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The YMCA Military 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 Military 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.

Summit Y Helps Military Families while loved ones are deployed overseas.

US Army Captain Wasyel Danysh a New Providence resident, has performed two tours of duty in Iraq over the last few years. During his last mission in December, his family was given the opportunity to participate at the Summit YMCA as members at no cost.  Because of the YMCA’s Outreach Initiative with the Armed Services and the Department of Defense, his family had access to youth development, family strengthening, health and well-being programming.

Words were not sufficient enough to express his appreciation to the Y for keeping his family active during a stressful time. So Captain Danysh presented a flag to the Summit Y that was carried by his Company on Christmas Day 2009 during a flight mission.  “Some organizations say they will help military families, but the Y really does it, my family is very appreciative with all the Y has offered to us,” said Captain Danysh. 

Because of all that the YMCA does to support the Military American Legion Post 138, represented by William Rapp and Dr. Murray Ross, donated over $1,200 to the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign in 2009.


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