We are P.R.O.U.D.
Please Remember Our Unwavering Devotion
The Navy Marine Corps P.R.O.U.D. Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing financial and in-kind support to San Diego County’s Navy Marine Corps Relief Society programs & local active duty Sailors, Marines, Veterans, Retirees and their families in need.
Military personnel will deploy for an average of 6-18 months even during peaceful times. They will often miss birthdays, anniversaries and holidays to serve our country.
There has been an increase of dual-military relationships, roughly accounting for 85,000 dual-military couples currently serving in the U.S. This means double the deployments and double the moves.
Military families relocate 10 times more often than civilian families, averaging out to one move every 2-3 years. These moves are often demanding on emotional and financial levels for the entire family.
Jeanie Spies, PROUD Foundation Board President
“Many years ago, as a military spouse, I volunteered with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society helping Sailors and Marines with budgeting and financial aid. There was nothing more rewarding to me than assisting service members experiencing financial hardship. Fast forward to 2014. I had just retired from the best job I ever had as the Director of a Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society office. During this time a small cadre of Relief Society supporters met and envisioned the PROUD Foundation. This Foundation would support the six San Diego Relief Society offices with direct client assistance, food cards and gas cards. Fortunately, this has been a reality since 2018!
As you may know San Diego County is home to over 100,000 active-duty military members, the largest military presence in the United States. If you include family members, veterans, and retirees living in the area, the number reaches over 800,000 men and women who have served or have supported someone in uniform. Living in this high-cost region often means our military families and veterans need additional financial support when an emergency happens. That’s where we step in. The Navy Marine Corps PROUD Foundation is positioned to assist in their time of need.
Since our inception in 2018 PROUD has: served over 5,000 Sailors, Marines, Veterans, and their families; distributed 1,955 gift cards to the local Society offices; and provided $21,600 in grants. We continue to serve the San Diego community and expand our impact with the support of amazing volunteers, donors, and sponsors. And as a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit we focus more funds towards helping our military members and their families in need.
It is a great honor to serve as the President of the Navy Marine Corps PROUD Foundation. I look forward to what we can achieve together this year and beyond.”
Navy Marine Corps PROUD Foundation
Some of our success stories
“Within a matter of hours our sailor received financial assistance.”
The Miramar office recently reached out to PROUD regarding a sailor who was in a bind. Within a matter of hours, our sailor received the financial assistance she needed. PROUD is committed to helping our service members.
Arlette Mendoza Director, Miramar NMCRS
“What a true relief you provide.”
With the rising costs of food and gas the gift cards from P.R.O.U.D. have truly been a blessing to Marines and Sailors who are struggling financially under our current US inflation rates. What a true relief you provide and for that we are grateful!Donna Miranda, Director, NMCRS Camp Pendleton North
“I didn’t think twice about calling PROUD Foundation for help.”
I am grateful to PROUD Foundation! When we realized NMCRS assistance for my client would be limited due to their type of reserve orders I didn't think twice and immediately called PROUD who partnered with us to fully meet their needs.
Traci Schuck, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society - Naval Base North Island
“I’m so grateful they were able to help.”
We truly appreciate the gift cards and the assistance that PROUD has provided to service members. I'm so grateful they were able to help in the 29 Palms case. PROUD was the first organization I thought of when the Director called me looking for any help I could provide.
William Beath, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society - Camp Pendleton
“The need continues unabated.”
Thank you for PROUD's support. I can tell you that all the gift cards that the PROUD Foundation donates are used quickly. The need continues unabated.
Barry White, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society - Naval Base San Diego