United Way annouces Community Impact Grant awards

Posted: Friday, February 06, 2009

JUNEAU - United Way of Southeast Alaska announces Community Impact Grant awards totaling $37,700 to thirteen partner agencies. The projects were selected by a volunteer committee of the board of directors chaired by Cameryn Flynn of Premera Blue Cross, from a pool of 24 proposals. The total amount of requests was $68,060.

The grant money is based on funds designated by donors in the 2007 campaign to the United Way of Southeast Alaska's Community Impact General Fund, designated to a particular town in Southeast Alaska or to one of the four Areas of Care: Helping Children and Youth Succeed; Supporting the Elderly and People with Disabilities; Promoting Wellness and Self-sufficiency; or Meeting the Basic Needs of People in Crisis. "United Way of Southeast Alaska is committed to making an impact in SE Alaska and this is just one of those opportunities for us to demonstrate that commitment," says Chairman of the Board Larry Harris

The recipients and their projects are listed below:

• Southeast Alaska Independent Living receive $3,000 towards Outreach Impact to take services to Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, Metlakatla, Skagway, Petersburg, Wrangell and Prince of Wales.

• Polaris House in Juneau received $3,000 to be used exclusively for securing housing and/or preventing the loss of housing for their members.

• SERRC/the Learning Connection received $3,000 for textbooks for adults learning basic English Language.

• Association for the Education of Young Children received $2,700 to aid early literacy through the Dolly Pardon Imagination Library in Juneau and Wrangell.

• Catholic Community Service received $2,700 to purchase school readiness curriculum material for teaching children at Puddle Jumpers Day Care in Juneau.

• Ketchikan Homeless Shelter received $2,700 to help repair exterior leaks and mold remediation to their building constructed in 1940s.

• Love INC. of Juneau received $1,800 to provide vouchers to school age children to purchase clothing at local stores.

• Ketchikan Youth Initiatives was provided $1,800 to help improve high school graduation rates.

• The Four A's (Alaskans Aids Assistance Association) received $1500 for Rapid HIV testing.

• Brave Heart Volunteers of Sitka received $1,600 to help fund an Americorps volunteer.

• Rendezvous Senior Day Care Center in Ketchikan will get $1,300 to help purchase a new flat screen television.

• Hospice of Haines will receive $1,400 to help purchase Hope Baskets for grieving families.

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