The mission of the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads is to improve the quality of life for junior enlisted military personnel and their families through values oriented social, recreational, personal development, crisis prevention, deployment separation, and child care programs.
ASYMCA of Hampton Roads Branch is unique in that we have three outreach centers, all of which are located on military bases. We also have a field site located in a multi-military housing development. Having these various locations makes it easier for us to bring our programs to all the branches of service; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine, Navy, and National Guard.
Operation Hero is a program provided to military school-age children. Operation Hero is designed to address challenges faced by many military children (feelings of isolation, feelings of self-doubt, frequent or long-term deployments by one or both parents and academic difficulties due to frequent moves). This program promotes social responsibility through team-building activities and targets children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The dedicated facilitator takes the time to interact with the children on a one-on-one basis as well as in a group setting. This targeted method is believed to be the key to the program’s success.
Operation Kid Comfort
Operation Kid Comfort is offered through branches around the country, but is not offered by Hampton Roads. This program provides children of deployed service members a quilt or pillow with pictures of the deployed service member and the family. This program is designed to comfort and help children during the deployment.
Operation Ride Home
Your Donation Makes an Impact Since its beginning in 2011, The Jack Daniels and Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home Program has assisted 1,557 service members and their families, a total of 3,550 individuals, travel from their bases to homes across the country for the holidays.
Operation Holiday Joy
Help make the holidays brighter for military families We are continuing to see an increased need in both demand and support for this program. These young heroes and their families are voluntarily serving and sacrificing daily so we can continue to enjoy our freedom.
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Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads is NOT government funded. Individual and corporate gifts sustain our mission of serving and strengthening military families.
In close coordination with installation commanders, the Armed Services YMCA tailors our programming to fill the highest priority gaps with low and no-cost programs and services including childcare, hospital assistance, counseling, emergency food and clothing assistance, education programs, as well as family, youth and teen programs.
Recognized as a top-rated charity by Charity Watch, Charity Navigator and Independent Charities of America, 89 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to support programs. The Armed Services YMCA depends on more than 10,000 volunteers providing over 112,000 hours each year to help implement programming and support at our 34 branch and affiliate locations. Join our volunteers and with your help, we can help make military life easier.
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