The Armed Services YMCA was born on the battlefields of the Civil War when dedicated volunteers organized to provide comfort and aide to American troops on the front lines. Our iconic Coffee Wagon was instrumental in providing comfort to war fighters, allowing YMCA volunteers to produce vast amounts of food and hot coffee for weary and wounded troops.

In 2021, the Armed Services YMCA celebrates 160 years of continuous service. In recognition of our Civil War roots, we are honored to partner with Veteran Roasters, a veteran-owned craft coffee company whose mission is to find veterans who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, and give them an opportunity to gain back their dignity while roasting some great coffee.