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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


Support our 2021 Annual Appeal

Serving the most vulnerable when they need us most


The uncertainty of the pandemic can leave anyone feeling a little “off”. The past 20 months have caused us to take stock of what is most important in our lives and, despite the sorrow, what we are grateful for. Aside from my own family, Young & Healthy is at the top of my list.

Young & Healthy is my work, but it is so much more. Each day we bear witness to the effects of poverty, trauma and the inequities in our society. Yet, we are very lucky to be in a position of abundance…of people who care, both staff and volunteers; abundance of problem solvers who work daily to remedy the inequities that we see; and abundance of hope and grit. Abundance is a gift.

Jamie is one client who helps me keep things in perspective. Sometimes I can be having my own pandemic pity party and then Jamie arrives at our office.  Just noticing him park his bike in our front lobby changes my day. We don’t know what life has thrown at Jamie and why he is living the way he does, but at Young & Healthy it doesn’t really matter, as we are here to help him resolve as many problems as we can. He has needed help with obtaining and utilizing health insurance, finding a doctor, getting medication and obtaining stimulus money so he can survive. The Young & Healthy team has assisted with all of these issues for Jaime. Meanwhile, Jamie has been tenacious and has amazing grit. He is just barely an adult, is mostly homeless and for reasons that we are not privy to, he does not speak. Can you imagine trying to get help understanding your insurance or making a doctor’s appointment over the phone without speaking?

I am immensely proud of the patience, kindness and tenacity our care team delivers to Jamie in abundance without fail every time he visits. Being witness to such loving care snaps me out of my pandemic pity party in a heartbeat. Come visit us at Young & Healthy if your heart needs a little pep talk.

We hope that you will join us in providing care in abundance.  A financial gift does just that.

Be well and stay well,

Mary Donnelly-Crocker

Executive Director



Join us for our “Got Tools?” Event

Got Tools? 

Young & Healthy Does!!

Please join us for our free, one-hour, mission-based fundraiser to learn about the many tools we use to serve our community. 
Dr. Ying Ying Goh, Director of the Pasadena Public Health Department, will be our guest speaker.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021      8:30-9:30 am

This will be a virtual live-streamed event.   Login at:  
For a delivered breakfast treat to enjoy during our program, RSVP to or call 626-795-5166 with your name, address and phone number. Deliveries (local ONLY) will be made in the afternoon on May 4.

“Got Tools?” Official Invitation


Creating Miles of Smiles

How often do YOU see a dentist?  My dental care routine includes a dental visit every six months, which is considered “usual and customary”. It is easy to take for granted the fact that I have the means and the insurance to have my teenager’s and my dental needs met. Unfortunately, there are far too many children and families in our community who do not have the luxury of access to dental care. Did you know that dental pain is the number one reason cited for school absences? Young & Healthy is regularly witness to children whose teeth hurt and who miss school or can’t concentrate at school simply because they have not had proper dental care.  Can you imagine how difficult it is for a child to pay attention to a math lesson with a throbbing tooth? The effects of no dental care are REAL.

For three decades, Young & Healthy has offered a community Mobile Dental Clinic to tend to the dental needs of children who have either never seen a dentist or whose working families simply cannot afford dental services.  Young & Healthy is excited to announce that we will be offering a second mobile dental clinic during the COVID pandemic. Our next clinic is scheduled for March 11-19, 2021.

Though the need is great, providing these services to the community during this tenuous time is extremely challenging, but with our community partners, we have found ways to host a dental clinic with all of the necessary safety measures to keep patients safe and healthy while receiving treatment. As we proudly look forward to providing comprehensive dental care to the children and families who cannot access care any other way, we kindly ask for your assistance to make it all happen. Every single dollar raised for the clinic helps mitigate the trickle-down effect for kids with dental needs. The time is NOW and YOU can make the difference!

Thank you for your consideration of a gift at this time and for helping us create more healthy smiles!

With Gratitude,

Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Executive Director