Alaskans giving back to groups that gave during quake
Alaskans are giving back to local groups that gave to others during the earthquake.
As Alaskans continue to recover from the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska on Nov. 30, the Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund has announced $110,000 in grants to 18 nonprofit organizations critical to supporting those in need during their recovery from the Southcentral Alaska earthquake.
"We're just so impressed with the amount of giving that the community came together to do," said Nina Kemppel, president and CEO of the Alaska Community Foundation.
Wells Fargo Foundation provided an $185,000 donation so ACF could give grants for the fund. The foundation came together to manage and invest in local organizations where funding would be the most effective.
"We're always looking for ways to support our non-profit sector because they do important work here in Alaska," Kemppel said. "To be able to step in at a moment like the earthquake that affected all of us, some of us physically and some mentally, it was a really wonderful feeling to be part of that. I think Alaska Community Foundation is always trying to find ways they can continue to help support our communities all around the state."
Recovery fund grants from the Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund to community organizations included:
Alaska 2-1-1 (United Way of Anchorage) - $5,000
Alaska Literacy Program - $5,000*
Alaska Unique Riders Overcoming Risk & Adversity - $2,500
Anchorage Community YMCA - $10,000
Anchorage Concert Association - $5,000
Bean's Café - $10,000*
Camp Fire Alaska - $10,000*
Catholic Social Services - $10,000*
Chugiak Senior Citizens. Inc. - $5,000
Family Outreach Center for Understanding Special Needs Inc. (FOCUS) - $10,000*
Food Bank of Alaska - $5,000
Four Valleys Community School - $1,000
Girl Scouts of Alaska - $5,000*
National Crisis Response Canines - $4,000
Salvation Army - $10,000*
Sled Dog Sanctuary - $2,500
Volunteers of America - $10,000
* Grants marked with an asterisks were co-supported by funding from the Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund and the United Way of Anchorage.
The fund is managed in collaboration with Wells Fargo, Rasmuson Foundation, United Way of Anchorage, American Red Cross of Alaska, Salvation Army – Alaska Division, Mat-Su Health Foundation, United Way of Mat-Su, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, The Foraker Group, and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska.
Several of those groups have generously supported further recovery efforts. Together, they have awarded $369,270 in additional grants, bringing the total immediate funding to $480,000 in 32 grants supporting the recovery of both individuals and nonprofits.
"Each were affected differently while helping Alaskans," Kemppel said. "The [Food Bank of Alaska] had their freezer broke; it was damaged during the earthquake, so their food was going to go bad. So we were able to get them money to fix their freezing capabilities."
Kemppel said the funding also helped Bean's Cafe, which suffered damage to a boiler while staff were serving many Alaskans after the quake.
In addition to repairs, other organizations have helped people with needs like housing and weekday daycare for kids.
A second round of funding will be awarded in early 2019, with further funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation's gift as well as donations from private individuals and businesses.
Alaskans can donate to the Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund or learn more about it on its website.
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