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In 2011, the Newman’s Own foundation, through a partnership with Fisher House Foundation, awarded the Armed Services YMCA a $300,000 thousand dollar grant to serve military families thru 2012.
The grant provides family support for military families nationwide and has already impacted thousands of military and their families. The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) distributed program grants ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 to support programs at ASYMCA locations serving Marine and Army families, including:
- Camp Pendleton, California.
- 29 Palms, California.
- Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
- Wheeler Army Air Field and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
- Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
- Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
- Fort Hood, Texas.
- Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
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 March 2012, more than $200,000 has been provided in support of 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 Wounded Warriors.
Armed Services YMCA CEO Mike Landers is thrilled with the impact that the Newman’s Own donation continues to make for military families, “we thank our friends at Newman’s Own for their generous donation, as well as the Fisher House for facilitating the Newman’s Own award. We are proud to partner to make military life easier and help our junior enlisted military and their families “pay it forward” by eliminating problems today or ensuring they don’t become greater ones tomorrow.”
For one Marine father from 29 Palms, California, the grant “ brought peace of mind to know (his) family would be taken care of when he deployed ” and know his “ family would not be alone with no one to turn to.”
The Armed Services YMCA was rated in the top 3% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2011, receiving their 6th consecutive 4-star rating. 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 Foundation 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.
The Newman’s Own Foundation donates all net royalties and profits after taxes it receives from the sale of Newman’s Own products to charity. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $300 million to thousands of charities around the world. Please visit www.newmansownfoundation.org to learn more.