Thanks to all who contributed to Community Needs Drive

Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, SAGA celebrated the end of a very successful Community Needs Drive in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. We would like to thank all of those who helped make the day a success. The Needs Drive was a very successful event that we look forward to making a major community event in the future.

First, we would like to thank the volunteers who came out to help organize and pack all of the supplies that were collected. The work was done in a fraction of the time that was expected.

We were fortunate to have many AmeriCorps members from SAGA's Connections program at the event to help in the effort. The project could never have happened without the leadership and work of the new community volunteer specialist, Margaret Novak. Also, thanks to the organizations for which the supplies were collected. They will be distributing all of the supplies to local families and individuals in need. These organizations include the Young Parents' Center, Alaska Aids Assistance Association (4As), Love Inc., and Helping Hands.

Thanks to the local businesses that were willing to house collection boxes: Carr's Safeway, Super Bear, Pavitt's Fitness Center, Wal-Mart, SERRC, Rainbow Foods, Juneau Youth Services and Alaskan & Proud.

We would also like to recognize the local schools which participated: University of Alaska Southeast, Thunder Mountain High School, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Auke Bay Elementary, Mendenhall River Elementary, Glacier Valley Elementary and Gastineau Elementary. We owe a special thanks to the UAS Global Connections Program and the Dzantik'i Heeni A2R Program led by Dave McKenna.

We were very fortunate to be joined by Willie Anderson of PFLAG at our celebration. Mr. Anderson was a wonderful addition and we truly appreciate the words he shared.

Thanks to Heritage Coffee for their donation.

Again, we thank the community of Juneau for your support and endless supply of enthusiasm for community development. We look forward to making this an annual event.

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