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What's Next Washington Employers Convenings

by What's Next Washington

Lack of stable employment is one of the key drivers of recidivism. WNW works to disrupt this cycle of unemployment by collaborating directly with employers to explore and reduce restrictions on hiring Formerly-Incarcerated Talent (FIT).
 
We know changing entrenched hiring processes will take time and effort on all sides. We start the work through our employer convenings.* WNW seeks participation in these sessions from businesses of sizes and industries.
 
Convening goals:
· Create a safe “space” for participants to review and explore their concerns;
· Examine data regarding the actual risks of hiring FITs
· Discuss hiring policies and the potential for changing them
· Consider specific strategies for implementing new hiring practices
 
WNW welcomes ideas and issues the participants raise (e.g., additional convenings, regulatory and government-based hiring restrictions; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals; post-convening training).

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The Stigma We Carry

by What's Next Washington

Can we imagine ourselves surviving incarceration? When we see the homeless and addicted on the streets, can we imagine being them? Do we believe the homeless and addicted will ever live and thrive surrounded by family and community? Do we realize that they already do?
 
Our lack of identification with people often serves to keep them on the margins and locked out of opportunities – opportunities we take for granted.
 
Despite all odds, millions of people have rebuilt their lives and moved on. It’s time for all of us to “come out of the closet.” No one should be punished or marginalized forever. Let’s dispense with the shame and stigma, and find solutions that open doors and create pathways to better lives for everyone.
 
Background: What’s Next Washington (WNW) is a nonprofit organization of formerly incarcerated individuals and allies who work to significantly reduce recidivism.  As part of this work, WNW seeks to change public and professional perceptions of stigmatized populations. WNW’s panel - The Stigma We Carry: Bias and its Impact - is part of this effort.
 
We believe that the next generation of medical professionals, social workers, attorneys, business leaders, human resource managers, and policymakers need to expand their understanding of marginalized populations. This can only happen if they are not just exposed when folks are in crisis, but after they have stabilized and moved on into recovery, remission and/or rehabilitation.
 
How It Works: The panel addresses issues of mental illness, addiction, incarceration, and homelessness from those who have survived it.  The event includes audience participation aimed at exploring how bias and stigma - even unintentional prejudice from healthcare, legal, and social services practitioners -  generates barriers to full participation in society.
Impact: The panel also looks at the impact of staying quiet about the struggles of mental illness, incarceration, and homelessness.  Silence maintains the status-quo and the fiction that people don’t overcome their struggles.
 
Resilience: Through its open panel presentation, WNW urges people  to “come out of the closet.” Individuals who have overcome mental and physical struggles are resilient and have skills and insights that could benefit future practitioners.  “Those who are closest to the problem are closest to the solutions.”
 
Versatility: 
The panel discussion and audience participation address the following areas:
  • The public display of the struggle - the disease or pre-incarceration phase
  • The search for appropriate medical care and/or support system
  • Remission and recovery - finding a pathway to reentering society
  • Post recovery
  • Being silent and afraid because of stigma and shame.
  • Learning to be open and to share the recovery journey
  • Collaborating to develop better healthcare interventions

Collaboration: 

The panel discussion and audience participation address the following areas:
  • The public display of the struggle - the disease or pre-incarceration phase
  • The search for appropriate medical care and/or support system
  • Remission and recovery - finding a pathway to reentering society
  • Post recovery
  • Being silent and afraid because of stigma and shame.
  • Learning to be open and to share the recovery journey
  • Collaborating to develop better healthcare interventions

Conclusion: What's Next Washington would like to host its panel discussion at universities, colleges, and public spaces of all types. We can tailor the presentation to accommodate specific competencies and educational outcomes and audiences. We will work with you to design a presentation that meets your needs.

 
 

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Startup Expenses

by MA'ANA - MAOLI AQUACULTURE & AGRICULTURE NATIVE ASSISTANCE

We are new and just getting started with operations. We are currently setup as a PF, but need some financial help to hire a lawer to optimize our standing with the IRS and state of Hawaii. We anticipate needing $1800 for lawyer fees and $400 to change our status to either PC or POF. We also need $1,000 for web design and listings.

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Donate to Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

by THE SALVATION ARMY

Support Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief by giving to the local chapter of the Salvation Army.  A special fund has been created for Hurricane Florence Response.

You may also mail a check to:

The Salvation Army - Disaster Relief
PO BOX 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301

Please be sure to write on the check the name of the disaster relief effort you wish to support.

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Wood Chipper to consolidate wastes from removal of invasive trees and plants

by MA'ANA - MAOLI AQUACULTURE & AGRICULTURE NATIVE ASSISTANCE

 Invasive plants, especially mangroves, have had a serious negative impact on the environment and usefulness of Hawaiian fish ponds. Ualapu'e fish pond is a registered historic site, but has suffered serious damage from storms, mangroves, and neglect. MA'ANA has obtained permits to restore this pond, once famous for production of fish and clams, by removing the mangroves and repairing the fish pond rock walls that were knocked down by a tidal wave. Volunteers have already begun to help make repairs and remove invasive plants. 

      MA'ANA is asking for donations either in the form of cash or useable equipment, specifically a commercial size wood chipper. Some of the wood can be chipped and sold to help subsidise labor costs to repair the fish pond.  Other plants and trees will be chipped to reduce impact at the landfill. Please consider donating to this cause. 

Mahalo,

MA'ANA Board of Directors

 

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Historic Hawaiian Fishpond Restoration - Ualapu'e

by MA'ANA - MAOLI AQUACULTURE & AGRICULTURE NATIVE ASSISTANCE

      Invasive plants, especially mangroves, have had a serious negative impact on the environment and usefulness of Hawaiian fish ponds. Ualapu'e fish pond is a registered historic site, but has suffered serious damage from storms, mangroves, and neglect. MA'ANA has obtained permits to restore this pond, once famous for production of fish and clams, by removing the mangroves and repairing the fish pond rock walls that were knocked down by a tidal wave. Volunteers have already begun to help make repairs and remove invasive plants. 

      MA'ANA is asking for donations to speed up this process by providing a reasonable stipend to contract 3 to 5 local Hawaiian workers to expedite the process. Workers will be paid for 20 to 30 hours per week at $15.00/hour. Taking all taxes, overhead, and insurance considerations brings the a real cost of employment to $21.41/hr. Please consider donating to this cause. 

Mahalo,

MA'ANA Board of Directors

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Feast with Friends

by Futurewise

Futurewise is gearing up for our 13th Annual Feast with Friends this year, and we’re hoping you can join us. For over a decade, Futurewise has connected local farmers with top chefs, winemakers and beermakers to highlight Washington’s diverse, vibrant agricultural bounty and celebrate our advocacy work to protect our agricultural lands.

Your sponsorship of Feast with Friends underwrites event costs, allowing Futurewise to focus on:

* Protecting prime farmland and forest lands

* Creating healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities

* Ensuring our Puget Sound is clean and safe

* Advocating for public transit and green infrastructure

* Enabling leaders in Olympia to adopt policies that move our communities forward

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UNSTOPPABLE Music Empowerment Program

by FREE2LUV INC

The effects of low self-esteem in children — depression, hostility/acting out, and poor social skills — are devastating. Underserved youth are particularly vulnerable. In response to this issue, Free2Luv® has created UNSTOPPABLE, an interactive, music-based empowerment program serving at-risk youth, designed to engage, enlighten, and empower youth to celebrate their own individuality and uniqueness.

Through popular music and powerful storytelling, we address topics pertinent to today’s youth — self-acceptance, anxiety, depression, overcoming adversity, bullying, the importance of kindness, racism, self-esteem, and goal development — all from a peer perspective. 

Teen performers stress to the students that they are not alone, that being different and unique is a strength, and that they too can overcome adversity. Our goal is to ignite a spark in every participant to inspire positive choices, and increased feelings of support and belonging. 

 

 

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Free2BeME Project: Journeys of Self-Discovery

by FREE2LUV INC

In response to the bullying and youth suicide crisis that affects such a large number of youth each day, Free2Luv created the Free2BeME Project, an art-driven empowerment workshop geared toward meeting the needs of at-risk youth.

The Free2BeME Project creates a safe space for youth to express themselves creatively, develop self-esteem, foster teamwork, communication, and leadership skills - all while becoming more responsible and active stewards of their community.

Self-esteem in youth is at an all-time low, over 160,000 students are staying home from school every day due to bullying, and funds for the arts has been cut over 80% in U.S. public schools. We need to actively address these issues by offering our empowerment programming free-of-charge to underserved communities, affording them the opportunity to creatively express themselves through the power of the arts.

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Parkview Annual Auction Dinner

by Parkview Services

Join us for an evening of food and philanthropy to support Parkview's programs. We welcome back auctioneers April Brown and Mike Brown to host fun games, our live auction and a tasty dessert dash. We'll also have a raffle and silent auction to peruse at the start of the event. Help Parkview Services continue a now 51-year long legacy of inclusive affordable housing in the Pacific Northwest. Hope to see you there!

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16th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction

by Work Opportunities

Our 16th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction is biggest fundraising event of the year and is also a chance for us to show our appreciation for our clients, their supporters, and the community that supports what we do.

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Grand Ronde Hospital Foundation

by GRANDE RONDE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

The Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation is hosting a dinner and benefit auction/raffle in conjunction with its 24th Annual Grande Ronde Amateur golf tournament on Saturday - September 8, 2018.  We ask that you consider a tax-deductible donation of an item, service, or experience for our auction.  All proceeds from the auction and the tournament will go towards the purchase of needed patient care equipment for our hospital and clinics.

 

The Amateur dinner and auction will be held at the La Grande Country Club, and draws more than 110 golfers, donors, and community members to support local healthcare.

 

Last year, our event raised $16,500 in total which funded patient care programs such as new Infusion Clinic chairs, ENT Exam Chair, and Wireless Fetal Monitoring belt for the Family Birthing Center. Projects such as these make Grande Ronde Hospital the medical home of choice providing the most advanced patient care technology to its patients for more than 110 years!

  

Your donation to this long-standing event will not go without notice. Your business name will be advertised throughout the three-day eventincluding mention in the auction program, our regional print and radio  media, the Hospital’s website, and on the Foundation’s electronic donor wall located in the Hospital‘s lobby. 

 

We ask that you have any donations or pledges to us no later than August 10th, 2018.

 

For more information contact Patrick Flynn, at (541) 963-1431 or [email protected]

 

Thank you for your consideration,

 

Patrick Flynn

Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation Manager           

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2018 Lelli Memorial Scholarship Program

by PAST PRESIDENTS CLUB PROPELLOR CLUB OF THE UNITED STATES

The Tacoma Propeller Club hosts a competition known as the Lelli Memorial Scholarship every year.  This program was established to acquaint public high school seniors and the citizens of Pierce County with the maritime industry and the effects of international trade on our community.

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Ahadi: A Benefit Dinner

by GLOBEMED NFP

We are happy to announce that this year GlobeMed at the University of Washington will be hosting our 6th annual Benefit Dinner! Ahadi: Celebrating Commitment to Global Health will take place at the Intellectual House on the 18th of May. Join us for a lively evening featuring a silent auction, keynote speakers, a fabulous catered dinner, live entertainment, and our very own GlobeMed wine! We can't wait to see you there!

GlobeMed’s mission is to instill and promote healthy global work practices within our members by holding weekly chapter meetings, where we discuss global health topics and engage in critical thinking, challenging the power dynamics that can arise when you have a party that's giving aid and a party that's receiving aid.

Our chapter is partnered with NECOFA, a Kenyan grassroots organization committed to uplifting and empowering its community through projects in sustainable agriculture, education, and environmental justice. For more information about UW GlobeMed and the work we do, please visit us at uwglobemed.org. For more information on NECOFA, please visit necofakenya.or.ke.

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Hats, Horses and Hope

by Partners For Affordable Housing

Our annual Hats, Horses and Hope event is a Kentucky Derby themed fundraiser.  We offer race viewing, cigar rolling, silent auction, games, betting opportunities and a wine/liquor wall, in addition to best dressed contests.  We would love to showcase your bourbon as a signature item!  We would acknowledge your gift in a variety of ways: signage, printed materials, our website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and more.  Proceeds from this event go to support our two emergency shelters for women and children who are experiencing homelessness.  Guests are invited to stay with us for up to 90 days while taking advantage of case management and programming support to help them overcome barriers, learn important skills and obtain safe and stable housing.  Almost half of our guests are children, so we work hard to also create a comfortable environment to create positive memories of the time when they were homeless.

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WEA Children's Fund Auction and Raffle

by WEA CHILDRENS FUND

Washington Education Association holds its annual Representative Assembly in Spokane April 19-21, 2018. Over 1,000 members of the WEA come together. During this event, the WEA Children’s Fund will conduct silent auction and raffle drawings to raise money. We rely on individuals and organizations like yours for support. Not only will your 100% of your charitable donation be helping children in schools around the state, but by contributing items, you receive recognition for your organization.

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Harvest Beat Dinner and Fundraiser

by Chamber Music Madness

This event takes place at the Harvest Beat restaurant in Wallingford on May 11, 2018.  The evening will include a silent auction, spirits and appetizers, a unique, locally-sourced vegan/vegetarian dinner and a recital by the Skyros Quartet, our Artistic Directors.   Our goal is to raise $10,000.  The money we raise will go towards our youth programs. 

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NICWA/36th Annual Protecting our Children National American Indian Conf. on Child Abuse & Neglect

by NATIONAL INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ASSOCIATION INC

Every year our conference offers attendees cutting-edge programming and serves as the leading source of emerging best practices in the field of Native child welfare. Strategies to develop institutions and programs that keep Native families together and thriving are at the core of our programming, and ensuring compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is one of these cornerstone strategies. ICWA was passed by Congress in 1978 to prevent the alarmingly high rates at which Native children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Native families. Despite progress across the country, problems persist with the disproportionate removal of Native children from their families. In the state of Alaska, Native children are 2.6 times more likely than non-Native children to be placed in out-of-home care, and they are also at higher risk of never being reunited with their families.

For the 573 federally recognized tribes we serve, ICWA allows them to exercise a fundamental prerogative of sovereignty—the right to care for the next generation of Native leaders and keep them connected to their families and culture. The continuation of tribal traditions in large part depends on Native children staying with their families or near their communities.

Our conference addresses this need through our unique mix of programming that inspires attendees to develop culturally responsive institutions to affect change in their communities and develop strategic approaches to promoting the well-being of children. With internationally renowned advocates like Gloria O’Neill (from Cook Inlet Tribal Council), Ariel Tweto (Iñupiaq and TV personality), Dr. Dee Bigfoot, and Cindy Blackstock—our conference attendees are inspired to continue building institutions that reflect their community’s needs and to fight for tribes’ right to care for their member children.

Conference goals:

  • To highlight successful strategies for developing effective services
  • To reveal the latest and most innovative child welfare and children’s mental health service delivery practices
  • To disseminate tactics and strategies for financing and sustaining services that impact children
  • To showcase strategies for involving youth and families in developing services and policies that lead to systems change
  • To create peer-to-peer networks that will assist each other in the work toward permanency for all Native families
  • To share the latest research on the well-being of Native children and effective child welfare and children’s mental health services, practices, and policies

 

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2018 APICC Annual Meeting - Generations

by Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium

The 2018 APICC Annual Meeting & Conference will focus the multi-generational workforce, and the unique challenges faced by young Alaskans in accessing and completing postsecondary training as compared to past generations.

The APICC Annual Membership Meeting & Conference is the leading workforce development gathering in Alaska. The event brings together APICC industry members from oil and gas, mining, maritime, and construction, with education and training providers, nonprofits, trades organizations, government agencies, and secondary and postsecondary students. For almost 20 years, the conference has been fostering collaborative efforts to build skilled, work-ready Alaskans for a strong Alaska economy. 

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16th Annual Community Luncheon

by ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION

PROGRAM: 

11:00AM Registration opens

11:30AM Doors open

12:00PM Program begins

1:30PM Program concludes

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Alaska Drone Racing League STEAM Outreach @ Arctic Thunder Airshow 2018

by ALASKA DRONE RACING LEAGUE

Alaska Drone Racing League, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, is providing a state wide STEAM education outreach aimed at supporting rural and urban communities by implementing the use of drones and robotic technology for racing and competition, 3D printing, assembly, terrain mapping, game management, video data processing and much more. To accomplish this goal, we are looking for financial sponsorships to support students with our offerings. AKDRL is currently building partnerships with other Alaskan organizations focused on education, training, and workforce development including APICC, EXCEL Alaska, and Northern Industrial Training.  AKDRL envisions a collaborative statewide effort for greater, statewide impact increasing the number of students choosing STEAM-related career paths using drone technologies.
 
The kick-off will be the "Arctic Thunder" air show at JBER this June 30-July1st.

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Funding a State Wide STEM Education Outreach for Students using Drone Technology

by ALASKA DRONE RACING LEAGUE

Alaska Drone Racing League, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, is providing a state wide STEAM education outreach aimed at supporting rural and urban communities by implementing the use of drones and robotic technology for racing and competition, 3D printing, assembly, terrain mapping, game management, video data processing and much more. To accomplish this goal, we are looking for financial sponsorships to support students with our offerings. AKDRL is currently building partnerships with other Alaskan organizations focused on education, training, and workforce development including APICC, EXCEL Alaska, and Northern Industrial Training.  AKDRL envisions a collaborative statewide effort for greater, statewide impact increasing the number of students choosing STEAM-related career paths using drone technologies.
 
 

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Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community Foundation Golf Tournament

by TACOMA LUTHERAN RETIREMENT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

9-hole golft tournament raising funds for our Resident Assistance Fund. We are one of only two retirement communities in Pierce County that will not ask residents who run out of funds to leave our facility.

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Restoration of the Schooner Fiddlers Dream, a floating classroom.

by KITSAP MARITIME HERITAGE FOUNDATION

Kitsap Maritime (501c3) is restoring the Schooner Fiddlers Dream to serve as Kitsap’s Tall Ship and floating classroom. We will resume the 3rd to 5th grade education program aboard the Schooner with 4 learning stations; History, Marine Biology, STEM and Navigation and Charts during the School year.  The Schooner will be a platform for internships to introduce young people for career connected learning to the maritime job market.  The Schooner will sail the Kitsap area of Puget Sound during the summer months providing the opportunity to visit local estuaries and providing an adventure of a lifetime here in our front yard.  The project is divided into 3 phases.  1st phase was acquisition of Schooner owned by Kitsap Maritime (Complete).  2nd phase is restoration/refit to USCG standards for passenger carrying ability.  This phase is 50% complete. 3rd phase is operation of the Schooner in Puget Sound for educational purposes (Elementary School and entry level job training) along with giving local people and visitors alike an opportunity to experience an amazing nautical journey only a step away from our West Sound home.  Once operational, Kitsap Maritime and Schooner Fiddlers Dream will partner with other local Non Profits, i.e. residents of Marrow Manor will participate in a day of respite and excitement aboard the schooner to let their imaginations be the only limit to the adventure.

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Walk To End Lupus Now - Portland

by Lupus Foundation of America, Pacific Northwest Region-DUP1

When you take part in a Lupus Foundation of America's Walk to End Lupus Now®, you experience firsthand the power of the movement to end lupus. Join us in Portland to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for the estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from its brutal impact.

walktoendlupus.org/portland

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Walk To End Lupus Now - Seattle

by Lupus Foundation of America, Pacific Northwest Region-DUP1

When you take part in a Lupus Foundation of America's Walk to End Lupus Now®, you experience firsthand the power of the movement to end lupus. Join us in Seattle to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for the estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from its brutal impact.

walktoendlupus.org/seattle

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The Great Unknown Challenge

by Lupus Foundation of America, Pacific Northwest Region-DUP1

Adventure calls. Join the fun.

Participants will be transported to five undisclosed locations where they must complete an unknown challenge at each. The challenges will require brains, brawn, and a sense of adventure. Say what?! The challenges last year were a blast! None of those will be repeated though. We don't call it the GreatUnknown Challenge for nothing. Sign up for a morning filled with fun, laughter, and...free beer!

thegreatunknownchallenge.org

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4th Annual Gala

by Anchor Age Center Inc

Annual garden gala fundraiser supporting the Anchorage Senior Activity Center.  This fundraiser raises funds by sponsorships of tables; table sponsors of $2,500 (sponsorship and meals for a table of 8) or $5,000 (sponsorship and meals for table of 10) and a live and silent auction (items for auction are welcome). 

In addition this Garden Gala will recognize the 35th anniversary of the Anchorage Senior Activity Center.

The Anchorage Senior Activity Center provides a location and services for seniors to 'age in place' providing a place for community interaction as well as a full fitness department and many regular daily, weekly and monthly activities.

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Meals on Wheels Programs for Columbia County, Oregon

by UNITED WAY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY

Funds raised will help support the provision of the meals on wheels programs provided throughout Columbia County by local Senior Centers.

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Senior Patches Program

by MABEL T CAVERLY SENIOR CENTER

For over 14 years, this emergency Patches program has provided small one-time grants (up to $250) to low-income seniors 55+ in the Anchorage area needing immediate assistance for an emergency expense. This program is intended to help seniors sustain their living situation that is deteriorating because of the need for rental/utility assistance, home/appliance/auto repair or bus pass.If the client requires more than $250 to cover the emergency bill, we verify they are able to find the remaining dollars before issuing a check to vendor/landlord/utility company for our portion--thus assuring money is going to a person that truly has a one-time emergency situation. Unfortunately we are unable to assist more seniors due to limited funds for our Patches program and in the cold, harsh winters of Alaska, this can be devestating to keeping seniors in their homes for as long as possible, which is one of our goals.

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