JUNEAU - Juneau Community Foundation has donated $1,000 to the Juneau Unplugged Energy Relief Fund. The funds will be matched by KeyBank and administered through United Way of Southeast Alaska in partnership with Catholic Community Service to help individuals face the impending financial crisis caused by the April avalanches.
"One of the goals of the Community Foundation is to effectively respond to the needs of its citizens, " said Reed Stoops, president of the Juneau Community Foundation. "The board unanimously felt that this was a great use of funds, especially since Key Bank will match our contribution. We empathize with every individual, family, and business that is hurting from this energy crisis. We are proud to partner with United Way and their partner agencies to help mitigate a portion of the costs this event is having on our community. It's great to see the community come together like this in a time of need."
"We are so grateful to partners like the Juneau Community Foundation for answering the need," said Michelle Casey, Chairman of the United Way of Southeast Alaska Board of Directors. "We know the ripple effects of negative events that could be caused by the increased energy bills if we didn't do something to help, but we also see the ripple effects of positive gestures like this $1,000 gift that will turn into $2,000."
Individuals needing assistance may call 463-6130, pick up an application at one of the community libraries, or download an application from the city's Web site at www.juneau.org.
United Way of Southeast Alaska is a volunteer-driven, grass-roots organization that creates measurable and lasting change by bringing together people and resources to address community-wide issues.
The Juneau Community Foundation is working to build its Endowment for Juneau's Future Fund, an unrestricted fund that will significantly increase its grantmaking capacity.
For more information about the Juneau Community Foundation, call 463-3223 or visit www.juneaucf.org.