If you are lucky enough to be a homeowner in the mystical and absolutely beautiful area of Anchorage, AK, you are certainly aware of the huge gaps in income and living standards. This metropolitan area is growing, but because of the climate and geography it retains a small city sensibility.
Anchorage has massive private retreats and mansions, yet a stunning number of families and households in need. This year, give “thanks” for your comfortable living in the Land of the Midnight Sun by donating resources to, and volunteering time at, one of the many outstanding local charities.
1. Downtown Soup Kitchen
- Location: 434 E. 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
- Phone: (907) 277-4302
- Website: http://www.downtownsoupkitchen.org
One great place is need of help around Anchorage, AK is the downtown soup kitchen. Bitter cold and decreased mobility are very difficult to live with in this area of the country. During the cold months, the Downtown Soup Kitchen is “busting at the seams” with the homeless, those needing meal subsidies, and many addicts looking for a place to stay and receive encouragement for changing habits. Located at 434 E. 4th Ave., the Downtown Soup Kitchen is always in need of cooking supplies, food staples, and cash donations to help with maintenance and utilities.
Above all, this wonderful resource is always in need of individuals who can donate time cooking, washing, serving and providing “eyes, ears and muscle” to the organization. Learn about opportunities to help out this year by calling (907) 277-4302.
2. Kars 4 Kids
- Phone: (866) 4990-4658
- Website: http://local.ingenio.com/Service/Kars4kids/7043333
In the Anchorage area, boats are more common than cars. This charity has adapted its policy to haul away old and unused boats in exchange for luxury hotel vouchers. Kars 4 Kids recycles old boats and uses the proceeds to fund all types of children’s benefits. This ranges from clothing subsidies and after school programs, to helping out with medical bills and traveling expenses.
Kars 4 Kids is available by phone 24/7. Call (866) 490-4658 and Kars 4 Kids will immediately schedule a pickup of your old boat. This is a great way to improve the look of your property and provide funding to kids in need during the holidays.
3. Disabled American Veterans (Serving Anchorage)
- Phone: (877) 310-4167
- Website: http://www.dav.org
There are thousands of disabled American veterans from all branches of service living in the Anchorage area. Veterans deal with special emotional, physical, and economic hardships that make normal living sometimes very difficult. The DAV provides help to all disabled veterans needing assistance with everything from finding a home, reliable transportation, grief and PTSD counseling, or filing complicated claim forms for the government regarding their disability.
The DAV is in constant need of financial help, citizen donors, and those possessing expertise in legal and psychological fields. Veterans should never be forgotten. Call the DAV of Anchorage at (877) 310-4167 and see how you can help.
Putting the Giving back in Thanksgiving
Remember this Thanksgiving season that the best way to improve your neighborhood is to become a better neighbor. A great way to start is supporting a local charity! Contact us to learn more about the Anchorage area.