Neighbors Digest

ANDVSA receives Verizon Hopeline grant


The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) announced on Nov. 18 that Verizon Wireless has donated $10,000 to assisting communities, local shelters and agencies in ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

“Through their HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless has a long-standing commitment to domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy throughout the United States and we are pleased to recognize their support of our work in Alaska,” said Peggy Brown, executive director of the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. “ANDVSA’s efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault have made a tremendous impact, helping survivors and family members and highlighting the need for prevention and intervention programs in the state,” said Demian Voiles, vice president, Verizon Wireless Alaska.

For more information about HopeLine from Verizon visit

The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault is a statewide nonprofit organization that is a coalition of 18 domestic violence/sexual assault victim service agencies from across Alaska. For more information, visit

If you or someone you know is a domestic violence victim call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 to talk to a counselor. All calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline are confidential.

Child seat safety fittings

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), in partnership with the Alaska Injury Prevention Center and Safe Kids Alaska, will offer a free child car seat fitting event from 2-4 p.m., Dec. 2, at Riverbend Elementary School (2901 Riverside Dr.). Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available to help parents make sure their child passenger seats are the proper fit for their car and that they meet the child car seat requirements of state law. A limited number of child car seats are available for those in need ($35 for car seats with harness and $10 for boosters).

Fitting a child’s car seat is difficult because there are a wide variety of car seat designs and motor vehicle types, and children come in all sizes, shapes and behaviors. Only 17 percent of car seats in Alaska checked by certified technicians from Oct. 2007 to Sept. 2008 were properly installed. An improperly fitting child car seat significantly raises the risk of injury or death for a child.

Alaska’s child passenger seat laws don’t just apply to infants. Since 2009, Alaska law has required that all children between the ages of 4 and 8 years of age (who are shorter than 4 feet, 9 inches tall or weigh less than 65 pounds) be properly secured in an approved booster seat or child seat. For more information about this special child car seat fitting event in Juneau and to learn more about scheduling a car seat fitting with SEARHC, contact Health Advocate Lorena Gray of the SEARHC Southeast Alaska Child Passenger Safety Program at 364-4456 or To learn more about the importance of a properly fitting child car seat, go to

Free Dec. computer classes

Safe and Sound: Tips and Techniques for Secure and Stable Computing in Today’s Digital World — this new class provides an interactive discussion of computer security and performance issues and the resources to address them. The class will be Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Dec. 5 and ending Dec. 14, meeting at 5-7 p.m.

Introduction to PowerPoint — this class will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Dec. 1 and ending Dec. 15, meeting from 5-7 p.m.

Job Search and Resume Creation Using ALEXsys — this course will be offered on Dec. 1 and Dec. 15, meeting from 10 a.m.-noon

All courses take place at The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way.

For more information or to register, stop in or call 586-5718.

This program is funded by a City and Borough of Juneau Social Service Grant.

TLC is a program of SERRC-Alaska’s Educational Resource Center.

Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Honor Luncheon

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Sealaska Corp., Goldbelt, Inc., the Tlingit & Haida Regional Housing Authority and the Brown Bear Den continue to promote and volunteer with the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans. They will hold the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Honor Luncheon from noon until 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall (ANB Hall) on Willoughby Ave. and all are welcome to attend in regalia, bring drums and join in a community performance honoring all veterans. The Brown Bear Den will prepare a native style luncheon. Keynote speakers, a special DVD presentation and honor certificates for veterans will be part of this special occasion. Please call Myrna or Maureen at 635-0566 with questions.


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