United Way of Southeast Alaska
January 2018 Newsletter
Thank you
Southeast Alaska Board of REALTORS®
Southeast Alaska Board of REALTORS® recently presented a check in support of United Way of Southeast Alaska to allow United Way to continue its vital work within our region. In making the presentation, President of the Southeast Realtors Board Karen Wright said, "We appreciate the work they do to make our communities healthy, vibrant, and sustainable."

Southeast Alaska Board of REALTORS® has more than 125 members from local communities throughout Southeast Alaska: Skagway, Haines, Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Prince of Wales Island.  It is a local-level REALTOR® organization; one of six in Alaska.

Pictured with the United Way of Southeast Alaska: President Karen Wright, Fred Parady, Past President Vickie Gartley, Secretary Kimmi Buhler, United Way Board Members Karmen Bowman, Warren Russell, and United Way President-CEO Wayne Stevens, and SEABR Incoming President KimBee Mahle.

In accepting the check from the Realtors, United Way
Chair Elect Warren Russell  thanks the organizations for their support and noted that both organizations are committed to serving residents across Southeast Alaska.
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better person."
  Benjamin Franklin

Interested in learning more about holding a workplace giving program at your business? Give us a call at 907-463-5530 to learn more or visit our website to look at our campaign toolkit information. 
How we are updating our
Social Media?
There's so much going on in Southeast Alaska as we work with you and our partner agencies toward Health, Education and Financial Stability for all individuals. We want to make it easy for you to follow what matters most to you, which is why we are updating how we use social media. Here are some changes we've already made:
1. Give
You can now use the Donate button on our Facebook page to make donations, and 100% of your donation goes toward projects in Southeast Alaska. We registered with Facebook's Charitable Giving Tools, and as a verified non-profit they have waived transaction fees on all donations.
You can also start your own fundraiser for a United Way project you care about using Facebook donations, or even add a donate button to your post. All funds you raise will come directly to us through Facebook! No transaction fees.
2. Advocate
On the United Way of Southeast Alaska page we share upcoming events, local research, success stories and news about our work and our partner agencies. Help us make some noise about the issues you care about. Share the stories with your friends, tag someone who would be interested in the post and leave comments letting us know you've seen our message. Together we can make important ideas visible! Turn on notifications to make sure you see our latest posts.
3. Volunteer
We've connected with the existing Facebook Group Juneau Volunteer Opportunities. The group is listed on our Facebook page for easy access, and we regularly share opportunities that have been posted at Get Connected . You can still register for email updates through Get Connected too, but our group allows for you to post and participate with others to find, share and connect around volunteering.
What else can we do to make our social outreach better? Let us know in this  short survey!

 Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.)
Program provides toys and more just in time for the holidays
If you're ever in Craig or traveling around Juneau, don't be surprised if you see dozens of kids playing with the bright yellow, pill-shaped toys known as "Minions" from the Despicable Me movies. Thanks to the Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) program and its partners, children from both communities recently received Minion-themed toys, helmets, and knee pads as part of an effort to ensure that high-quality clothing and toys are distributed to children in need.

United Way of Southeast Alaska is a recipient of a generous donation of toys from the partnership with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and the national organization Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) program.

Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) is Alaska's only distributor for the national Delivering Good (formerly K.I.D.S.) program. Through Delivering Good/K.I.D.S., national retailers and manufacturers like Gymboree, Toys "R" Us, and Osh KoshB'gosh donate new toys, clothes, and other items, which are distributed to partner communities and organizations four to five times each year. As a partner, CITC then redistributes those items to communities in need.

Local partners like Alaska Airlines, Worldwide Movers and Alaska Marine Lines enable United Way partner agencies and other organizations to share in a huge shipments of toys for kids in need to rural Alaskan communities.

United Way of Southeast Alaska receives shipments randomly from the K.I.D.S. network via Cook Inlet Tribal Council. Shipments are new retail items that major national retailers have been unable to sell. They donate items into a network for distribution to Kids In Distressed Situation across the nation.

Alaska Airlines donates shipment from Anchorage to Juneau. 

Once we receive materials we get the use of warehouse space at Worldwide Movers to inventory items, prepare for distribution to agencies who can use the materials and arrange pick up from their warehouse. Alaska Marine Lines generously ships some to the toys to Craig for H.O.P.E. - Helping Ourselves Prevent Emergencies - Prince of Wales to share with Children in the community. 

AWARE, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Salvation Army all received some of the shipment of 124 helmets for ages 5-8, 92 safety pads for ages 4+, 66 minion singing keyboards for ages 4+, 50 babble buttons for ages 4+, and 65 minion google glasses for ages 4+.

Officer Blaine Hatch with the Juneau Police Department accepted 40 of the helmets to use in the JPD School program promoting safe biking.

United Way of Southeast Alaska is proud to be a part of this great program and to connect our partner agencies with these donated items.
Officer BLaine Hatch with the Juneau Police Department accepts 40 Minion helmets from United Way of Souteast Alaska OFfice Administrator Kaylee MAtheny as a part of the K.I.D.S. distributiuon
Officer Blaine Hatch with the Juneau Police Dept. accepts 40 Minion helmets from United Way of Southeast Alaska Office Administrator Kaylee Matheny as a part of the K.I.D.S. distribution program.
AmeriCorps Member Highlight
Please join us in welcoming Phoenix Keane! Phoenix is serving as an AmeriCorps member at Juneau Douglas High School. As a CHOICE (Choosing Health Options In Cooperative Education) member, Phoenix works with at-risk students providing academic tutoring, one on one mentoring, recruiting for community volunteers and organizing and recruitment of employers to host job internship opportunities.

Although originally from Kansas, Phoenix has joined us from the great state of Montana. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and hopes to eventually pursue a Master's degree and Doctorate in Marine Biology. An avid soccer player in high school and in college, Phoenix continues to support various school extracurricular activities at JDHS including soccer, dance, cheer, volleyball, and basketball.
It's time to file for your
Permanent Fund Dividend.

Pick.Click.Give. allows Alaskans to donate a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend to causes they care about statewide.

While applying for their PFD online, Alaskans can choose to Pick.Click.Give. in increments of $25. All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive tax documentation from the State once their donations have been processed. Permanent Fund Dividend applications are available from January 1 to March 31, though Alaskans may choose to add or adjust their pledges online through August 31.

The program is run by The Alaska Community Foundation in partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation, The Foraker Group, United Way of Anchorage, and the State of Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Division.

Don't Forget to Pick. Click. Give when you file for your Permanent Fund Dividend. Click Here for link to PFD page. 

 AmeriCorps Update
 United Way of Southeast Alaska's AmeriCorps program has wrapped up recruitment for our 2017 grant yearCurrently, we have seven AmeriCorps members in service in Juneau.
Our two most recent AmeriCorps members have just arrived. Alexis Cram will be working with SEARHC Health Promotion as a Community Health Coordinator. Elizabeth "Bea" Pullekines will also be working with SEARHC but through the Front Street Clinic as a Health Outreach Coordinator. United Way of Southeast Alaska AmeriCorps members are serving at the Association for the Education of Young Children, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Juneau Douglas High School, and AWARE. All AmeriCorps member in the United Way of Southeast Alaska's program are working to impact and/or mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences in children and adults through the work they perform at their host sites.

Although recruitment has wrapped up for 2017, recruitment for 2018 will begin in March. All 2018 placements will start service at their respective host sites in late August or early September. A variety of positions are available including b
ut not limited to Community Outreach Coordinator, Research/Volunteer Coordinator, Early Literacy Coordinator, Children's Program Specialist, Youth Specialist, and Health Outreach Coordinator. United Way of Southeast Alaska is also looking to recruit additional host sites. The AmeriCorps Program Manager is available to work with an agency to determine their potential to be a host site.
If interested in obtaining more information on the AmeriCorps program, program recruitment, or perhaps being a host site, please contact americorps@unitedwayseak.org or give us a call at 907-463-1293.
AmeriCorps Member Highlight
Morgan Stonecipher, is completing a second year of service as the AWARE Youth Specialist where she cultivates leadership opportunities for youth,identifies and promotes non-violence strategies in schools and communities, and supports youth to articulate strategies to address violence in their lives, at school, and in peer groups. Morgan holds a degree in International Relations from University of the Redlands. Thank you Morgan for your ongoing commitment to AmeriCorps!
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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.

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. Click here to see which agencies are listed in your community and how they can help you.