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Diversity and Inclusion - Military Outreach


The YMCA values the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, and has always counted it an honor to contribute to their health and wellbeing. We have served military members and their families in every U.S. conflict since the Civil War. Throughout World War I, the Y provided morale and welfare services for the military. During World War II the YMCA, along with five other national voluntary organizations, founded the United Service Organizations for National Defense, today known as the USO. Giving back to those who serve is part of our mission to strengthen communities. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together.

Support When It Matters Most

Deployment can be a stressful and uncertain time for our nation’s servicemen and women and their families. In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, the Y is proud to offer memberships and respite childcare services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during the difficult time when loved ones are away from home. It’s our hope that these individuals and families will feel a sense of belonging here at the Y. And we consider it a privilege to give back to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country.

Service Members Make Great Servant Leaders

The Y recognizes the exceptional leadership strengths, skills and experiences that veterans, reservists and military spouses bring to the workforce. If you have a connection to the military and are transitioning into civilian life, we encourage you to research a possible career with the Y.

Military Outreach
For Social Responsibility

Military Memberships

The Y understands that military families are under enormous strain. As a member of the Y, you and your family can spend quality time together and enjoy fun activities in a warm, supportive environment. It’s also a place to meet other military families who can relate to your unique lifestyle of service.

We hope you discover that the YMCA of Greater Charlotte is more than a gym or a pool, but a place where you can feel a sense of belonging.

Military Volunteer Opportunities

The Y highly values the leadership and teambuilding skills military service members and veterans possess and would like to extend an invitation to you to consider volunteering in our organization. We believe you’d be a perfect fit for the Y and think this is a great place for your next contribution. Take a look at our many opportunities to use your unique talents and skills for good in our community as a volunteer coach, mentor or program leader.

Respite Childcare

If you’re part of a military family with one spouse away from the household on deployment, the remaining caregiver can become overwhelmed by the added responsibilities in and outside of the home. We offer care for military children in a safe and nurturing environment while you take some much deserved time for yourself. You can leave to catch up on errands, stay and enjoy a tension-relieving class or simply relax.

Respite childcare is available for infants and children up to 12 years of age.