The Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads exists to support and strengthen local military families. We offer an array of programs and services specifically designed for this purpose. We serve young enlisted families-Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The challenges and experiences for these families are unique, the impact is real.
The development of cognitive, social, and motor skills is a key ingredient to any child's formative years. Children come to the Armed Services YMCA every day to learn, grow, and thrive. Our programs are designed to help children grow socially through building relationships with others and giving them an opportunity to have fun and be a kid! We offer Before and After School care and care during school closures.
Operation Hero is a program provided to military children. Operation Hero is designed to address challenges faced by many military children including deployment discussions, separations, and frequent moving. This program promotes social responsibility through team-building activities and targets children in grades second through fifth grade.
Parents are the first teacher in their child’s life – children see, hear and emulate everything of their parent’s actions and responses. Frequent moves and deployments are one of the most impacting stressors of military families. The ASYMCA HR provides the setting to make new friendships, build community, handle conflicts, develop children’s cognitive and social skills and encourage an overall healthier and resilient life. Parents and children connect to a support network of other moms and dads experiencing the same military life challenges, establishing a strong foundation for successful community integration.
Camps are a childhood tradition at the Y. From after-school care to summer camp for military kids and Hampton Roads families, your school-age child will learn problem-solving skills with a variety of structured and unstructured, free-choice learning activities.
We offer camps in both the Spring and Summer.
Family separation by frequent deployments bears a unique challenge to military spouses and children. The ASYMCA of HR facilitates Family Readiness Group (FRG) meetings that foster an environment of information sharing, family support, and opportunities for family members of deployed units to assist one another in overcoming domestic challenges associated with military deployments.
The holidays are stressful enough, but for junior enlisted families who might be financially struggling already, the added stress of holiday dinner adds additional stress on the family. We are continuing to see an increased need in both demand and support for this program. These young heroes and their families are voluntarily serving and sacrificing daily so we can continue to enjoy our freedom.
Your Donation Makes an Impact Since its beginning in 2011, The Jack Daniels and Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home Program has assisted 1,557 service members and their families, a total of 3,550 individuals, travel from their bases to homes across the country for the holidays.