Our members are the mission. That’s the mindset for all of us here at Navy Federal Credit Union. We’re dedicated not only to serving our members, but also to giving back. Their success and well-being is something we’re willing to roll up our sleeves for.
Getting involved with our members and their communities presents unique opportunities for us. One is finding like-minded organizations rooted in supporting the military, veterans and their families. When we work together with partners like this, we’re able to help our members in countless ways. That’s why we support Fisher House Foundation and all the great work they do.
Working With Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation puts servicemembers, veterans and their families first by giving them an exceptional place to stay when their loved ones need medical care. Families stay at no cost and are given comfortable homes with all the amenities they need. Their network consists of 91 Fisher Houses located near major military and Department of Veteran Affairs hospitals throughout the country and overseas.
Since 1990, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $525 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation. More than 413,000 families have stayed at a Fisher House. No matter the era, Fisher House Foundation helps servicemembers during times when they need it most.
For Navy Federal, Fisher House Foundation is a natural partner. In fact, employees from across the credit union have been working alongside Fisher House throughout their careers. Here are a few of their stories.
Erica at our Winchester, Va. campus shared her story, “My team held an event to donate valentines to local veterans at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs hospital. We also held a drawing at the end to win a donated electric guitar. The team donated over 135 items, including 22 face masks that were donated by a veteran—who won the guitar!”
Jaimee at one of our branches in Hawaii told us about her experience. “Staff at the Fisher House Foundation did an excellent job making the holiday spirit come through with their beautiful holiday decorations at their facility,” she explained. “After the holidays, our team at the Kailua branch helped put away the many different decorations both inside the Fisher House and outside on the grounds.
While putting items away, we got to meet and engage with some of the families, some that were there for a few days and others that lived there for weeks. It was a humbling experience and I will always be grateful for what Fisher House is doing.”
Alicia from our Richmond, Va. branch team also had positive things to say. “Despite being in a global pandemic, the North Richmond, Midlothian and Fort Lee branches were able to gather over 200 items for donation to support the local Fisher House! The Fisher House was grateful for the support, and it goes to show the power of collaborative efforts as we look forward to the next opportunity to work together!”
As you might have guessed, these are just a few of the countless stories from our team members who rally behind the military community. We share that spirit with the Fisher House Foundation, which is why so many of us choose to donate their time and energy with the organization.
Military Families First
It’s truly a rewarding experience, and it’s even more rewarding when we hear about those who benefit from our work. Take the Gaspar Family, an Air Force family stationed in Japan. In 2020, they stayed at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center Fisher House while wife and mother of the family, Kimberly, was treated for a brain tumor.
The family of five spent the first half of 2020 together at Fisher House during one of the scariest times for their family and the entire world.
“A safe, warm and supportive, communal household where we could keep our family intact and persevere while my wife received her much-needed care at the hospital, which was a few minutes' walk away,” said Maj. Ian Gaspar. “For that, we will always be grateful for the support given by Fisher House Foundation.”
Servicemembers and their families are our idols, our champions and our members. We’re proud to give back to their communities and partner with Fisher House Foundation for the important work they do. You can learn more about ways to get involved with Fisher House at fisherhouse.org.