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About Us

Who We Are

The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is the constant in a military family’s life: on the home front, during deployment, when transitioning between bases, and in times of conflict and peace.

The ASYMCA is an Association of the YMCA of the USA that is specifically dedicated to serving active duty junior enlisted military service members and their families of all six armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard. The oldest military support organization in the U.S., the ASYMCA has been “Strengthening Our Military Family®” since 1861 through its 12 branches and 24 affiliate partners, serving 87 military installations and facilities nationwide. Our nationally and locally tailored programs and services for our nation’s troops and their families are offered at no or low cost and require no dues or membership fees.

Here in San Diego, we have programs in the Murphy Canyon, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and Horse of the Sun Ranch in Pine Valley. For more than 100 years we’ve supported San Diego’s military community. Our first location at 500 Broadway opened to military members in 1924. During that time programs focused on physical activity, community, and religion. As the need for support grew, so did our programs. In 1970, ASYMCA San Diego moved into the middle of military housing in Murphy Canyon and led patient recreation programs at Naval Medical Center. Fast forward to 2020, when we provided drive-thru meal distributions, virtual youth activities, and more to families during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Physical and mental health are critical for military families, which is why we offer a variety of programs for the whole self and the whole family.

Health and wellness services include:

  • Support services for wounded, injured, or ill service members or family members
  • Child Care for medical appointments at Naval Medical Center San Diego
  • Community events to connect military families with each other and with resources
  • And more!

Children are the heart of our organization because they are the ones who often sacrifice the most. We are honored to provide programs that educate, engage, and entertain children of all ages.

Youth development programs include:

  • Early Education Programs
  • Summer and Holiday Camps
  • Before & After School programs
  • And more!

Mission readiness is as much of a mindset as it is a tactical operation. It’s critical that service members know the home front is safe and sound when they deploy for duty.

Social Responsibility initiatives include:

  • Food Security for Military Families
  • Holiday Travel Assistance for Military Families
  • Resiliency Programs for Military Children
  • And more!


The Armed Services YMCA San Diego provides free or low-cost programs and services for military children, spouses, and the family unit to help ease the unique challenges of military life. This is how we strengthen our military families.

Our Annual Mission Impact for 2022:


Families provided with critical services


Points of Service delivered to military families


Youth enrolled in education and skill-building programs

News, Info, & Stories

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We Take Accountability Seriously

The Armed Services YMCA is proud of our fiscal responsibility and the designation as a top- rated charity. Our consistently outstanding results are based on all aspects that determine the value of a nonprofit: fundraising expenses, administration, transparency of finances, good governance practices, and other leading benchmarks.

The Armed Services YMCA prides itself on using our generous donor contributions wisely and sharing how donations are strengthening our military family through quality programs and services.

Our Charity Ratings

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4-Star Rated

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A Grade

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