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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Alaska

From our first stop in Alabama, we're moving West to our next stop in Alaska on Charity Navigator's cross-country tour, which aims to recognize some of the highly-rated charities in each state.

Sometimes called "The Last Frontier," Alaska is known for it's unique biodiversity and natural beauty which is protected be several large national parks. While nearly half of the state's population lives in the Anchorage metro area, small cities, towns, and villages dot the state's breathtaking landscape. We're taking a look at five of the state's highly-rated organizations who are serving the people, communities, and environment of Alaska.

Bean’s Cafe (Anchorage, AK)
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Feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless without discrimination during the day

Incorporated in February 1979, Bean's Café is a stand alone, non-sectarian, 501(c)(3) non-profit agency. We are a community based and supported program. Since 1979, we have maintained a center where the hungry and homeless are provided with hot nutritious meals, a warm and safe day shelter, information and referral assistance to health and human service programs. We target the poorest people in our community, the street people, the homeless, the chronically mentally ill, and the needy elderly. We also serve families in temporary crisis, the seasonally unemployed, and assist various local agencies in the feeding of children. Bean's Cafe exists to provide the most basic of human needs without discrimination or cost to anyone requesting assistance.

Covenant House Alaska (Anchorage, AK)
Providing support and assistance to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth

Since opening our doors in 1988, Covenant House Alaska (CHA) has served thousands of homeless and runaway youth in Alaska. Through the years, we have expanded our services and adapted our programs to meet the changing needs of the community. However, our mission to serve the suffering children of the streets has remained the same. At CHA, our sole purpose is to be available to help youth in crisis 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Through our three main programs, we meet the basic needs of youth in crisis, while also providing them with the support to become healthy, self-sufficient, contributing members of our community.

Trustees for Alaska (Anchorage, AK)
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Sustaining and protecting Alaska’s natural environment

Trustees for Alaska is a public interest law firm providing legal counsel to protect and sustain Alaska's natural environment. We represent local and national environmental groups, Alaska Native villages and nonprofit organizations, community groups, hunters, anglers, and others who are concerned about protecting Alaska's quality of life for future generations. Our services are free of charge, and for most of our clients, we provide legal counsel they could not otherwise afford. Since 1974, Trustees for Alaska has been using a broad range of legal tools to find solutions to Alaska's toughest environmental problems and hold decision-makers accountable.

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Providing food for hungry people

Founded in 1982, the Fairbanks Community Food Bank collects and redistributes donated food to individuals and agencies. Our primary purpose is to provide food for hungry people and to distribute surplus food that would ordinarily be discarded. Food donations are received from the local community and about 100 commercial vendors. Food is distributed through many programs including Food Boxes, Bone Builders, and Agency Shopping.

Working together towards a brighter future

The Tundra Women's Coalition (TWC) is committed to promoting a healthy social environment for the women, children and men of the Y-KDelta. We recognized that only with the achievement of full equality for women will families and communities become healthy positive entities. Toward this goal, TWC pledges to promote activities that encourage self-reliance, a sense of personal self-worth and dignity, and which enable women to achieve their fullest potential; knowing that this will result in the betterment of all people. Tundra Women's Coalition currently includes a 17 bed shelter, administrative offices, a Legal Advocacy program, a Community Education Program with a village outreach component, a program for Teens Acting Against Violence and a Childrens Program.

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