The Armed Services YMCA enhances the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind, and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.
Our focus is to provide needed programs and services for single or married junior enlisted personnel and their family members. The Armed Services YMCA Fort Leonard Wood empowers military families, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships, and opportunities for all to learn, grow, and thrive.
Armed Services YMCA Fort Leonard Wood operates programs and services to ease the burden of military families and single service members who are currently serving, with an emphasis on junior enlisted personnel. We work with installation leadership to ensure a network of support for military families stationed at Fort Leonard Wood and the surrounding areas. This collaboration allows us to identify and address gaps in services that pose a hardship to service members and their families—hardships that can negatively affect mission readiness.
Stronghold Food Pantry
Stronghold Food Pantry is more than a pantry. Opening December 2023. Registration for shop times will be required. Dates and times of pantry open hours are TBD. Check back for updates.
Operation Deploy Your Dress
Operation Deploy Your Dress’s primary goal is to improve the quality of life of military families by offsetting the high cost of attending formal military functions, especially for junior servicemembers.
Operation Little Learners
Operation Little Learners is an interactive education program that offers new parents and their children ages 18 months -5 an opportunity to learn and grow together.
Operation Ride Home
Nationally sponsored by Jack Daniels, Operation Ride Home provides financial assistance to active duty junior enlisted military and their families to travel home for the holidays.
Emergency Food Assistance
COMING SOON! The Armed Services YMCA Fort Leonard Wood aids military families by providing food items in times of crisis, such as pandemics, natural disasters, or financial emergencies.
Our programs empower young people, improve health and well-being, as well as provide support and inspire action in our communities today and every day. Explore our offerings below to discover new ways to connect to your purpose, potential, and each other.See All Our Programs
MILITARY SUPPORT PROGRAMS
Browse programs exclusively tailored to meet the needs of military members and their families serving in the Fort Leonard Wood community.
The Armed Services YMCA Fort Leonard Wood offers early education and development opportunities for toddlers, camps and fitness programs for school-age children, and family bonding opportunities for all ages.
The Armed Services YMCA provides programs to help brighten the holidays and strengthen family connections to bolster resiliency in families struggling with the challenges of military life.
The number of times military children will be transferred by the 12th grade
The percentage of military families who feel isolated from their communities
7 in 10
The ratio of military parents struggling to access affordable, quality childcare.
The percentage of military children on free or reduced-price lunch programs.