Fifty years ago, when folks needed help, there were family, neighbors, and friends that banded together to offer a hand up. Today, the needs remain, but the circle of support has changed. When families are scattered and neighbors are strangers, United Way is there.
The United Way logo shows a rainbow arching over a helping hand. That hand is cradling a symbol of all humankind. Through the 28 agencies it helps to fund, United Way of Southeast Alaska offers that cradling hand to people from all walks of life. The price of a cup of latte per week can make a tremendous difference in their lives. Their continued support ultimately depends on your generosity.
Support the United Way if you support healthy children, teens, and seniors, the fight against alcoholism, victims of violence, single parents, terminally ill, scouts, the homeless, the disabled, adult literacy, and so much more. What would it take for you to need a helping hand? The loss of a job? A serious accident? A sudden or prolonged illness? Divorce? Fire? Approximately one in every four of your friends and neighbors is helped through United Way agencies.
All contributions to The United Way of Southeast Alaska go to the following organizations:
A.W.A.R.E.; Alaska Health Fair, Inc.; American Red Cross, Southeast Alaska Chapter; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Boy Scouts of America, Southeast Alaska Council; Catholic Community Service; Center for Community; Gastineau Human Services Corp.; Girl Scouts, Tongass Council; Glory Hole; Helping Hands; Hospice and Home Care of Juneau; Ketchikan Committee for the Homeless (PATH); National Council on Alcoholism, Juneau Affiliate; National Senior Service Corps.; Planned Parenthood of Alaska; REACH, Inc.; Shanti of Southeast Alaska; Sitka Prevention & Treatment Services; Sitka Youth Home; Sitkans Against Family Violence; South East Regional Resource Center; Southeast Alaska Food Bank; Southeast Alaska Guidance Association; St. Vincent de Paul; Tongass Community Counseling Center; Transitional Living Center - Ketchikan; Zach Gordon Youth Center.
You can look the other way, or you can look to The United Way.
It's an investment that guarantees a return.
J. Althea is an avid supporter and part-time staff member of The United Way of Southeast Alaska. The United Way can be contacted at 463-5530.