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Space Foundation Partners With Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center to Support Military Families

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — May 2, 2024 —  Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering education, collaboration and information for the global space ecosystem, today announced that in commemoration of Memorial Day, it is partnering with Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center to make an astronomic impact on students and military families.

During the month of May and continuing through Sunday, June 16, 2024, every $50 donation made to Space Foundation will fund an immersive science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) experience for a student and gift a Space Foundation Discovery Center Passport membership to a family served by Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center. The Passport membership will allow year-long entry to Space Foundation Discovery Center in addition to more than 350 science centers and museums worldwide, igniting learning opportunities and providing military families with the opportunity to spend quality time together.

“Space Foundation is proud to partner with Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center to create cherished memories for military families and provide their children with valuable STEAM resources,” said Melissa Patton, Space Foundation vice president of education. “A visit to a museum not only strengthens familial bonds but also cultivates a sense of belonging and ignites inspiration. We’re excited to extend this incredible opportunity to our esteemed service members and their families.”

Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center is a nonprofit dedicated to providing best practices for military, veterans and their families through accessible programs, integrated resources, and collaborative partnerships that empower lives and strengthen our community. With its community partners, Mt. Carmel is dramatically changing the way the military community and their families receive critical services and support.

“Mt. Carmel’s partnership with Space Foundation is all about supporting our military members, veterans and their families,” said Bob McLaughlin, executive director, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center. “Both teams working together are committed to making our community better for those who serve today and those who have served in the past.”

To learn more about the partnership and how to contribute, visit

About Space Foundation Discovery Center

Space Foundation Discovery Center is a hands-on, interactive space and science center focused on inspiring, educating and preparing the next generation of explorers and innovators in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Partnerships with government, educational institutions, and commercial enterprises support science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) exhibits and programming including:

  • El Pomar Space Gallery
  • Boeing Additive Manufacturing Space Laboratory
  • Northrop Grumman Science Center, featuring Science On a Sphere®
  • Lockheed Martin Space Education Center, including the Mars Robotics Lab and the Education Activities Center

About Space Foundation 

Space Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering education, collaboration and information for the global space ecosystem. Driven by partnerships, Space Foundation unites the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through support from corporate members, sponsors, fundraising and grants. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center

Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, a nonprofit serving Southern Colorado, provides transition and employment assistance, behavioral health and wellness, supportive services, connection to community resources, and safe event space for veterans, military members and their families. Phil Long Dealership CEO Jay Cimino built Mt. Carmel, opened in 2016, and the nonprofit will carry on Mr. Cimino’s legacy and wish to support Colorado’s military members, its veterans and their families.


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Tags: Space Foundation, Space Foundation Discovery Center, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, STEM, STEAM education, Passport membership, space ecosystem, space museum, science center, military families, veterans, service members, military members, military community, Memorial Day

Media Contacts:

Rich Cooper
Vice President, Strategic Communications & Outreach
Space Foundation
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Dottie O’Rourke
TECHMarket Communications
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Amy Gillentine
Deputy Director of Communications
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