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Armed Services YMCA Twentynine Palms

The Twentynine Palms Armed Services YMCA is honored to be able to provide a variety of free programs to the Marines and Sailors and families stationed at Twentynine Palms, CA.  Some of the programs we provide are: Parent/Child Interactive Program, Pelican Shop Food pantry (a free weekly grocery program), Ball Gown Giveaways, Holiday Joy and Meal programs and more….. 

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PELICAN SHOP (FOOD PANTRY)

When you think about the challenges our military families face, food insecurity does not often come to mind, however it is very real. Often times, families find themselves struggling between pay periods making it necessary to stretch every dollar. To ensure our families never go hungry, the Armed Services YMCA offers a free food pantry, for active duty families are welcome to browse and select from pantry staples, bread, and hygiene products. 

 


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EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

When a loved one is seriously ill or injured one of the most difficult things for a spouse, parent, or child is realizing that their loved one's well-being is out of their hands. When a family feels helpless the only peace of mind they can get is doing the one thing they can do - being by their loved one's side as much as possible. The Emergency Assistance Program makes that possible by assisting with the financial and logistical details of long hospital stays far from home so families can focus on healing for their loved ones.

Do you or someone you know need assistance? Come by the Armed Services YMCA Building 693 or call us at 760-830-7481. You can also reach out to your unit DRC/FRO for more information.

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HEALTHY KIDS WEEK

As part of the ASYMCA's commitment to strengthen community with programs centralized around Social Responsibility, Youth Development and Healthy Living, Healthy Kids Week encourages kids and parents to commit to keeping the body and mind active this summer. Each year during the month of April, the Armed Services YMCA Staff puts together a week's worth of activities that promote healthy habits such as healthy food choices, hygiene, physical activity, and mental and emotional support. 

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HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

With frequent deployments, duty stations far from close family and friends, and the cost of airfare rising ever higher, young military families in Twentynine Palms often find themselves celebrating their first holidays away from home. Missing out on cherished traditions and seeing loved ones, not to mention the financial crunch of the holidays can make this a difficult time. The ASYMCA's holiday programs provide a reminder of the community's appreciation of our military, and helps alleviate some of the financial burden of creating a holiday celebration to remember through events such as; holiday meal giveaways through partnerships with several community organizations, a holiday toy giveaway, and participation in the National Jack Daniels' "Operation Ride Home" Program. These simple reminders can be just the pinch of holiday magic that military families need to boost their spirits as they establish their own holiday traditions.


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OPERATION LITTLE LEARNER

A Parent/Child Interactive Preschool Program.

Recognizing a parent as a child's first teacher, this program provides parents and their 2-5 year old children with hands-on structured classroom lessons, free play, crafts, and field trips designed to prepare children for formal schooling and give parents the tools to aid in their child's development in and out of the classroom. Siblings who are too young to enroll are welcome to attend to ensure that childcare constraints don't prevent anyone from being able to participate.

Our next semester begins June 2021.

Registration for classes will begin in May 2021. Please watch our Facebook page for more information.


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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS

The Armed Services YMCA partners with a number of organizations from the local community to bring exciting events and additional support to the families of our active duty military. Every year we partner to bring you Holiday Meals, Baby Showers for expectant mothers, the Annual "Heart to Heart" Luncheon, and much more.

If you would like more information on how you or your organization can partner with the ASYMCA to support our military families, please call our office at 760-830-7481.

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SOAPBOX DERBY

Each year the Soap Box Derby is an afternoon of fun and excitement for the community, but the real benefit of this event happens weeks earlier when families first receive the materials to build their cars. The Soap Box Derby can allow a child to reconnect with a parent who has recently returned from deployment as they build a racer together. It can help a family to build precious memories together before a service member deploys as well. The ASY's partnership with the Chamber of commerce is an important aspect of this event, with local businesses showing their support through sponsorship of racers and military families attending the Chamber's Street Fair after the race to show their support and strengthen ties between the base and the local community.


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SUMMER CAMP

Great summer camp experiences build leadership, self-confidence, and independence. Nowhere are these traits more important than in the life of a military child. These courageous kids face the daily challenges of growing up in concert with the uncertainties and anxieties of military life, including deployments, frequent moves, long separations and difficult duty stations. Military children are often invisible in daily life because their teachers, coaches, and health care providers are unaware of the challenges they are facing. This year, the ASYMCA will partner with YMCA of the Desert  to send military children to summer camp alongside civilian children from the local area. Summer Camp offers military children a fun release from the everyday stress of military life and the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. 

Next Camp begins June 2021.  Check our Facebook page for registration info.


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EMPTY NEST (THRIFT STORE)

Providing affordable clothing, furniture, and household items to military members and their families can make a big difference financially for many. With shopping options limited in the remote high desert and the cost of gas high in California (nearest Walmart is 27 miles from base and nearest Target is 64 miles from base) even travel expenses can become an issue when shopping for a family's basic needs. The Thrift Store's accessibility on base makes shopping a convenience, encouraging sound financial decisions and stronger families down the road.

Our Thrift Store also houses our Uniform Shop which contains serviceable uniform items. Active Duty Military can browse our Uniform Shop anytime for cammies, belts, boots, and more. They may select up to 5 items per month, free of charge. 


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VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Given the remote location of our installation we understand the challenges that many military family members face in coming to the desert. A tough job market and difficult economy means that many military spouses in particular turn to volunteering to enhance their resumes and keep their job skills current until full-time work becomes available. Volunteering is also a strategy that many military spouses use to network and “plug in” to a new community after a PCS move. For our active duty volunteers, working with our programs can be invaluable during the transition out of the military, or as a mark of character during consideration for promotions and awards. The benefits of volunteering are many, from the sense of satisfaction a volunteer has contributing to a worthy cause and the opportunity it provides to make new friends, to building skills for the workplace, keeping resumes active. The ASYMCA's volunteer program offers all of these benefits to the military spouses, active duty personnel and military children who volunteer with us.

For more information on ways to Volunteer stop by the ASYMCA Building 693 or call 760-830-7481 and ask to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.