GCI Contributes $170,000 to Fund 15 Suicide Prevention Programs Statewide
GCI demonstrated its continued support for suicide prevention efforts this Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by donating $170,000 to fifteen organizations across the state.
The 2020 GCI Suicide Prevention Fund contributes to vital suicide prevention efforts with an emphasis on organizations that serve small, rural communities that might sometimes be overlooked, as well as larger programs that reach Alaskans in bigger cities. Since the fund’s first year, GCI has given more than $470,000 to local organizations for suicide prevention efforts.
“GCI is in the business of connecting Alaskans. As we head into dark winter days, after months of COVID precautions, we want to make certain we all continue to take care of each other,” said Jen Nelson, senior manager of corporate communications and community engagement, and one of the founders of the GCI Suicide Prevention Fund. “This suicide prevention program is important to our employees, because sadly it is an issue personal to so many of us. We are glad we can provide significant funds to this effort in 2020.”
GCI has awarded grants to the following recipients this year:
- Alaska Council of School Administrators
- Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance
- Aleut Community of St. Paul Island
- Bethel Community Services Foundation, Inc.
- Camp Fire Alaska
- Choosing Our Roots
- Community Connections
- Kuspuk School District
- NAMI Juneau
- Native Village of Buckland
- Native Village of Tanacross
- Native Village of Unalakleet
- OPT-In Kiana
- Team Red, White & Blue
- Women in Safe Homes
Through the grant application process, the recipients demonstrated plans for and proven success of deploying suicide prevention strategies that are customized to address needs specific to Alaska, especially in rural areas.
GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2019, nearly 550 GCI employees volunteered more than 5,300 hours.
For more information about GCI Gives, visit https://www.gci.com/why-gci/gcigives. For more information about the GCI Suicide Prevention Fund, visit https://www.gci.com/why-gci/gcigives/gci-suicide-prevention-fund.
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