The Armed Services YMCA offers programs in the community to help improve the quality of life for service members and their families.
Tony Mino, executive director, said funds from the United Way aid the organization in accomplishing its mission each year.
The ASYMCA receives $25,000 in funding from the United Way each year, less than 1 percent of its annual $3.7 million budget.
Mino said though the funding makes up a small portion of the organization’s budget, those funds are critical.
“They help us with financial assistance and child care,” he said. “Funds are hard to come by, and there are a lot of people out there who need assistance. Every dollar helps.”
The ASYMCA has 31 branches and affiliates supporting 45 of the largest military installations and offering essential programs including child care, hospital assistance, spouse support and food services, deployment support, emergency support and counseling.
“The (United Way) funds help us do our job,” Mino said. “Our primary mission as an Armed Services YMCA is to provide services and assist junior enlisted soldiers and their families by providing opportunities to them that improve quality of life.”
The Armed Services YMCA also offers several teen programs at its Harker Heights facility, 100 E. Beeline Lane.
The YMCA is in the process of raising funds for its new $9.3 million facility to be built near Purser Park. The facility will serve more than 15,000 people from throughout Central Texas and fill a major gap in service for numerous families.