Community Partner: Armed Services YMCA

The Armed Services YMCA started in 1861 by “Y” volunteers who wanted to provide supportive services to soldiers in the Civil War. Since then, the Armed Services YMCA has grown into a national organization with thirteen branches across the country, with San Diego being the largest. The San Diego branch of the Armed Services YMCA was founded in 1920, and we have been by providing programs and services to active-duty service members and their families throughout San Diego County ever since.

Armed Services YMCA San Diego enhances the lives of active-duty service members and their families in mind, body, and spirit by providing programs and services relevant to the unique challenges of military life.  We recognize that while an individual may enlist, the whole family serves.

The Armed Services YMCA San Diego strengthens military families’ ranks E1-E7 stationed in San Diego County.  We serve all members of the military family through three primary program areas:

  • Social Work – provides urgent needs assistance, respite child care, and in-home clinical counseling to service members and their families.
  • Family & Youth Enrichment – provides after-school and camp programs for military children, and programs for military spouses that enhance education and social connection.
  • Warrior Care Initiative– located at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, this program assists patients and families with rehabilitation and recovery.

Military Spouse Symposium

The Armed Services YMCA is hosting its 2nd Annual Military Spouse Symposium on May 29, 2019. This event will enrich the lives of military spouses stationed in San Diego – providing them with services, guest speakers, and beneficial workshops. Whether you have been in San Diego for a while or are new to the city, this symposium offers a unique opportunity to meet and network with over 200 military spouses, special guests, and community leaders. For corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Phillip Sammuli at


Tim Ney
Executive Director
(858) 987-1234