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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2002

Food bank awarded grant money

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank was one of two Alaska agencies to receive grant money from MAZON, a nonprofit organization that allocates donations from the Jewish community to prevent and alleviate hunger across the country. The food bank received a $10,000 grant to support its nutrition education program.

The Abused Women's Aid in Crisis in Anchorage also received $8,000 to help provide food for families affected by domestic violence.

Native Celebration needs volunteers

Sealaska Heritage Institute is seeking more volunteers for Celebration 2002, the largest Native cultural event in Southeast Alaska.

Many volunteer positions are still open for the three-day festival, scheduled June 6 to 8 in Juneau. Volunteers who work a minimum of four hours will get a free, one-day pass to attend any of the Native dance performances or to enter the Native Artist Market and the Juried Art Show opening June 5 at the State Museum.

Celebration has been held in Juneau every two years since 1982 to honor the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures. But it depends on volunteers to make it happen.

People who want to volunteer may sign up with Don Bremner at 586-9261 or don.bremner@sealaska.com.

KCHS plans retirement celebration

Kenai Central High School will host a retirement celebration for KCHS vice principal Hank Overturf and department chairperson Kathe Smith. The reception will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the school library. The public is welcome to attend.

MDA camp seeks volunteer counselors

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is accepting applications from people willing to volunteer as counselors at the MDA summer camp Aug. 3 to 9 at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak.

Counselors serve as companions to campers, ranging in age from 6 to 21, who are affected by neuromuscular diseases. Counselors assist campers with activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing and dressing an help them enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing and horseback riding.

Applicants must be at least 16 and able to lift a child.

The MDA will host summer camps for more than 4,000 youth at more than 70 sites across the country. Camp is free for families served by MDA.

MDA is a voluntary health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases affecting more than a million Americans.

For more information, call the Anchorage MDA office at (907) 276-2131 or toll free at (800) 478-5683. Information about MDA research advances, programs and other services is is available on-line at www.mdausa.org.



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