Armed Services YMCA San Diego

Rating: 5 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 3293 Santo Road San Diego CA 92124 USA

Mission: The Mission of the San Diego Armed Services YMCA is to enhance the lives of military personnel and their family members in spirit, mind, and body by providing programs to strengthen them and that are relevant to the unique challenges of military life. All programs are free for military families and include confidential in-home counseling, family bonding, patient recreation, and youth development programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of the Board of Management for over 30 years. During that time I have had an opportunity to work closely with the staff and volunteers of the San Diego Armed Services YMCA. They are hard-working, thoughtful, compassionate people. I have been especially honored to work on the Christmas You Missed program which recreates Christmas on July 25th for those service members and their families who were not able to spend the previous Christmas together because the service member was on a deployment. It is a heartwarming celebration to let these families know that the San Diego community appreciates the sacrifices our military members make on behalf of their country. I support the San Diego ASYMCA as a volunteer and a financial contributor.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Over 30 years ago a good friend and mentor told me about the work he was doing with the San Diego Armed Services YMCA. Since I was working with for an organization that provided financial assistance and counseling for Navy and Marine Corps families, the SDASYMCA was a perfect fit because they also provide direct services and programs to young military families. I quickly became aware of how caring the staff was at helping these families cope with the stresses of separation from their military member because of extended and multiple deployments. As a volunteer and Board member, I have seen first hand how ASYMCA programs help families with in-home counseling by trained counselors, help with gift cards for food and gas, respite child care, car seats, cribs, and diapers. They help families learn problem-solving skills and improve their marriage and parenting skills. I've been involved in other programs like Christmas You Missed that recreates Christmas Day every June 25th for families separated by deployment on the previous December 25th. Operation Hero builds self-esteem in young children faced with relocation to new schools and neighborhoods as well as coping with the absence of a parent. Operation Kid Comfort provides a personalized family quilt to every child in the family with favorite pictures of the military parent. All of these programs are free of charge. For over 30 years I've watched Executive Directors and staff members retire and move on, but the caring and exceptional skill with which the staff meets the needs of this special group of Americans never changes. It just gets better. My friend and mentor died over a year ago and the Paul Hartley Outreach Complex was named after him. I will continue on as a volunteer dedicated to making life easier for military families.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

listening to clients whom I referred to this organization report on the positive quality of the help they received. I could help my clients with financial assistance and counseling but the SDASYMCA provided expert counseling and support.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more office and storage space.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

attending meetings high level professionals who are donating their time as Board Members of this organization and learning about the accomplishments of the staff and their successes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly exceptional people. They are well trained and highly motivated. Both staff and volunteers are energetic and focused on serving their clients in new and innovative ways.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand their programs and increase the numbers of professional staff. They could afford to provide greater professional enhancement and training. They could reach more people and enhance the quality of life for for more military families.

Ways to make it better...

I could be more involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

more advanced fund raising expertise. Finding Board Members with willingness and skill in promoting a corporate fund raising effort to make up for the impending loss of major income from the leasing of property belonging to the organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is a privilege and inspiration to work with an organization that is providing such tangible and rewarding support to those who are in the Armed Services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been leading meditation via The Meditation Initiative at the Navy Medical Center for almost 2 years. I am so honored to volunteer for the San Diego Armed Services YMCA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways! To be a part of a dynamic team effort is truly amazing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer for San Diego Armed Services YMCA, I see the benefits of this wonderful organization. In my duties as a volunteer, I bring magazines, puzzle books, etc. to patients in the wards of the Navy Medical Center. I am thanked numerous times during my visits for what I do and am told how great it is that the hospital has this service right in its building. Even the simplest thing like giving someone a word search puzzle book and a pencil brings a smile to the patient's face and in turn, to mine. I am so glad I became a volunteer with San Diego Armed Services YMCA!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to spend a few minutes talking to some of the patients and being able to bring a smile to their faces when I have a magazine they like or a crossword puzzle to help ease the boredom.

Ways to make it better...

I had more interaction with Active duty military.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I love the ASYMCA. They provide an opertunity for my daughter and I to particiate as a family with the comunity while my husband is deloyed. I have just moved to San Diego in December and do not know what I would do with out the programs and events offered by the ASYMCA. We have attended excellent programs such as mom and tots as well as craft and conversations. We have been choosen to attend events such as the valentines party for family of deployed service members and the easter estravaganza.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve the military comunity in a way that we could never imagine for years to come.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I volunteer leading meditation for the Health and Wellness Center at the US Navy Medical Center. I work with clinical staff, people with Diabetes and others who choose to join the meditation classes. Working wth this organization has been an amazing experience! I hope to work with the Wounded Warriors soon and so grateful to be of service.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are very organized and courteous to all who are involved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very honest and friendly in all their communication.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The San Diego Armed Services YMCA is a God-send to military families! They always have free events going on at numerous housing locations and offer a lot of assistance to families. They have free food drives in my housing and always have a great turnout! Great organization!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

atending their events and seeing the amount of people that attend.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff. They are always willing to help!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many military families in need!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

We have had the pleasure of working with the San Diego Armed Services YMCA on several of our events and their events. They have been wonderful to work with in all aspects of event planning. The programs they have are inspirational to so many and really make a difference in the community. We look forward to working with them on future events.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how much they make a difference in the community and lives of military families. It is truly remarkable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Volunteering at the Armed Services YMCA at Balboa has been such a rewarding experience for me. Not only does the ASYMCA have many different volunteering opportunities and events, but the staff is also so friendly and helpful. Because of them, we (the volunteers) are able to reach out and help so many patients and their families.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it allows my family to give a little something back to help soldiers and their families who have given so much to us.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful. You can tell they genuinely care for the patients and have their best interests in mind when developing programs and events.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer with the Armed Services YMCA.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I measure the effectiveness of a non profit organization like the ASYMCA of San Diego by the direct influence my small and inconsequential contribution directly makes on those for whom they are intended. I can attest directly that each of those military members and or their dependents who has interacted with Paul Steffen's and or one of his super staff members would agree 150%. And from what I understand it does not stop there, the assistance and acts of kindness that go on behind the scenes from military hospitals to private counceling services reinvents the term giving back.....and who but those who defend and protect our country needs or appreciates it more?

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participating

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build more organizations like them

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the results on the faces of those who benefit

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic and thoughtful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the scope and numbers of those who benefit.

Ways to make it better...

there were more organizations like this one

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Maintaining the status quo

One thing I'd also say is that...

We need more ASYMCA

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am a retired Naval Officer and currently a 10 year veteran of the SDPD. I have spent more than 30 years volunteering with organizations all over the world such as Special Olympics (SD, Washington state, Guam), Children's Hospital, RidesandSmiles, various school parternships, overseas orphanage repairs and the SD Blood Bank.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's a great experience to see our military members are appreciated and taken care of.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everyone is focused on making our military member's stay in the hospital as pleasant as possible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very nice decent people who want to do something to show our appreciation for those who defend our freedoms.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Start to help our military folks and veterans as they deserve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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