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Fred Meyer Community Rewards Donation Opportunity

Fred Meyer Community Awards

You can help The Arc of Anchorage earn donations by using your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

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Support your favorite nonprofit just by shopping at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card. Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million each year – up to $625,000 each quarter – to the local schools, community organizations and nonprofits of your choice. All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and use it when you shop at Fred Meyer.

Are you a Fred Meyer customer?

You are now able to link your Rewards Card to your favorite nonprofit by following the link above. Whenever you use your Rewards Card when shopping at Freddy’s, you will be helping that organization earn a donation from Fred Meyer. If you do not have a Rewards Card, you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk of any Fred Meyer store.

The Arc of Anchorage’s number is 91096. Please refer to this number when you are asked to enter your organization number on the link.

For more information download [pdf] Community Rewards fact sheet.

 

 

Wings for Autism™, March 22, 2014

combined logosWings for Autism™, one of The Arc’s newest national initiatives, is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation professionals. Originated by the Charles River Center, a local chapter of The Arc, Wings for Autism™ is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism experience when traveling by air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtain boarding passes, go through securityand board a plane. Wings for Autism™ also gives airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment. This experience is equally useful for families that have a member with other intellectual or developmental disabilities that are concerned about the ability of their family member to travel. National expansion of Wings for Autism is being administered by The Arc of the United States. 

Ted Stevens International Airport will be hosting for the first time “The Wings for Autism” event in combination with AARC and The Arc of Anchorage. The event will be held on Saturday March 22nd, 2014 at the Ted Stevens International Airport. Check-in for registered families will begin at 12:00pm at Alaska Airlines. To register for this event please see http://www.thearc.org/wingsforautism/ANC. Space is limited and only registered participants will be able to attend. A reception will be held for the participants upon deplaning. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Todd Heverling, Development Director at 907-777-0101.

The Arc Builds Five Homes in Five Years for Alaskans Who Experience Disabilities

Tricia Skitt, The Arc’s Licensing and Compliance Specialist, arrived at the Open House celebration with the assisted living home license issue by the State of Alaska.

Tricia Skitt, The Arc’s Licensing and Compliance Specialist, arrived at the open house celebration with the assisted living home license issued by the State of Alaska.

On November 21, The Arc of Anchorage celebrated the completion of a goal to provide more housing to Alaskans who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. Five years ago The Arc began the monumental task of building a new assisted living home each year for five years. To mark the occasion The Arc held an open house celebration at the last house.

Building five homes in five years seemed nearly impossible for a non-profit organization—and almost was. However, a community of private donors, businesses, other non-profits, city government, and foundations found a way to contribute to improving housing for Alaskans who experience disabilities. The final nail was driven in the final home this fall.

The Arc’s leadership, earlier this year, was unsure if the organization would be able to complete the “Five Homes in Five Years” campaign on time. Money was tight after four years of building and it appeared the final home would have to wait. However thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation work continued on the last home. Final touches were added to the house recently and it is ready for occupancy.

“Tremendous community support from more than 300 private donors, local businesses, NeighborWorks, the Municipality of Anchorage, and Rasmuson Foundation made this possible.” said Dr. Mary Van Haneghan, Executive Director of The Arc of Anchorage.

Assisted living is a vital service The Arc provides to Alaskans who experience intellectual or developmental disabilities; however, accessible housing is in short supply in Anchorage. A fully accessible house is one story with wide hallways, large bathrooms that include lift equipment and an open floor plan. The Arc decided building accessible housing was more cost effective rather than remodeling existing homes for sale in Anchorage. Currently, The Arc operates 32 assisted living homes throughout Anchorage. For the foreseeable future accessible housing will remain a critical need for Alaskans who experience disabilities but for now The Arc is celebrating an achievement.