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AWAIC Newsletter: Back To School


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AWAIC Monthly Newsletter SEPTEMBER 2013
In This Issue
Letter from the Director
Pick.Click.Give. by Aug 31
Donate School Supplies
MAJ Fashion Show
Like us on Facebook

AWAIC Events in the Community 



Alaska Women's Show

September 27-29

Sullivan Arena
Come visit AWAIC in the Taylored Restoration booth



AWAIC's 2013 Annual

Silent Nights, Starry Nights Gala
Denim & Diamonds 

Saturday, October 19th


Hotel Captain Cook

MAJ Fashion Show to benefit AWAIC
Saturday, Nov 16th
7pm at Hilton Hotel
Tickets: VIP $100 
Runway $75
see flyer for details

Contact Jackie Nelson for more event information at jackie_n@awaic.org




Volunteer at AWAIC     

For questions about volunteering for events, donation drives or holding a community event, please contact Jackie Nelson at jackie_n@awaic.org or 907.743.5727.



If you are interested in volunteering in our shelter, please contact Virginia McCaslin at virginia_m@awaic.org or 907.743.5748

Thank you to the 1,233 Alaskans who gave to AWAIC through





was raised from your generous PFD donations!!!

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School is a Safe Haven
Letter from the Executive Director

I always loved going back to school. It was a place where I felt confident and appreciated the structure of the classroom. School is a safe place for many students. It's the one place they know they can count on getting breakfast and lunch. Children's Lunchbox, a program that feeds kids estimated that 18,000 children in Anchorage live in poverty. That's 35% of the students in ASD. They live in poverty and their families rely heavily on programs like Children's Lunchbox to make sure their kids get breakfast and lunch.


School is a place where adults care and put kids' needs first. A place that is warm. So many kids are moving from home to home, school to school and missing endless days of school which negatively impacts their ability to keep pace with other kids.


AWAIC works closely with the Anchorage School District's Child in Transition or Title 1 program to make sure our kids get to school. We work with moms to determine if it is safe for their little ones to continue at the same school. CIT provides transportation to and from school. Some of those bus rides take kids all the way back to the bus barn to another bus and they can spend countless hours waiting to get to school. Oftentimes they're working on less sleep than most adults and struggle to get by in the classroom.


But school is a safe haven; there is normalcy and stability there.


Without resources like Children's Lunchbox and Child in Transition these most vulnerable of children wouldn't get fed, wouldn't have access to the consistency and stability of their classrooms. I'm incredibly grateful for the work they, many other programs, teachers and school staff do to help our kids at AWAIC and throughout our community.




Pick.Click.Give. by August 31st
Donate to AWAIC

LAST CALL! Did you know that you can donate to AWAIC through Pick.Click.Give.? Make a donation with your PFD by August 31st. 


Last year, you helped give $66,125 through Pick.Click.Give. Let's make that number grow!


Visit the PFD website and make the commitment to help victims of domestic violence. 




From The Children's Program
Seeking School Supplies

Back to school time is here, and we are looking for back to school supplies for children in shelter.  Every child should be able to attend their first day of school with the right tools.  We are in need of basic school supplies like markers, notebooks, lined paper, pens, erasers, pencil holders, pencil sharpeners, glue, scissors, calculators, rulers, and most importantly...Backpacks!  Backpacks are something children are in need of year round.  If you have any questions about an item to donate, please contact AWAIC at 279-9585 and ask for a member of the children's team.  We look forward to hearing from you and thank you again for your help...Every donation makes a difference!

TICKETS GOING QUICKLY! You don't want to miss this exciting runway event. 

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