Neighbors Digest

Staff Reports

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2005

Alaska Red Cross asks for donations in March

The Alaska Red Cross is conducting a statewide campaign during March to raise funds for community programs and services.

Despite great strides, the Alaska chapter is not keeping pace financially with the needs of the communities served. In the first half of the fiscal year, the chapter operated at a $35,000-a-month loss. This jeopardizes the critical operations of the Red Cross, including emergency response, emergency communications to help keep military personnel in touch with their families and emergency preparedness training.

Please join the efforts to strengthen the Red Cross. Donations can be sent to Red Cross, 3200 Hospital Drive, Juneau, 99801 or can be deposited at Wells Fargo into the Alaskans to Alaska, Help at Home account. Bracelets that carry the message Alaskans to Alaska will also be sold in two styles for $10 and $15.

Spaghetti feed, auction raises funds for Dunker

Pam Dunker is a sign language interpreter and life long resident of Juneau. She has been interpreting in Juneau for more than 25 years and works for the Juneau School District and the Juneau Interpreter Referral Line, as well as teaching an ASL course at UAS.

She has been diagnosed with stage three cancer and has undergone surgery. Dunker will be receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment over the next several months.

Make a donation at the spaghetti feed and silent auction from 6-8 p.m., March 12 at Riverbend School Commons. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. All donations go towards Dunker and her family to cover ongoing expenses.

Unions donate $2,000 to Alaska National Guard

Juneau Central Labor Council and Juneau Building Trades Council representatives recently presented the Alaska National Guard Juneau Family Assistance Center with a check for $2,000 to help support Alpha Company soldiers and their families.

About 130 members of Alpha Company have been deployed to Iraq.

War correspondent to speak next week

Alaskan war correspondent Dahr Jamail, recently returned from Iraq, is visiting Juneau.

He will speak and share images and stories at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Egan Auditorium at the University of Alaska Southeast. The event is sponsored by the Juneau People for Peace and Justice and the UAS Global Connections Club.

On Wednesday, he will be at the Dimond Courthouse in downtown Juneau at 6 p.m. There will be a reception at 5:30. Wednesday's event is sponsored by the Juneau World Affairs Council.

For more information, call 586-4409 or 463-3032.

Soroptimists welcoming women volunteers

Juneau Soroptimists welcome business and professional women to make a difference for women through volunteer service to the community.

Soroptimist members contribute time and financial support to community based projects. Recent projects include contributing and installing playground equipment to the AWARE shelter, and participation in the Women's Opportunity Awards program.

Women interested in improving the community through volunteer efforts should call Virginia Reed at 789-4662 or Judy Ripley at 789-8080.

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