United Way of Southeast Alaska recently presented Community Impact Grant awards totaling $27,000 to 10 regional non-profit agencies. The projects were selected by United Way of Southeast Alaska’s Board of Directors. The total amount of requests was in excess of $71,000.00.
United Way of Southeast Alaska, along with its partner agencies, serves community needs throughout Southeast Alaska. An ongoing focus of United Way of Southeast Alaska is Literacy by Third Grade, as it works to help ensure children are reading at grade level by the time they complete third grade. For decades, research has shown a correlation between third grade literacy and educational success, graduation rates, crime rates, substance abuse, and employment. Statistics indicate nearly 50% of our children are not ready to learn when they begin kindergarten. Literacy rates have far reaching impacts upon individuals and, in turn, communities.
The recipients and their projects are listed below:
Learn United: $21,000 in Community Impact funds were awarded to applicants pursuing efforts designed to eliminate barriers to or supporting Literacy by Third Grade.
• AEYC-SEA (Association for the Education of Young Children-Southeast Alaska) received $6,000 for their All Aboard For Early Literacy project.
• SERRC (Southeast Regional Resource Center) received $15,000 for their Family Literacy Center.
Live United: United Way of Southeast Alaska offered a separate matching grant for programs/projects not specifically addressing the issue of early literacy and were based on a documented need in the community. These matching grants did not exceed $1,000 for any individual award.
• The Four A’s (Alaskans AIDS Assistance Association) received $500 for the Alaska Syringe Exchange (Juneau) project.
• AWARE received $500 for their Girls on the Run of Southeast Alaska program.
• Brave Heart Volunteers received $1000 for their AmeriCorps Volunteer: Essential Support in Meeting Community Needs project.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska received $500.00 for their School Based Mentoring program.
• Juneau Alaska Music Matters received $1,000.00 for their Juneau Alaska, Music Matters (JAMM) program
• Juneau Family Health and Birth Center received $1,000 for their Building Strength in Families: Community Parenting Classes.
• SAIL received $1,000 towards their Rural Outreach project.
• WISH (Women In Safe Homes-Ketchikan) received $500 for their Time Limited Family Reunification & Family Preservation project.
United Way of Southeast Alaska is a non-profit organization that creates lasting change by bringing people and resources together to address community-wide issues. For more than 30 years, the organization has helped nurture children and youth, care for the elderly and people with disabilities, promote wellness and self-sufficiency, and meet the basic needs of people in crisis.