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Causes: Human Services, 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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this outstanding organization for many years. Not only are they caring and sensitive to the needs of our military families, but they always go the extra mile to provide not just necessities but to make it fun, especially for the children.. Under the superb and innovative leadership of Paul Steffens, they provide critical support to the military who courageously defend our nation and their families. Their programs and services provide so, so much to the families of active duty and deployed military members .. I am proud to be affiliated with San Diego's ASYMCA Just go on line and take a look at the vast array of supportive activities provided.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen the work the San Diego Armed Services YMCA of the USA has done for the local military personnel. They work hard and are always upbeat, doing so much for the families of those deployed, offering support and activities. They do so much with so little. Paris De Perro

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The organization is always ready to meet military family needs. They step out of the box to always find a way solve unique family problems. Standard programs meet all family needs and their special programs, like their annual Father Daughter Dance are wonderful.