PUBLISHED: 5:16 PM on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
United Way awards 2008 grants
United Way of Southeast Alaska has awarded Community Impact Grant awards totaling $46,100 to 18 partner agencies. The projects were selected by a volunteer committee of the board of directors, from a pool of 25 proposals.

The total amount of requests was $73,723.54.

The grant money is based on funds designated by donors in Fall 2006 to the United Way of Southeast Alaska's Community Impact General Fund or to one of the four Areas of Care: Helping Children and Youth Succeed; Supporting the Elderly and People with Disabilities; Promoting Wellness and Self-sufficiency; or Meeting the Basic Needs of People in Crisis.

The recipients and their projects are listed below:

• The Four A's (Alaskans Aids Assistance Association) received $3000 for Rapid HIV testing

• American Red Cross received $3000 to teach disaster training to youth in Southeastern schools

• AWARE received $3,000 for Girls on the Go!

• Brave Heart Volunteers was formerly known as Sitka Faith in Action and needed $1,600 to help them with branding their new organization.

• Catholic Community Service Hospice and Home Health: $3,000 for Hospice and Home Care visitations for those unable to pay for it.

• Gastineau Human Services received $3,000 for a program to help clients transition with the support of their families.

• Helping Hands needed $3,000 to purchase a new perishable goods cooler.

• Juneau Youth Services was given $2,100 for equipment to teach youth yoga.

• Ketchikan Homeless Shelter received $1,600 to replace an Emergency Fire Door to bring it up to code.

• LOVE Inc. received $3,000 for Client Vouchers.

• PATCHWORKS- for the TALK (Teens and Adults Linking in Ketchikan) program $1,600

• Planned Parenthood of Alaska received $1,600 towards the purchase of an Electro Surgical Generator for LEEP Procedures in Sitka.

• REACH received $3,000 for an inter-agency project of the Partnerships for Families and Children called Blanket of Wellness.

• Salvation Army - Ketchikan was granted $3,000 to help purchase a walk-in freezer.

• SAIL receive $3,000 towards Outreach Impact to take services to Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, Metlakatla, Skagway, Petersburg, Wrangell and Prince of Wales.

• SERRC received $3,000 for teaching basic English Language Learning

• Sitkans Against Family Violence received $3,000 to implement a new Theatre for Living event to combat violence, racism or other social issue.

• Zach Gordon Teenage Club was given a grant of $1,600 to help purchase new kitchen appliances and fixtures.

For 28 years, the United Way of Southeast Alaska has helped nurture children and youth, care for the elderly and people with disabilities, promote wellness and self-sufficiency, and meet the basic needs of people in crisis. The organization is a member of the United Way of America system that includes nearly 1,400 community-based United Way organizations. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.