Anchorage, Alaska –The Alaska Credit Union League (ACUL)—a volunteer-run professional organization that works to advance relevant industry legislation, education, and awareness for credit unions across the state—provided a $10,000 donation to the Armed Services YMCA to help provide service to federal employees affected by the government shutdown.
The historically long shutdown is impacting more than 5,200 Alaskans and their families. While the individual credit unions are already providing support to their members through special programs, this will provide an added benefit to fellow Alaskans, giving them some type of financial normalcy during this uncertain time.
“The ACUL as a whole is banding together to provide additional support to our fellow Alaskans during this time of need,” said Dan McCue, ACUL President. “This shows our Alaskan credit unions truly displaying our people helping people philosophy.”
The Armed Services YMCA will be facilitating the distribution of the donated funds to the federal employees who need assistance. For affected families residing in Alaska who are far from the ASYMCA’s physical locations, the ASYMCA encourages them to reach out by phone at 907-552-9622, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, to see how they can provide food security assistance in your area.
“The federal employees of Alaska, who do so much to keep our society running safely and smoothly, are now faced with the extraordinary stresses of how to keep their own families sheltered and fed,” said ASYMCA Marketing Director, Lita Miller. “That is why the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska has made the decision to open our Food Pantries to furloughed or work-without-pay federal employees on JBER, Ft. Wainwright, and Ft. Greely.”
The ASYMCA Food Pantry has long been a critical program helping to provide food security to military families in crisis. With the ongoing government shutdown surpassing previous records for duration, it is now a critical resource for struggling federal employees and government contractors facing an uncertain future. The incredible support of Alaska’s community has enabled the ASYMCA of Alaska to expand Food Pantry access to affected families, whether or not they are military affiliated.
About Alaska Credit Union League
The Alaska Credit Union League is comprised of 11 credit unions throughout the state: Alaska District Engineers Federal Credit Union, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, ALPS Federal Credit Union, Credit Union 1, Denali a Division of Nuvision Credit Union, MAC Federal Credit Union, Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, Northern Skies Federal Credit Union, Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union, Tongass Federal Credit Union, and True North Federal Credit Union. Learn more at alaskacreditunions.org.
About the Armed Services YMCA
The non-profit Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) provides no- and low-cost programs to nearly 500,000 active-duty enlisted military and their families each year at 31 branches and affiliates nationwide. Innovative, direct services are tailored to the needs of local military installations nationwide with the help of 13,000 volunteers in addition to community and military support. Of the 1.2 million Active Duty military stationed in the US, approximately 82% are located where the ASYMCA has a Branch or Affiliate nearby to help strengthen military families. The ASYMCA does not receive government funding, and does not charge dues or membership fees for their programs. Please visit www.asymca.org/alaska to learn more.