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Young & Healthy Gala Video: Something Tells Me It’s All Happening at the Zoo

Something Tells Me It’s All Happening at the Zoo was a roaring success. Congratulations to our J. Donald Thomas Award honorees, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and the Helen and Will Webster Foundation. We would like to thank all our Patron sponsors but especially Leigh Richart, OPTUM, Huntington Health, Laura and John Babcock, Tina and Scott Bryson, Jim and Gail Ellis, Caroline and Nick Howell, The Mayne Family, Sandy and Jason Roberts, and Summerkids & The DiMassa Family. With all of our patron and guest support, we raised over $200,000 to benefit all the important programs that Young & Healthy funds to support the underserved and uninsured children of the greater Pasadena area.

Young & Healthy Notecards



Young & Healthy is now selling notecards. These blank 4×6″ notecards are designed by a talented student artist at Rose City High School. We are selling packs of 10 for $15 and all proceeds benefit our important programs that serve uninsured and underserved children and families in the greater Pasadena area.  Please contact Doreen to place your order for cards by emailing

Support Our 2022 Annual Appeal

This Community is Our Home…and in Our House No Child Shall Go Unserved

Dear Friends,

It is the time of year when I pause to reflect on what has been and all that may be in the year ahead. I am filled with gratitude for so much – four magical grandchildren, a loving family, good health – and the opportunity to join the Young & Healthy team as the new Executive Director. Young & Healthy staff members are not “just” excellent at their jobs; they are also knowledgeable, persistent, and kind-hearted. It should be no surprise that last year, despite myriad challenges, Young & Healthy helped over 2,500 lower income, underserved children and their families to access essential health care services at their time of greatest need. Staff delivered insurance enrollment and advocacy services over 1,300 times and trained over 2,300 people to mitigate the impact of trauma on a child’s brain through trauma informed care.

These numbers only tell part of our story. We have a volunteer corps that last year gave us nearly 16,500 hours of service! Thanks to them over 1,000 first graders learned about good dental hygiene. Our network of 349 professional volunteers donated nearly 2,400 health appointments to our clients, valued at nearly $2.5 million. It is truly overwhelming to see the kindness of these volunteers who take the time to make sure that every child in Pasadena can thrive.

I recently learned about Ida Puliwa from two of Young & Healthy’s founders, Lorna Miller and Don Thomas. Ms. Puliwa grew up in a Malawi village that did not support the education of its girls. A fortuitous meeting with a Virginia Tech professor visiting her village led to the professor’s offer to pay for Ms. Puliwa’s education. She asked only that someday she “pay it forward.” Ms. Puliwa eventually earned her Ph.D. in the U.S. and today spreads the word that through the kindness of strangers we can make a difference.

Isn’t that really what it’s about? Every day, our staff delivers life-enhancing services that are largely made possible because of you – veritable strangers who understand how important it is to invest in the health and well-being of children who come from under-resourced and under-privileged homes throughout our region. While you may never have the chance to meet any of these beautiful children and their loving families, your gift will make a tangible difference in their lives.

Thank you for the kindness you bring into the world. Please join us with a financial contribution to help us realize our vision that all children in our community have a “village” that cares about them and an equal opportunity for a healthy life.

With gratitude,

Ellen Kramer

Executive Director


Donate in Honor of Mary’s Farewell

Celebrating 33 years of vision, compassion and leadership


As I prepare to leave this organization that I love so much, I want to express my thanks to you and our 500+ volunteers who have meant the world to me and Young & Healthy over these past 32 years. Your generosity and compassion have allowed Young & Healthy to provide a full array of health care services and simultaneously create new programs and services that take the “long view” of the health of our community children who would otherwise go without.

In the last year alone, more than 350 healthcare professionals have provided over 20,000 services to almost 2,000 underserved children and adults, offering them direct healthcare services, COVID-19 resources, insurance and tax assistance, parent training, mindfulness education and more.

Working at Young & Healthy has fed my soul and I leave knowing that with the faithful work of our incredible staff and your continued financial support, this organization will continue to offer children the ability to feel worth, importance and security in a world where their families fight the private and discouraging battle against poverty.

Thank you for partnering with us to make a difference.

With much gratitude,

Mary Donnelly-Crocker
Executive Director