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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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?
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.