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United Way of Anchorage September E-Update


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United Way of Anchorage Ballgame Live United - United Way
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Uniting the community for our youth 265.jpgFor weeks now, community members just like you have led or participated in conversations about life in Anchorage for youth. On Saturday, those conversations come to life and fuel the workshops and discussions at the
Anchorage United for Youth Summit.

The AUY Summit takes place from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Dena'ina Center, and offers an opportunity for local leaders, parents, teachers, teens and you to lead the dialogue and participate in workshops that will help us help our youth succeed.

AUFY logo"When it comes to the success of our youth, everyone plays a critical role," said Michele Brown, President, United Way of Anchorage. "That's why it's so important that parents, teachers, community members and youth join us at the summit and share their ideas, experiences and energy. The workshops and discussions will provide actions we can all take to get engaged and create a grassroots movement that will help our kids avoid dangerous behavior, maintain good health, succeed in school, and build a stronger community for us all."

For more information on AUY and the AUY Summit, contact Sarah Sledge. spacer.gif
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Day of Caring, Day of Caring Food Drive
helps volunteers make community impact
Day of Caring Food Drive 2010An army of volunteers turned out last week, providing the heart and muscle for United Way of Anchorage's signature volunteer events:
The Day of Caring and the Day of Caring Food Drive.

On Wednesday, the Day of Caring featured more than 600 volunteers from 29 local companies working on more than 50 projects that supported local nonprofits. It was another landmark day for Alaska's largest annual corporate volunteer event.

Two days later, the 2010 Day of Caring Food Drive picked up where 2009's record-setting event left off. Last year, community members donated 619,000 pounds of food in one day. This year, a steady stream of vehicles cruised through the Sears Mall parking lot, dropping off boxes and bags of food, along with cash donations. Annually Alaska's largest single-day food drive, the totals for this year's Day of Caring Food Drive will be available in a few weeks. Have photos or stories to share from your company's Day of Caring or Day of Caring Food Drive experience? Send them to Josh Niva.
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LIVE IT! Rally brings Live United to life The Live United movement turned into a social movement on Sept. 1 when hundreds of community members made the LIVE IT! Rally a smashing success.

"The LIVE IT! Rally was a perfect way to illustrate true community giving," said Elizabeth Miller, Vice President of Resource Development, United Way of Anchorage, "while also rallying our community and supporters, thanking them for their generosity, and uniting them so they can join United Way in making an even bigger difference with their time, talent and resources."

Relive the LIVE IT! Rally by visiting the photo gallery.

LIVE IT! Rally

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Thank you letter reminds loyal United Way contributor of his impact Dave Miracle
Time certainly flies in our busy world. Dave Miracle had no idea he'd been giving to United Way for more than 30 years until a thank you letter arrived recently.

"The fact that someone took the time to write a letter meant a lot -- it really made me feel appreciated," said Miracle, a field services director at GCI. "As a leader in the Air Force, I used to write letters home to parents and I tell you what, that impact is unbelievable.

"But 31 years of giving? I'd never even thought about that," added Miracle, who began giving to United Way through payroll deduction in the Air Force in 1979 and continued when he joined GCI six years ago.

United Way of Anchorage is honored by the generous commitments made by our donors each year. Stories like these truly deserve recognition. If you're a longtime donor, we'd love to thank you and hear your story. Please contact Beth Johnson at 263-4696 to share your story.

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