The Armed Services YMCA San Diego Makes Military Life Easier.
The Armed Services YMCA San Diego (ASY) is the oldest and largest non-profit organization in San Diego that is solely devoted to helping military personnel and their families by providing free programs and services that help strengthen young families as they learn to cope with the unique challenges of military life. ASY strives to make military life easier through programs for active duty personnel, military families, and wounded, injured, and ill service members. Currently, we have over 9,000 point of service each month, primarily targeting our local population of enlisted (E1-E7) service members with programs that focus on healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. The Armed Services YMCA San Diego was established in 1920 with the mission to enhance the lives of junior enlisted service members and their families.
History of the National ASYMCA
On a national level, the history of the Armed Services YMCA dates back to the Civil War, when a group of local YMCA members volunteered their time to deliver relief services, of emergency medical supplies, food and clothing, to service members. These volunteer actions set the stage for what is now the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA). While today the Armed Services YMCA is a social service agency distinct from a traditional recreational YMCA, our histories are intertwined and we continue to share the core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
Today, there are 33 Armed Services YMCA branches and affiliates nationwide.