Travis AFB, CA | Press Release | June 26, 2012
Ms. Diana Danaher, ASYMCA Program Manager, 707.423.3378 or 707.423.3376.
Scott Celley, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, 602.564.2526, firstname.lastname@example.org
Solano County, CA (June 26, 2012) — Local military families will continue to receive much-needed support and services from the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) through the help of a $300,000 contribution from longtime supporter TriWest Healthcare Alliance.
Facing budget deficits that would have placed popular programs and services—including social events for military children and recognitions of military community members—in jeopardy, the donation will now go toward keeping those programs available for thousands of military families in the Travis AFB area in 2012-2013.
Travis Air Force Base-area programs helped by the contribution include:
- Peep Drop Child Watch at Travis AFB Fitness Center. TriWest has sponsored Peep Drop at the Fitness Center since July 1, 2011. In 2011, with the support of TriWest funding and our community volunteers, Peep Drop was able to provide over 4,000 child watch appointments for Travis AFB families.
- Operation Hero. The Armed Services YMCA started the Operation Hero program at Travis Air Force Base in 2003. The funding received from TriWest has provided a tutor and mentoring program at several elementary schools in the Travis AFB area that has reached over 1174 students in the 1st through 6th grades since the program's inception. Operation Hero is a vital resource for the schools when they have students who are struggling either academically or socially. The children that have participated in the program have experienced growth in both their grades and their ability to be more resilient in life as they face the many challenges of being a child in a military family.
- Teddy’s Child Watch at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB. TriWest has sponsored the ASYMCA‘s Children’s Waiting Room at David Grant Medical Center location for the past 7 years. Their support has enabled us to provide drop-in child watch for over 3,000 children and allowed over 2,000 parents to go to their medical/dental appointment and provide a safe, healthy, fun, supervised environment for children to wait for their parents' return.
“TriWest stepping up and continuing to fully fund their charitable partners says it all,” said ASYMCA President and CEO Mike Landers. “They care about troops and their families, and the ASYMCA continues to be a proud partner alongside them.”
A Phoenix-based company that administers the U.S. military’s TRICARE health benefit in 21 western states, TriWest is proud to support the ASYMCA and their community outreach efforts, said TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr.
“We’re truly privileged to be able to help the ASYMCA in the military communities that we have the honor of serving together,” McIntyre said.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance has been On a Mission to Serve® America’s military families since 1996. We connect our 2.9 million military members, retirees and families across 21 western states to more than 175,000 high-quality health care providers. It’s our honor to deliver award-winning customer service through a team of 1,700 people, half of whom have military connections. Life in the military has its challenges—accessing health care shouldn’t be one of them. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and our blog.
About the Armed Services YMCA
The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) was rated in the top 3% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2011 achieving their highest rating for the 6th consecutive year. The ASYMCA makes military life easier with free and low-cost programs for nearly 500,000 junior enlisted military and their families each year at 33 branches and affiliates nationwide. Please visit www.www.asymca.org to learn more.