United Way of Southeast Alaska
August 2018 Newsletter
2018 Day of Caring is Coming!

United Way of Southeast Alaska is planning the Annual Fall Day of Caring Event!
Every fall residents, businesses and schools throughout Southeast Alaska,
lend a helping hand to give back and make their communities great!
Our Event is being held in the following locations:
  • Sitka - Monday, September 24th
  • Ketchikan - Wednesday, September 26th
  • Juneau - Friday, September 28th
We would love your participation this year! I f you're interested in volunteering or are a
non-profit organization with a service project, please click on the link below to register!
If you have any further questions feel free to contact the AmeriCorps service member at
compass@unitedwayseak.org or call at 907-463-1280

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt  

United Way of Southeast Alaska Volunteer Spotlight
By Geoff Kirsch
Joy Lyon, United Way of Southeast Alaska Board of Directors

Joy Lyon has lived her entire life as a volunteer-literally. Beginning as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer straight out of college, she spent the next several decades giving time and energy to the community, in all sorts of ways.  "I was always doing something, like leading Girl Scou
Joy Lyon; United Way of Southeast Alaska Board Member
ts-Daisies all the way through Gold Award-or at Northern Light United Church-committees, choir, teaching Sunday school," she says.  "But, of course, there are plenty of informal opportunities for community service, simply through random acts of kindness," she explains. "You come across many situations when you're actively looking for ways to do good in the world."
For the past four years, Joy has volunteered with United Way as a member of its board of directors. "With one-on-one volunteering, the reward is more immediate. With board service, you have to take the long view," she says. "But there's real camaraderie involved, a sense of doing important work together."

In addition to helping with the usual tasks of governing United Way operations and financial management, Joy's focus entails linking local and regional non-profit leaders to harness their strength, experience and expertise.  "The United Way is so effective at convening people, not only raising the visibility of needs, but also ongoing efforts to resolve those needs," she says.

As a United Way board member, Joy brings the perspective of smaller community non-profits. Professionally, she serves as Executive Director of the Association for the Education of Young Children-Southeast Alaska (AEYC-SEA), an organization she's been with since 1996. Interestingly enough, Joy credits her volunteer experiences as playing a central role in her career.  "I use so many of those skills," she says. "When you volunteer, you really see how a community organizes, how people tackle issues at the ground level."

Joy strongly encourages others to consider any type of community service.  "Volunteers make the world go round," she says. "Look at your opportunities and say YES!"
Marie Stevens 
United Way of Southeast Alaska would like to welcome Marie Stevens as our new Volunteer Coordinator for the Coeur Alaska LEARN UNITED: Reading Tutor Program. Marie Stevens has worked and volunteered in education for over 12 years. Initially volunteering in her own children's classrooms and schools, to being the Admi nistrat
Marie Stevens Volunteer Coordinator 
ive Assist ant  fo r the Dean of the School of Education at UAS, and most recently serving as the Volunteer Coordinator and Monitor for Shepherd of the Valley Summer Lunch Program. We see Marie as the perfect fit for the role as the new Volunteer Coordinator for the Coeur Alaska LEARN UNITED: Reading Tutor Program. 
Since 2012, United Way of Southeast Alaska partnered with both Coeur Alaska and the Juneau School District to improve the literacy of K-2 elementary students throughout the community. The Coeur Alaska LEARN UNITED: Reading Tutor Program  works with teachers to assign reading tutors to students with the hopes that they will be at reading level before leaving the 3rd grade. Marie feels strongly about the importance of early childhood literacy and the well-being of children, made evident by her constant involvement in her own children's schooling as well as giving both her time and money to children in need. Please help us in welcoming Marie Stevens!
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Questions about how to find help?
Find Help
Are you searching for agencies to help you? The United Way website has a feature that connects YOU with the help that you need. We have added a " Find Help" button to the right side of our page that has an organized list of agencies across Southeast Alaska that provide community services.

To see which agencies are listed in your community and how they can help you Click Here.
United Way of Southeast Alaska's AmeriCorps Program Recruiting Service Members
By Cara Gilbert

The United Way of Southeast Alaska AmeriCorps Program is currently recruiting for eight AmeriCorps Members. AmeriCorps Members serve at nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, government agencies and schools. 

AmeriCorps Members spend eleven months in service at host sites leading and contributing to projects related to one or more of the six focus areas identified in the Serve America Act:  
  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans & Military Families
The United Way of Southeast Alaska AmeriCorps Program recruits college graduates and other qualified adults to address the needs of the Juneau community.

This project is funded in part through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and administered by Serve Alaska. These funds help Alaska to recruit, train, and deploy 2,500 volunteers on a full and part-time basis to address locally identified needs in education, homeland security, environmental, public safety and other human needs of Alaska residents.

For more information in serving as an AmeriCorps Member please contact Cara Gilbert at 907-463-1293.
Big Fat Check Promotion with The Juneau Radio Center
The Juneau Radio Center is using the power of their 5 Juneau Radio stations to raise money for United Way of Southeast Alaska.  There are multiple ways to participate! You can now give what you can, on-line at kinyradio.com, through United Way of Southeast Alaska, you can show up to live broadcast's to give in person or get on the Juneau Radio Center app and follow the link in our logo below.

At the end of the year The Juneau Radio Center will be presenting United Way of Southeast Alaska and their 33 partnering agencies, a BIG FAT CHECK! Donate to help our friends, neighbors, co-workers and family.
United Way of Southeast Alaska Welcomes New Board Member
United Way of Southeast Alaska is happy to welcomes new board member, Sasha Moore, the Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic Manager at Front Street Clinic since January 2017. Moore received her LPN Certificate and IV Therapy Certification from an accelerated nursing program at Tennessee Technology Center, where she graduated with honors and received the Nurse Practitioner award. Sasha's passion for helping others in the healthcare field started in East Tennessee as a middle school volunteer and has been actively involved in the medical field since.  Moore started out providing care for youth, where she took part in creating the first program for treating children
Sasha Moore; newly appointed Board Member
with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She went on to become the Assistant Program Manager for an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.  Sasha Moore has 12 years, not including her childhood, of combined professional medical behavioral health experience and extensive nursing management for treatment facilities that provided care for Developmental Disabilities, Home Health, Wound Care, Anticoagulation, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Geriatrics in the states of Tennessee, Washington, and more recently Alaska.
Sasha Moore proudly calls Juneau home enjoys spending time with her family and their golden retriever, exploring the great outdoors and communities of Southeast Alaska, and giving back to the community of Juneau.  Sasha is a passionate advocate for the access to health care, promoting that it is a basic human right to all people no matter their medical, financial, or social circumstance.
Chair Warren Russell welcomed Sasha to the board, noting that since 1974, United Way of Southeast Alaska has been working to "advance the common good" by recruiting people and organizations throughout the region to identify community issues, focus a response and effect change. With its recent "Live United" movement-based on the idea that extending a hand to one improves society for all-the United Way outlines a simple strategy for those wishing to take part in Southeast Alaska's philanthropic process: "Give, Advocate, Volunteer." Chair Russell noted that Ms. Moore is a leader in the community and will be a valuable addition to the United Way board.
To learn more about United Way and its 32 partner agencies, to donate, or to find out more information to become a volunteer visit www.unitedwayseak.org. 
Volunteer Reading Tutors Wanted!
Stephanie Buss; Reading Tutor at Riverbend Elementary School 2016

Coeur Alaska LEARN UNI TED: Reading Tutor Program is looking for volunteer Reading Tutors! 

We ask Volunteer Reading Tutors spare two days per school week, for half an hour at during school hours. If this interests you and fits in you schedule please contact  Marie Stevens at  readingtutor@unitedwayseak.org . We would love your involvement to help give back to the children of the Juneau Community.
For more information regarding the Coeur Alaska LEARN UNITED: Reading Tutor Program here in Juneau please Click Here
Why Support United Way?
We at the United Way of Southeast Alaska are thankful for all of our supporters, volunteers, and donors who have chosen to advocate on our behalf all these years. To show our gratitude, we spoke with some of our donors so that we could get to know them a bit better and understand why they continue to support Southeast Alaska through the United Way.

Click Here to read why community members choose to support the United Way of Southeast Alaska.