Rasmuson awards $500K through United Way

Posted: Friday, October 02, 2009

ANCHORAGE - In anticipation of the upcoming winter and difficult economic circumstances, the Rasmuson Foundation recently awarded a $500,000 Safety Net Assistance Grant to provide immediate support to those most in need of help staying fed, warm and housed.

A $50,905 slice of that is bound for 11 organizations in Southeast Alaska. The grants are being allocated regionally based on population:

• Anchorage and Mat-Su: $270,339 for 20 organizations

• Gulf Coast region: $55,814 for 17 organizations

• Interior: $76,812 for 10 organizations

• Northern region: $17,369 for 3 organizations

• Southwest region: $28,762 for 4 organizations

United Way of Anchorage is administrating and distributing the grant through nonprofits that provide food support, emergency shelter, rent assistance and utility assistance.

"United Way of Anchorage applauds Rasmuson Foundation for its compassion in caring for Alaskans and for its leadership in jumping out ahead of the problems Alaskans are facing today," said President Michele Brown. "This will be a difficult winter for the many Alaskans who are already struggling. This grant will make the difference in keeping Alaskans housed, warm and fed when they are most in need."

For more information, contact United Way of Anchorage President Michele Brown at 907-263-3820 or mbrown@ak.org.

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