February 5, 2010

YMCA Military Outreach Initiative

Armed Services YMCA


(Info found on the YMCA site.)

The Armed Services YMCA and Department of Defense Outreach Initiative offers YMCA memberships to eligible military families and personnel who may not have access to a nearby military facility.

Eligible military families and personnel include:

  • Family members of deployed National Guard and Reservists
  • Active Duty Independent Duty personnel and their families as approved by their Military Service Headquarters
  • Relocated spouses and family members of deployed Active Duty personnel
    Note: Eligibility is for Title 10 personnel only.

Respite Child Care
In addition, the Outreach Initiative offers respite child care services for children whose parent or guardian needs temporary respite from their role as primary caregiver in the absence of a deployed spouse. Click here to find out more.

Getting Started

To receive membership benefits from the YMCA Military Outreach Initiative, eligible military families and personnel should follow these steps:

  1. Contact Military OneSource at www.militaryonesource.com or 800-342-9647 to confirm eligibility and receive an eligibility form.
  2. Find a participating YMCA
  3. Fill out and bring your eligibility form, Military ID and any other required documentation (generally your Deployment Orders or Military Service Headquarters approval letter) to a participating YMCA for verification (please do not leave copies of these documents at the YMCA).


The Department of Defense will underwrite memberships at participating YMCAs for an initial six-month period for each eligible family and service member. Membership renewals in subsequent six-month intervals (up to 12 or 18 months depending on eligibility) will be funded based on a military family’s or service member’s ability to meet the participation requirement of eight visits to a YMCA each month.

Note: The list of locations updates daily as new YMCAs register to participate in the YMCA Military Outreach Initiative. Please check back to find the location nearest you. Or, call your local YMCA directly and ask to speak with the Membership Director who can provide information about the initiative.

About the YMCA Outreach Initiative

YMCA of the USA, the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense have launched the YMCA Military Outreach Initiative to address the needs of families of deployed military personnel who live far from a military installation and require access to child development, family strengthening, and health and well-being programming.

The YMCA Military Outreach Initiative leverages the YMCA movement’s national scale and mission to engage families facing the hardship and uncertainty of military deployment. The nation’s 2,686 YMCAs have the unique capacity to respond to the needs of this widely dispersed population through supportive, community-based programs that foster a healthy spirit, mind and body

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