The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is a national member association of the YMCA of the USA and works with the Department of Defense. The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska operates 5 locations at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and 3 locations at Fort Wainwright offering more than 30 critical programs and services.
The Armed Services YMCA’s roots date back to 1861 when some 5,000 dedicated YMCA volunteers took to the battlefields of the Civil War alongside America’s young men -- an act that moved President Abraham Lincoln to commend the YMCA for their “benevolent undertaking for the benefit of the soldiers.” The tradition of the YMCA following the flag has continued into every war and conflict that the United States has been involved, making the Armed Services YMCA the nation’s first volunteer organization to serve the military. The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska has proudly carried on this fine tradition by serving military members and their families stationed in Alaska since 1941.
The mission of the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska isto provide support to service members and their families through educational, recreational, and social programs.
The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization exemplifying the American spirit of caring. We provide support services for more than 60,000 military service members and their families stationed in Alaska, with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women — the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. In addition, we offer services to military members coming home to Alaska and to those passing through the state on official military business.
Program Description & Beneficiaries
The ASYMCA of Alaska serves military men, women, and their families serving in Alaska, offering more than 30 critical programs and services that are designed to alleviate stress, assist with life challenges, and increase the morale and welfare of our nation’s heroes.
With the help of sponsors and volunteers, ASYMCA of Alaska serves our Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve communities in Anchorage, Fairbanks and outlying areas, with a concentration on the junior enlisted members in pay grades E-5 and below.
In 2011 more than 120,000 members of military community benefited from our programs and services.