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Chris Stidman, left, president of the United Health Foundation, joined state Sen. Patricia Bates and Sgt. Major Julio Meza today to announce a $150,000 grant to increase capacity and enhance the curriculum of the Fisher Children’s Center at Camp Pendleton. The Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton, United Health Foundation and Fisher House Foundation are collaborating to increase capacity and enhance the curriculum of the center. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker)

New $150,000 Grant Will Help Expand Child Development Programs at Fisher Children’s Center, Camp Pendleton

Camp Pendleton CA— The Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton, United Health Foundation and Fisher House Foundation are collaborating to increase capacity and enhance the curriculum of the Fisher Children’s Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, the organizations announced a $150,000 grant from United Health Foundation that will help more military families access to affordable and quality child-development programs on base.

The event included an open house at the Fisher Children’s Center at Camp Pendleton, along with a gathering of military families and a display of a children’s art exhibit.

Mirna Nolasco, a teacher at the Fisher Children’s Center, supervises toddlers at the center today. The Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton, United Health Foundation and Fisher House Foundation are collaborating to increase capacity and enhance the curriculum of the Fisher Children’s Center at Camp Pendleton. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker)

In 2014, United Health Foundation donated $2.65 million to fund the construction of Camp Pendleton Fisher House, which provides military and veterans’ families a place to stay at no cost while their loved ones are receiving treatment at the nearby Naval Hospital. This collaboration extends the reach of this support further into the Camp Pendleton community to improve the quality of life for military families.


About Armed Services YMCA

The Armed Services YMCA has served military members and their families for more than years 150 years, dating back to the Civil War. The organization supports more than 500,000 young enlisted soldiers, sailors, airmen, and their family members each year. The Armed Services YMCA strengthens our military family by providing programs and services that advance healthy living, promote youth development and increase military family resilience. The Armed Services YMCA is able to support so many deserving military members and their families through the continued support of individual and corporate donors. To learn more, please visit asymca.org.

About Fisher House Foundation

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths.  Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.  Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee.  Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $360 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge.  The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.

About United Health Foundation

Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health Foundation has committed nearly $358 million to programs and communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at www.unitedhealthgroup.com/SocialResponsibility.