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April 11, 2013

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March 27, 2010

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 ... more

April 11, 2013

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

March 27, 2010

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.

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

provide more office and storage space.

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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

March 23, 2010

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March 23, 2010

After 26 years of active duty and 12 years as a contractor on site with the US Navy overseas, I have seen tremendous support and service to military families that the Armed Services YMCA has provided around the world. Now having lived in San Diego for 6 years and been involved with the local ASYMCA, I am certain that the San Diego ASYMCA is the flagship branch of this outstanding organization. Its leadership and staff are thoughtful, sensitive, and creative. Together with their enthusiastic cadre of volunteers they provide critical support to the military men, women, and families who selflessly defend our country. The family outreach and social services that they provide to the families of active duty and deployed military members and their families should be a model for all service organizations.

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

seeing them raise funds in a measured and efffective manner, groom and develop a mature staff of professional administrators and social service providers, and deftly manage a large group of volunteers for a variety of activities at a various sites.

Ways to make it better...

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

do whatever is necessary to retain the high quality professionals who now serve as part of the San Diego Armed Services YMCA.

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

watching the positive impact this organization has had on the lives of young military men and women and their families as they serve their country.

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

intelligent, thoughtful, well educated and enthusiastic. Because they employ many military spouses, the experience a high turnover rate in both their paid and volunteer staff, the manner in which they train replacements is truly outstanding.

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

provide social services to the active duty men and women of the US military in a manner that would be appropriate to the service that they provide to our country.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

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

funding and staff turnover.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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