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AWAIC Newsletter: Thanks for a great summer Anchorage!


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AWAIC Monthly Newsletter AUGUST 2013
In This Issue
Letter from the Director
Help AWAIC Raise $5,000!
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AWAIC Events in the Community 


First Friday Event to benefit AWAIC

Friday, August 2nd


2 Friends Gallery

341 E. Benson

 Taste wines from the Lawer Family Vineyards and view unique art at 2 Friends: a most unusual gallery.

Proceeds benefit AWAIC.


Contact Jackie Nelson for more event information at jackie_n@awaic.org or 907.743.5727.



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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Outstanding Advocacy in Shelter
Letter from the Executive Director
The power of one voice is incredible. One of our participants was having a hard time getting housing. Her credit history was a wreck, she struggled financially, English was her second language, and she had no transportation and three kids to support. Applications were a nightmare for her and even speaking up for herself when she needed help was incredibly difficult. She kept running into 'no' from housing agencies. That was a word she understood.
Dana is a full-time advocate at AWAIC and she called the most recent company and got the owner on the phone. She explained the dynamics of financial abuse, how abusers provide little access to funds, control any money that comes into the home, and damage their partner's credit history. The owner listened and the owner learned about the devastation of domestic violence. The owner heard Dana speaking for that participant and approved her for the apartment she needed.
AWAIC staff provide so much more than safe shelter. They provide the advocacy that makes the difference between crisis and independence. AWAIC staff are amazing! I'm truly thankful for their dedication and passion.
Raise your voice for those in need!

Help AWAIC Raise $5,000
Wells Fargo has generously offered to match up to $5,000 of the funds that AWAIC raises during this campaign. When you help us raise $5,000, Wells Fargo will match it and turn it into $10,000!
Wells Fargo has been a long-time supporter of AWAIC's mission and we value their commitment to helping provide services, shelter and programs to victims of domestic violence. Help us to make a $5,000 donation go twice as far!    
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Wells Fargo
Learn more about Wells Fargo's giving and donate here:
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From The Children's Program-
A Report on Summer Activities
This summer The Children's Program was able to pack in a lot of activities! We went to the movies a few times, and tried out a couple different parks and playgrounds. We had fun at the aquarium, getting ice cream, going on picnics, and feeding ducks.  We also got to visit the beautiful Alaskan outdoors and see some awesome wildlife...and the ocean!  The kids were really excited to get a cotton candy machine and some cuddly stuffed animals from the community.  Thank you again for all your support and generosity...you make a difference in the lives of children at AWAIC!
Kris Morgan Joins the Prevention Team


Kris Morgan graduated this past May from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where she majored in Psychology and minored in Women's Studies.  During her 4 years at IUP, she worked and volunteered with The Haven Project, a grant-funded on-campus organization to support survivors and give prevention education about stalking, dating/relationship violence, and sexual assault.  She says she's never been sure about what she wanted to be "when she grows up" but she always wanted to do something that would make a difference for someone else as well as something that would throw her out of her comfort zone, which is why she started looking into the AmeriCorps VISTA projects.  When she saw the ANDVSA programs she knew it was something she had to shoot for and is now more than ecstatic to start with AWAIC in August!

Kris Morgan VISTA
Kris Morgan, our new VISTA!


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