The Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton has served active-duty military families at Camp Pendleton for the past 78 years. Last year, they made touch points to 32,500 Marines, Sailors and their families through dozens of programs and services.
However, COVID-19 forced Camp Pendleton to re-imagine all programs and services to safely serve families throughout the pandemic. The monthly food and diaper distribution program became a drive-through event, preschool programs were offered virtually, and safety protocols were enacted to continue operating the Recreation Center for School of Infantry Marines, as well as holiday programming.
Base command specifically asked the Armed Services YMCA to keep Fisher Children’s Center open throughout the pandemic as many essential active-duty families could not find quality childcare. The Armed Services YMCA was ready for the challenge. With reduced ratios and enhanced safety protocols, Fisher Children’s Center began offering full day, affordable childcare for active-duty military families, and even opened a school-aged classroom to support students navigating their virtual school schedules.
Thanks to your support, Camp Pendleton continues to make an impactful difference in the lives of military families.
“I am so grateful for the Armed Services YMCA Fisher Children’s Center. As a full-time working mom with no other support in California, Fisher Children’s Center allowed me to continue working my essential job throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t know where I’d be without them. The staff are incredible and take such good care of my daughter – they are truly strengthening my family in so many ways.” –Parent, Camp Pendleton, CA
To learn more about the programs and services provided by the Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton branch, visit their website here.