I was in my office Friday at 8:29 a.m. when I was reminded – like all of us in Southcentral – of the amazing forces of nature that define the Alaska experience.
But in the hours and days that followed, as neighbors reached out to neighbors, I was struck and inspired by the unique and close connection we in Anchorage have with each other.
Friday’s earthquake may have damaged our roads, schools, and buildings, but it strengthened our focus on ensuring the well-being of our community.
I wanted to let you know how United Way of Anchorage is responding to our community needs.
First, Alaska 2-1-1 was activated as part of Anchorage’s emergency response. I could not be prouder of United Way staff who have been on the job continuously since the quake. Despite long hours and time away from families, our team was eager and upbeat to offer referrals to critical sources of shelter, food, and other services, and to be a conduit for information that people were seeking. Many callers expressed gratitude for getting a live person to talk with.
Please let neighbors know to call 2-1-1 for help with short-term, non-911 emergency needs.
Second, United Way of Anchorage is accepting donations to support those in the Anchorage bowl who were displaced or had lives disrupted by the earthquake. In the short term, donations will be used for immediate needs including food and shelter. In the longer term, support will be directed toward helping organizations get back in shape to deliver needed services. Know that 100 percent of your tax-deductible donation will go to relief efforts.
Third, we will be participating in a coordinated campaign and relief response with Alaska Community Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Foraker Group, and United Way Mat-Su. I will share more information as it becomes available.
And finally, our offices will reopen Tuesday so that we can continue in our mission to fight for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in our community.
Thank you for being a partner with United Way of Anchorage. Our community is stronger as a result, and in the face of this crisis, it shows!