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Causes: Young Mens or Womens Associations

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

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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