Long time Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) corporate sponsor, Raytheon, has awarded $25,000 to the ASYMCA to benefit programs supporting junior-enlisted service members and their families at ASYMCA Hampton Roads.
“This donation will help to expand existing programs at the Community Centers that are in high demand, and might otherwise have been modified or cut due to decreases in local funding. We are thrilled to receive this pledge and genuinely appreciate Raytheon’s continued support of ASYMCA programs and military families,” said Mike Landers, ASYMCA President & CEO.
Raytheon’s award will fund community centers on base in the Hampton Roads community, homecoming ceremonies for service members returning from deployment and sponsor the post-race Family Beach Party for the 2014 Hampton Roads Mud Run annual fundraiser.
Thousands of service members and their families receive support from programs at ASYMCA Hampton Roads each year. Homecoming ceremonies demonstrate patriotism and appreciation from the community and family members to welcome home deployed troops, as a small way of showing gratitude. For service members and their families, homecoming ceremonies often serve as their first reunion following long deployments.
ASYMCA community centers provide no-cost educational classes and social events designed to help low-income junior enlisted families prepare their children for kindergarten and help military spouses build support systems within the community.
“Typically program participants come from single-income households, with young children, and often do not have access to transportation off of the installation. Providing a place for children to learn and spouses to feel connected to a community support system helps make military life easier for them,” said Russell Ariza the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads ASYMCA.
Raytheon has been supporting military families through the ASYMCA for fifteen years with financial and employee volunteer support. Their award will allow the Hampton Roads ASYMCA to expand programming at their community centers from the current three days a week to five days a week. Additional preschool teachers and fitness instructors hired, coupled with the 40 percent increased capacity at the centers, will provide an additional 3,000 individual service members and their families with access to community center programming in 2014.
“Raytheon is committed to supporting our military members and their families. Our involvement and sponsorship of the ASYMCA is one way that we contribute to the programs that directly impact the quality of life of the military,” said Vernon Wallace, Director, Mission Support Team, U.S. Business Development, Raytheon Company and ASYMCA National Board Member.
For more information about Raytheon’s contributions to ASYMCA, to get involved or make a donation please visit www.asymca.org.