About Us

Who We Are

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

The ASYMCA is an Association of the YMCA of the USA, 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.


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:

  • Recreation and Morale Opportunities
  • Family Readiness Group Support
  • Youth Resiliency Programs (Operation Hero)
  • 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 (Operation Little Learners, 5 Star Kids Academy Pre-K)
  • Summer Camps (Operation Summer Camp)
  • After School STREAM Program (5 Star Kids Academy)
  • 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:

  • Emergency Food Relief for Military Families (Patriot’s Pantry)
  • Holiday Travel Assistance for Military Families
  • Resiliency Programs for Military Children (Operation Hero)
  • And more!


The Armed Services YMCA Hampton Roads 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

Our mission is hard at work. Read about our how our local and national programs and services are making a difference in the lives of young military families, or find informative contributions from military spouses across the country.

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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

Charity Navigator

4-Star Rated

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Charity Watch

A Grade

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Candid Guidestar

Platinum Seal of Transparency

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Executive Committee and Committee Chairpersons

RADM Kevin Slates (USN Ret)
Board Chairman

John “Gucci” Malfitano
Board Vice Chairman

Dave Duffié

Matt Storrs

Laura Baxter
Executive Director


Board of Management Members

Daniel T. Doyle

Peter DeMane

Robert (Bob) Oldani
Lisa Thompson
Josef (Joe) Marks
Jeff Guild
Karen Minson
Juan Orozco
Kathleen (Kathy) Owens
Holly Cuellar

Dani Brinson