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Our community is truly united

Posted: Friday, March 23, 2007

You can tell a lot about a community by the way it supports nonprofit agencies. Having said that, we are lucky to be living in the Kenai Peninsula Borough where the residents’ generosity knows no boundaries.

Each year the Kenai Peninsula United Way conducts an annual campaign drive to collect donated dollars from residents and businesses that live and work on the Kenai Peninsula. The 2006 campaign theme was “Investing in your community,” and the campaign goal was $600,000. The “Investing in you community” message came through loud and clear. The 2006 campaign, which ends next month on April 15, will exceed $800,000 in donations, a new record for KPUW.

The word is getting out that over 99 percent of KPUW funds stay right here on the Kenai Peninsula. The campaign chair, campaign cabinet members and employee campaign coordinators all volunteer hundreds of hours to assist KPUW with their fundraising efforts.

After the campaign drive is completed the funds raised are allocated to 26 Kenai Peninsula member agencies. The 26 agencies are: American Red Cross (Kenai Branch); Kenai Peninsula Food Bank; The Salvation Army-Kenai; Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center; SeaView Community Services; South Peninsula Haven House; The LeeShore Center; Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic; Hospice of the Central Peninsula; Hospice of Homer; Forget-Me-Not Care Center; Frontier Community Services; Homer Children’s Services; Friendship Center Adult Day Services; South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services; Kenai Senior Citizens Center; Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center; Seward Senior Citizens Center; Soldotna Senior Citizens Center; Sterling Senior Center; Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula; Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; Kenai Civil Air Patrol Cadets and the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court.

All 26 of these agencies are important to a different segment of our population and each of them add value to the quality of life we enjoy on the peninsula.

The 2006 campaign demonstrates that we on the Kenai Peninsula truly believe that united we stand.



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