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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2007

Thanks for participating in the Day of Caring

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Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies would like to thank the Sealaska Corp. for participating in Southeast Alaska United Way's Day of Caring. The United Way Day of Caring brought volunteers to AWARE to do many needed tasks that often fall to the wayside in the busyness of our crisis and prevention programs.

Some of the volunteer projects included deep cleaning the basement, making donation jars for AWARE and assembling Domestic Violence Awareness Month information. The volunteers were enthusiastic and eager to work, offering their positive attitudes and generosity to our staff and program participants. On behalf of the hundreds of women and children seeking safe shelter at AWARE, our heartfelt thanks go to the Sealaska volunteers and to United Way for arranging this remarkable day.

Through the community's contributions to the United Way, agencies like AWARE receive funding to provide important services in our community. Together we can nurture families and provide safety. Thanks to the United Way and Sealaska for creating a healing environment for those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. We couldn't do it without you!

Saralyn Tabachnick

Executive director, AWARE


Thanks for saving us from fire on Halloween

Halloween night this year at the Silverbow was not nearly as much fun as 10 years ago. In 1997, hundreds of kids came through our just-purchased building for an awesome haunted house put on by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Oct. 31 this year almost ended in a catastrophic building fire, skillfully averted by our Capital City Fire and Rescue Department.

There are certain times when you get a chance to reflect on things that are important in your life. One of those times is while you stand helpless on the sidewalk, watching firefighters search your building for where the smoke is coming from. There are fresh bagels this morning, because Chief Eric Mohrmann, Fire Marshall Rich Etheridge, Captain Keith Walker, and nearly two dozen professional and volunteer firefighters got in there, took a Sawzall to the floor, and stopped it in its tracks. In the end, we have a small hole in the ceiling and some repair work in one room. Everybody is safe, and life goes back to normal.

Ken and I want to express our deepest gratitude to our neighbors who came out to show support. We would like to personally thank Gretchen, from Wild Spice who offered food and shelter to our temporarily displaced employees and hotel guests. We also want to thank Steve from the Baranof, Haidar from Zephyr, Olivia from Olivia's, Kenny from The Builders, and Evelyn and the team from Northwind Architecture. Thanks to our customers who walked into a bit of chaos on Thursday morning. Thanks to Marc and Jessica who took care of our son Solomon. And also a heartfelt thanks to Nicole, my assistant in training, who could not have reacted more professionally in a time of chaos.

Jill Ramiel


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