Local nonprofit groups score large donations

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2001

Two Juneau nonprofit organizations won significant donations from Alaska businesses this week.

Alaska Communications Systems gave $10,000 to United Way of Southeast Alaska while Phillips Alaska handed over $9,000 to the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association.

"Corporate funding is the glue that holds a lot of our programs together," said SAGA director Joe Parrish, whose group provides education, life skills and work experience for people between the ages of 14 and 25. "Phillips is continuing a tradition of support that Arco started in 1986."

Arco, taken over recently by Phillips, gave SAGA its first corporate check, a $500 donation, to help the local nonprofit group in its inaugural year.

Phillips spokeswoman Beverly Ward appreciates SAGA's work with young people.

"We're always delighted to give money to a good organization," Ward said. "We feel our philanthropic program under Phillips will be as good as Arco's, if not better."

The United Way of Southeast Alaska received a $10,000 check Wednesday from ACS, the parent company of PTI, which provides phone service in Juneau.

The organization distributes funds to other nonprofits involved in health and human services. United Way also tries to increase volunteerism while streamlining services that offer assistance.

ACS employees donated an additional $4,500 through United Way's payroll deduction plan.

"ACS is clearly demonstrating that they are a key leader in our community with this generous donation," said Sharon Fremming, board president of the local United Way.

United Way Executive Director Marsha Riley said corporate donations boost morale in the workplace while benefiting citizens.

"It has a huge impact on the quality of life where you live, work and raise your family," said Riley, whose organization assists 28 member agencies in Southeast.

ACS General Manager Jim Collard said his company is happy to contribute.

"The United Way has consistently been an important place for the company and its employees to direct community support," he said.

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