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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 childcare, mentoring, infant support, and the giving of household goods or financial support for lower enlisted families in need.

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Before and 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.  

Stay tuned for more information regarding the 2020-21 school year.

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Operation Little Learners

COVID-19 Update: This program is currently closed. 

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)

We've just launched our online Summer Camp for students and families to watch at their own pace! Check out 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. 

 

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Operation Hero

Operation Hero is an after-school program provided to military school-age children. A military child moves between 6-9 times throughout their school aged years, that is three times more frequent than their civilian counterparts. 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 Youth Growth Stock Trust, the Hillsdale Fund Inc, and Belk. 


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Children's Waiting Room

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 currently operates only for OB/GYN appointments between the hours of 8 am - 12 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 10 am - 12 pm on Wednesday. To secure your spot, please visit: https://www.asymca.org/ft-bragg-sign-in

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. However, the program also provides reassurance to the service member. As one soldier shared, “Operation Kid Comfort ensured that my daughter would not forget me during my deployment.” 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.  

This program is generous supported by The Association of Bragg Spouses and Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville, NC.


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Food Pantry

To utilize the pantry you must fill out this form to receive support. Families may utilize the pantry one time per week. You must register via the form each time you would like to visit. You will receive an email within 24 business hours to schedule your pick up date/time. 

Resources for families:

The Food Pantry serves a vital need in military readiness and family health as 15% of active duty families are food insecure. The Food Pantry provides active duty service member, veterans, and their families confidential support in the form of food and personal hygiene items. 

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


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Bragg Worthy Gowns (Formerly Klassy Kloset)

COVID-19 Update: This program is currently closed. 

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 do have to be dry cleaned before they are returned. This service is available for all DoD ID card holders. 

Our new Bragg Worthy Gown's location (still at our office) was supported by Belk and Webb Carpet. 



Baby Bundles

 

Baby Bundles 

Baby Bundles deliver essential care items for newborns to active duty families rank E6 and below. The bundle includes essentials such as a blanket, socks, hat, bib, onesie, 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 for your bundle starting June 15 at https://www.asymca.org/ft-bragg-sign-in

Baby Bundles are generously supported by The Susan M. Tillis Foundation, The Association of Bragg Spouses, Kiinde, LLC, and individual donors. 


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Operation Ride Home

2020 Applications will open in the fall!

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.