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October 2018 Newsletter
Making a Fantastic Place Even Better:
Juneau Radio Center's "Big Fat Check"
By United Way of Southeast Alaska
If you listen to the radio in Southeast Alaska, chances are you'll tune your dial to a Juneau Radio Center station: KJNO, KINY, KXJ, Taku 105 and Mix 106, as well as partner stations in Sitka and Ketchikan, translated region-wide. And if you tune your dial to a Juneau Radio Center station, chances are you'll hear a public service announcement about "The Big Fat Check."

But what is "The Big Fat Check"?

This year, for the first time, Juneau Radio Center has joined forces with United Way of Southeast Alaska to raise charitable contributions for, and awareness of, the United Way and its 33 nonprofit partner agencies, from Yakutat to Metlakatla.
 
"Juneau Radio is concerned about everything that concerns our community," says Richard Burns, who, along with his wife Sharon, owns and oper ates Juneau Radio Center through the couple's private company, Frontier Media, LLC. "The Big Fat Check" was his brainchild.  
 
  "We've got this great media platform, and the United  Way does so much for so many people," he says of the original idea."We thought: why not work together?"  Read More
 
Successful 2018 Day of Caring Event
United Way of Southeast Alaska held not only one but
four Days of Caring for their 2018 annual event. And not only did it just take place in Juneau, but also in Sitka and Ketchikan as well. So with projects to be completed and volunteers ready for action, United Way of Southeast Alaska jetted off to Sitka on September 24th to start the first day of th e event. The n ext event day took place in Ketchikan on September 26th with Juneau finishing the two remaining event days o n September 28th and 29th. This annual tradition w ork s with nonprofit s who match up with businesses from the community, whose employee teams complete prearranged projects for the agencies.   
 
For Sitka, the business who participated include: North rim Bank, GCI, First National Bank Alaska and Wells Fargo, with the follow ing participating agencies: Sitkans Against Family Violence and SAIL. While the participating business for Ketchikan was GCI who worked on projects from the Ketchikan Youth Initiatives facility. 
"The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own."
- Lao Tzu 
 

Universal Elementary School
Breakfast Program

This school year, the Juneau School District is contin u ing to offer free breakfast for all students at elementary and middle schools, some sit down and others grab and go foods. A lso, all high school reduced-price breakfast and lunch recipients are welcome to a free breakfast and lunch for the second year.
 
The Juneau Community Foundation and United Way of Southeast Alaska teamed up with the Juneau School District and other donors to provide the funding needed for these vital food programs for students. Over $35,000 is needed annually to bridge the fund ing gap between federally provided funds for free and reduced breakfast and maki ng the breakfast open to all students. Additional donations to keep this program going are being accepted.
 
"Our partnership among donors and the school district ensures that all of Juneau's elementary school students get breakfast, while also providing breakfast to middle school students and free breakfa st and lunch to high school students who used to have to pay a reduced fee for these meals. This is the third year of the program and with an increasing number of students participating, we are seeking additional donations to keep this food-in-th e-morning program going," said Amy Skilbred, Executive Director, Juneau Community Foundation.  Continue Reading
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AmeriCorps: What's been happening? 
By Cara Gilbert  
The United Way of Southeast Alaska AmeriCorps Program has been busy these past few months with recruiting and bringing on new members, orientation and member development. The AmeriCorps Program has welcomed nine new members for the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps year! The new members are from all over the United States as well as two from Juneau. 
Members distributed over 300 cookies to Juneau Fire Stations, the Police Station, Coast Guard, National Guard and the homeless in remembrance of 9/11. In addition members participated in the Juneau Day of Caring Event! AmeriCorps Members helped stock a food pantry, put together hygiene kits and put their artistic skills to good use!
Members learned about bears and bear safety from Riley Woodward, Information Officer from the Division of Wildlife Conservation at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. In addition they received First Aid and CPR certification through a course taught by Renee Schofield from The Safety Specialists. Both courses were well received and enjoyed by all members.
This past month the AmeriCorps program said goodbye to Cady Kuzmich and Phoenix Keane. Both AmeriCorps Members successfully completed their year of service. Cady served at AWARE and Phoenix served at United Way.
 
The AmeriCorps Program is still recruiting for six open positions. Inquiries can be sent to Cara Gilbert at americorps@unitedwayseak.org or 907-463-1293.
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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.

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