Anchorage, Alaska, January 9, 2018 – Rotary Club of Fairbanks, an organization dedicated to making positive and lasting change in communities, has awarded their Donor Advised Fund Grant for $10,000 to the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska to renovate the Military Courtesy Lounge at the Fairbanks International Airport.Since 1941, The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska has served their mission to enhance the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind, and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life. The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska will continue to serve this mission by growing their programs to combat food insecurity, childcare accessibility, family separation, financial distress, and addressing the unique stressors of military families. With the generous grant from Rotary Club of Fairbanks, the ASYMCA of Alaska will be able to implement long-awaited renovations to our Military Courtesy Lounge at the Fairbanks International Airport.
“The Rotary Club of Fairbanks is committed to projects that enhance quality of life for people in our community. We also look for opportunities to mobilize our members to serve others through volunteer activities,” said Club President, Bill Wright. “This airport lounge renovation will meet both of these objectives and help all of us realize the Rotary International ideal of “Service Above Self.”
“We are excited have been selected by the Rotary Club of Fairbanks to receive this grant, and to work side by side with a host of professional members to completely renovate the ASYMCA Military Lounge,” says ASYMCA Executive Director, Sarah Riffer. “This lounge serves as a comfortable resting place for service members and their families, both active and retired, who are traveling through our community. The military lounge has refreshments, comfortable seating, a private area to rest and for nursing mothers—and soon we’ll have a playful spot for the youngest members of our military families to play and squirm after long days of travel.”