Story last updated at 12/24/2008 - 10:51 am
Four Alaska organizations helping Alaskans with basic needs this holiday season shared $11,000 in funding from The Alaska Community Foundation's Alaska Fund on Dec. 18.
Project Homeless Connect received a $3,500 grant to help fund outreach events while the Food Bank of Alaska, Food Pantry of Wasilla and Valdez Senior Center each received $2,500 to provide food for Alaska's hungry.
Project Homeless Connect is a collaborative program working putting on events to help the homeless obtain medical care, complete housing applications and apply for public assistance programs. The Food Bank of Alaska distributes food throughout the state for hungry Alaskans and has seen unprecedented increase in need this holiday season. The Food Pantry, of Wasilla, is an all volunteer organization providing Mat-Su Valley residents in emergency situations with food supplies. One of the programs of the Valdez Senior Center is to ensure that the organization's senior citizens have healthy nutritional meals.
These grants were awarded from The Alaska Fund and matched by donors. Anyone can give to The Alaska Fund at www.alaskacf.org. Grants from the Alaska Fund are awarded on an annual basis for projects which improve the life of Alaskans.
Since 1996, the Alaska Community Foundation has built successful partnerships with other foundations, individual donors and nonprofits to improve the quality of life for Alaskans. ACF receives gifts from thousands of generous individuals and families, and last year, awarded grants of more than $5 million to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations.
ACF offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause, support an individual organization, or provide flexible support for community needs. The organization helps nonprofit organizations establish and maintain endowments that will provide a growing source of sustainable support for their future.
ACF also provides a mechanism to support community wide charitable projects. Through philanthropic services, strategic investments and community leadership, The Alaska Community Foundation helps people connect with causes they care about, now and for generations to come.
For more information about the Foundation, visit www.alaskacf.org or call 334-6700.