April 10, 2020: The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska recognizes that, now more than ever, military families need support. In our united battle against COVID-19, The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska is continuing to provide our military family with food security, education assistance, and support for crises, quarantined service members, and troop deployments across the state.
We are working diligently to connect with our military community to provide opportunities and resources, and to engage with the community to create social connections, while maintaining physical distance.
With safety of our military community at the forefront of our mind, we have modified the way our families access our services throughout the state of Alaska: Food Security: As business shutter their doors, food security is more critical to families than ever. Our Food Pantries continue to operate by appointment. When our families email us here with their contact information, we will reach out to discuss their needs and find solutions and arrange for pick-up.
Education Support: With the School Districts recent announcement that Alaska’s schools will not be resuming in-class learning this year, our education support will be a critical bridge for families who either do not have access to a printer, or who cannot afford the costs of maintaining their printer. The ASYMCA of Alaska will print out education packets for our military families and arrange for pick-up of their materials. Requests to print educational materials can be made by emailing us here with your contact information and attached documents.
Quarantine and Deployment Support: The ASYMCA of Alaska is investing in keeping the spirits of our serve members high as they fulfill their essential missions. For those who are quarantined or deploying, we are building goodie-bags and sending encouraging words. Military leadership can send requests for quarantine or deployment support by emailing us here.
Crisis Support: The Guardian Angel Program continues to be available to our military community. This program can help provide crisis assistance for our military members when all other avenues of relief have failed. As this most often revolves around emergency travel assistance, requests for this program must be initiated by unit commanders in compliance with the Stop-Movement order issued by the Department of Defense.
Outreach: In the era of physical distancing, we are engaging through social media to check in with our community, assess needs, and respond with solutions. This includes simple activity bags, virtual creative opportunities, education supplies, and more. The ASYMCA of Alaska remains nimble and flexible in order to fill service gaps and needs as they emerge through outreach, and as directed by our military leadership. These needs will evolve and change frequently while this health crisis is being managed, and we remain committed to serving during these changes.
Above all, our focus remains on the safety and well-being of our military members, their families, our volunteers, and staff. While we work to serve our nation’s heroes, we are constantly reevaluating the steps and precautions we are taking to ensure we are safe, and doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.