United Way, KeyBank join forces to raise funds for low-income residents

Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2008

United Way of Southeast Alaska, in partnership with KeyBank, has announced an emergency relief fund to help low-income Juneau residents cope with the sudden spike in energy costs.

Under the program, called Juneau Unplugged Relief Fund, United Way will oversee and dispense funds donated to the relief effort. Contributors to the tax-deductible funding program will be provided receipts by the United Way.

Companies and individuals are encouraged to make the donations at any of KeyBank's 17 branches throughout Alaska. KeyBank will match donations up to a cumulative total of $5,000.

"Many families in Juneau are suffering from sharply higher power costs at a time when prices for gasoline and food products are also at record levels," said Brenda Hewitt, executive director of United Way of Southeast Alaska. "The generosity of our entire community, and KeyBank in particular, is crucial to helping needy citizens."

For more information about the program, call 907-564-0252.

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