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  

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.

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

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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...

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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 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.

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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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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