FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mari Jo Imig, Executive Director, Alaska Armed Services YMCA, (907) 552-9622.
Newman’s Own Foundation, the Armed Services YMCA and the Fisher House Work Together to Impact 12,772 Military and their Families Nationwide
Anchorage, AK – August 21st, 2012- In 2011, Newman’s Own Foundation awarded the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) a $300,000 grant, facilitated by Fisher House, to serve military families thru 2012.
The grant provides family support for 12,772 Military Families nationwide during a two year period by offering relief with free programs, services and emergency support. The ASYMCA distributed program grants ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 to support programs at eight ASYMCA locations serving Marine and Army families. 12,772 Military and their families were impacted by the generous donation from Newman’s Own Foundation with program support from the Armed Services YMCA and Fisher House.
A Case from the Alaska ASYMCA of a Military Family Impacted by the Grant:
Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright ASYMCA, Alaska.
- Financial assistance was given to support the widow of a soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan. He was assigned to Fort Wainwright. The Army would pay for the wife to fly to Dover to claim her husband’s body, but they were not willing to send an attendant to help support her and the kids during this time of extreme grief and sadness. We paid for her to have a good friend to go with her and support the spouse in addition to helping with the children while they travelled to/from Dover. One of the son’s completed our ASYMCA Operation Hero program at his school in North Pole, Alaska. The son went through the 10 weeks of Operation Hero, which was a great opportunity for him to bond with other military kids, and to have extra, positive adult interaction. At the completion of the 10 weeks, you could see the impact the class had in the smile that was across his face at graduation. His mother, our Operation Hero teacher, and his regular school teacher all commented on the positive strides he had made; academically, socially and behaviorally.
Free ASYMCA programs target junior enlisted and their families, who are typically younger and have more financial and emotional burdens without nearby family to assist. As of June, 2012, the entire $300,000 grant has been expended to provide relief for thousands of military and their families. Direct support has included: emergency assistance, respite for medical issues, summer camp opportunities for low income families, diapers, groceries, car repairs, emergency housing, house fires, and support for travel and respite for families of the fallen and wounded warriors.
Armed Services YMCA CEO Mike Landers is thrilled with the impact that the Newman’s Own Foundation support continues to make for military families. “We thank our friends at Newman’s Own Foundation for their generous donation, as well as the Fisher House for facilitating the Newman’s Own Foundation award. We are proud to partner to make military life easier for military families through innovative programs that pay it forward and eliminate or mitigate problems before they become insurmountable.”
“Newman’s Own Foundation is proud to support the Armed Services YMCA,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “During this period in our nation’s history, we feel it is especially important to support organizations that serve military personnel and their families, in a way which hopefully will draw the attention of others to step forward and express their gratitude to all who serve.”
For the 6th consecutive year, the Armed Services YMCA was rated in the top 3% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2011. The ASYMCA makes military life easier with free and low-cost programs for nearly 500,000 junior enlisted and their families each year at 33 branches and affiliates nationwide. Please visit www.www.asymca.org to learn more.
The Fisher House is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Please visit www.fisherhouse.org to learn more.
Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net royalties and profits from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $350 million to thousands of charities around the world. Please visit www.newmansownfoundation.org to learn more.
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