United Way of Anchorage
United Way of Anchorage is the leader in mobilizing the resources of individuals, companies, government and labor to achieve positive and lasting change in the lives of the people in our community.
We believe the key to creating lasting change - in people’s lives and in our community - is getting to the source of problems. It’s change that doesn’t come easily or by accident. It’s change that requires clear goals. Leads to true partnerships, with differences and special interests set aside so as to make real progress. Involves actions that are deliberate and data driven.
Our goal is to be strategic, collaborative and efficient. We aim to produce tangible results that advance the common good.
It takes everyone in the community – big businesses, small businesses, elected officials, nonprofits, academia, the faith community, the labor movement, the media, parents and neighbors working together to create a brighter future. We call it living united and we invite you to be a part of it.
Data reveals progress is being made toward the community’s goal of a 90% graduation rate by the year 2020. Beginning in 2006 the Anchorage graduation rate was just 59%.
Today it’s grown to almost 73%. But additional attention and effort is still needed.
April is National Financial Literacy Month, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Consumers are feeling squeezed each week with rapidly increasing gas and food prices and sluggish economic growth, with many living in a down economy for the first time.
Quality of life for Anchorage residents is great for some, not so good for others.
That insight comes from the latest United Way of Anchorage Envision Anchorage Community Assessment Project report, which in 2006 began compiling quality of life indicators for the community.
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan recently signed an Executive Proclamation making February 11, 2013 Alaska 2-1-1 Day.
Since its start in 2007, Alaska 2-1-1, operated by United Way of Anchorage, has handled over 86,000 calls and made more than 101,000 referrals connecting Alaskans to needed services.
No matter where you live in Alaska, help is just a phone call away.
When Travis, a 30-year-old single father of two, had to leave work while recovering from a back injury, it wasn’t long before he got behind on his utility bill – and the idea of facing a winter without heat suddenly seemed all too likely.
Travis isn’t alone. Rental and utility assistance are consistently the highest unmet needs in Anchorage.
The holidays are a time of caring, sharing and giving back. But often times we don’t know how exactly to lend our time, gifts or talents to help those in need.
That’s why United Way of Anchorage has updated and re-issued the popular 3rd Annual Holiday Guide to Giving and Volunteering.
What would you do if you had to choose between feeding your family or paying the rent? It’s a choice thousands of hardworking Anchorage families now have to make. But what may surprise you is that it’s not just the homeless or the unemployed who struggle to get by.
So what has changed from the good old days of wealth and prosperity combined with an annual PFD check?
Over the last ten years, as Anchorage grew from a modest 225,000 residents to just around 300,000, the supply of housing within the community has become seriously inadequate.
United Way of Anchorage and our partners have been keeping a finger on the pulse of Anchorage since 2006 by collecting data on key measures of our quality of life. We continue to learn new things and deepen our understanding of our community. We use what we learn to drive what we do, and measure our successes and, sometimes, failures.
This years report focuses on United Way’s focus on education.