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.
Geographic areas served: San Diego
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 95-1679700
858 751-5755
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am amazed how many thousands of people the San Diego Armed Services YMCA serve with such a tiny staff and overhead. I, too, volunteer, mostly with the C-5 Medevac casualty reception team. Having spent a couple of times in military hospitals during my U. S. Army enlistment, I am thrilled to help the AS YMCA make our current military's experience much better than mine. They are a crucial and vital element in the overall operational effectiveness and moral of military forces.

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

amazing, self-less, dedicated, and giving people. A very diverse and capable group.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I volunteer at the Armed Forces YMCA to help all the troops. I am a Navy reserve and I want to give back to all those who served alongside me. I also am going into the medical field and the Armed Forces YMCA helped to find a clinic for me so I could volunteer there. I am not sure what I am going to specialize in, but they helped me to get started in finding out what I want to specialize in. I can't say enough about what they have done for me and countless others. I created the database that records what is given to troops that come in and I am astounded by how much they give back to the troops. Everything they can do or give they will if they can. The personnel who work at the Armed Forces YMCA are very nice and extremely helpful. I don't know what else I can say, but I hope the Armed Forces YMCA makes National Goal. I'm glad I could volunteer with the Armed Forces YMCA and make a difference even though I left the Navy.

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

volunteering with the Armed Forces YMCA. I am glad that I can be of help in whatever projects come up. They have been nothing but helpful when I was looking for a clinic to volunteer in.

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

that I can give back to the community and to my fellow troops. Also that they have helped me to volunteer in a clinic so I can see what I want to specialize in since I'm currently going to school for a degree.

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

very friendly and helpful. They have done more to help troops than I have seen any other organization help.

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

help more troops and maybe even go worldwide. I think with 10 million dollars, the possibilities are endless on what they could accomplish.

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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7 people found this review helpful

I was enraged about the Iraq War and felt helpless. The ASYMCA at NMCSD gave me a chance to apply my experience to needed tasks that enabled me to rechannel my rage into actively helping pick up the pieces. I helped organize volunteers to meet every incoming combat injured and help their families cope with uncertainty. I wrote and keep up-to-date the information brochure that each family receives. I conduct a writing workshop out of whlch have come three pieces to be published in a national magazine. My life would be in tatters without the ASYMCA. It turned rage into help.

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

my rage and helplessness being transformed into projects that are helpful and constructive for those badly injured in the present Middle East conflicts.

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

The director is superb (I'm an old guy, I've seen many, I recognize superiority) and maintains an absolutely stellar staff

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

Increase salary levels across the board for dedicated staff members who do so much with so little.

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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4 people found this review helpful

The armed forces YMCA has provided me with an opportunity to give back through participation in their pet therapy program at Balboa Naval Medical Center. Bringing my therapy dog weekly to the hospital not only gives staff and patients a lift but it allows me as a recently retired veteran to still feel a part of the care team. When an individual retires there is often a feeling of loss which the AFYMCA has helped aleviate

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

being able to give back to the community through my own personal abilities and experiences in a way that is not stressful to me.

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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7 people found this review helpful

The old adage of the more you give the more you receive really rings true regarding my experience with San Diego Armed Services YMCA USA and their Christmas toy donation event. On my birthday in December, my wife and I volunteered. We worked extremely hard and put in many hours, but afterward we felt so vibrant and joyful. What a great gift it was to help others enjoy Christmas and the holiday season. The smiles on everyone's faces helped make this one of my most enjoyable and memorable birthdays ever. Thank you ASYMCA for all that you do and for allowing me to participate in such a necessary and generous event. Your staff and managers were courteous, organized, welcoming and attentive. I'll definitely be back!

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

The appreciative, grateful and smiling faces of the recipients.

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

Get the word out, people should know the great work that is being done.

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

The organization was clear and effective. It was a pleasure working with everyone. Helping others is a tremendous reward.

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

Amazing! Friendly, helpful, dedicated.

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

Do more worthwhile activities.

Ways to make it better...

I had known about it sooner so I could have gotten more of my friends involved.

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?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

As a regular weekly volunteer with the San Diego ASYMCA, my experience has been second to none. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my volunteer experiences with ASYMCA and it has allowed me to learn new tasks, activities, and given me a great outlet to interact with the many fine men and women and their families who serve our country. Not only do I find the work fulfilling and fun, but I also have learned so much about the military, how things are run, and many great personal stories from soliders. It has been and continues to be an honor to volunteer for the San Diego ASYMCA.

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

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

the ability to meet new people, help in any way I can, and learn more about the structure and function of our nation's military.

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

very helpful, encouraging, and patient. They were always there to help me whenever I needed it.

Ways to make it better...

I could broaden my volunteering experience by rotating to different volunteer "jobs."

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

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4 people found this review helpful

There are quite a few rewarding volunteer opportunities available . . . I regularly help out in the administrative office and make myself available for whatever else needs to be done at any moment . . . helping to organize the many contributions received from generous donors, walking through the hospital wards with other volunteers to visit with patients, offering books, videos and blankets, escorting volunteers handing out cookies and other homemade treats to patients during the holidays, wrapping gifts in preparation for holiday parties for active duty families and helping to serve lunch at the monthly town hall meeting for amputees and other service men and women undegoing rehabilation.

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

Meeting the office workers, volunteers and interacting with the patients and other service personnel.

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

Always very friendly.

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

Provide more products and services and operate from an improved facility.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered in the C5 program and for other activities at Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego for the past three years. Working with wounded soldiers and their families has been one of the greatest privileges of my life made possible by the ASYMA in partnership with their staff, military support staff, and my fellow volunteers. My one regret is that I recently moved out of California and there is no ASYMCA branch or similar organization where I now live. So I still seek opportunities to volunteer in San Diego.

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

my work as a volunteer greeting MedEvac patients and their families and volunteering for other events.

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

increase its funding and staffing to extend its reach into the community.

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

supporting our wounded troops and their families at a time of need.

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

committed, enthusiastic, appreciative, and caring.

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

support the difficult transition to civilian life of wounded veterans who wash out from the military and seek to succeed in spite of their enduring injuries and a sense of loss of identity.

Ways to make it better...

there were more activities scheduled in which I could arrange to participate even though I now live at a distance.

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

the limited capacity to follow up on clients once they leave the medical center.

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

the opportunity to work with the ASYMCA has had a profound impact on my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I love volunteering at the ASYMCA! I appreciate the opportunity to help support military men and women working hard to serve our country. I receive thank yous and lots of appreciation from families for the services offered every time I volunteer. The programs are well organized and focused on meeting the needs of the families they help. The people working at the ASYMCA are really nice and work hard to add and expand to what they offer. Volunteering at the ASYMCA is a great way for me to contribute to my community and have a fun, rewarding experience!

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

the smiles and thank yous from people they've helped.

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

knowing I can help make a difference in people's lives.

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

caring, hard working, and fun to work with!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

We're all lucky to have such a dedicated group of people servicing our armed forces community in San Diego. Nobody deserves our respect and assistance more and the ASYMCA deserves our support.

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

help our E5 and below enlisted folks get the basics that many of us take for granted (e.g. food, diapers, child care, family bonding).

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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