PUBLISHED: 7:05 PM on Wednesday, November 5, 2008
JRE Real Estate offers challenge grant
JUNEAU - Every new donation made to the 2008 United Way of Southeast Alaska campaign, or increases from last year's donations, will be matched with $2 from John Williams at United Way of Southeast Alaska up to $10,000. The challenge is offered to any tenant in either the Jordan Creek Center or Juneau Jobs Center, to any employee of any tenant, or any vendor, supplier or customer of any tenants.

To trigger the bonus contribution, donors need to attach a JRE Challenge Grant Application to their pledge sheet and send it to United Way of Southeast Alaska, P.O. Box 20249, Juneau, Alaska, 99802 or fax the application to (907) 463-4649. Stop by the Jordan Creek Center to pick up an application or call the United Way of Southeast Alaska at (907) 463-5530.

"This year has a perfect storm of reasons that will cause people to cut back on their support of community needs," Williams said. In election years we always see a reduction in the support for the campaign, but this year, on top of that, there are very scary economic circumstances causing job losses, foreclosures, major losses in retirement accounts - all of which cause people to cut back on discretionary expenses. Unfortunately, those same forces are going to increase the need for the services provided by United Way agencies."