. Dresses must be dry cleaned before they are returned. This service is available for all DoD ID card holders.
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.
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.