On March 17, 2020, Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) launched the Sitka Mutual Aid Network, an initiative intended to build community resilience, fight food insecurity and strengthen our connections to one another in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. While all of us have been affected by this public health crisis in one way or another, we know many people have been and continue to be disproportionately impacted by the virus and the measures required to slow its spread. Sitka Mutual Aid is one way to show solidarity and practice community care in the face of these diverse experiences.
Sitka Mutual Aid primarily serve people experiencing food insecurity, those with financial need, people in quarantine, people in self-isolation, and people at high-risk for COVID-19.
Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Your community is here for you! The Sitka Mutual Aid Network is currently providing the following services:
The USDA Farmers to Families program is a national COVID-19 relief effort meant to prevent hunger and benefit agricultural food producers. Sitka Mutual Aid is offering weekly home delivery of the food boxes to people experiencing food insecurity who do not have access to food boxes through another agency. Participants can choose how often they receive deliveries.
Sitka Mutual Aid is enrolling households in the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association's Seafood Donation Program. Households are contacted on a rolling basis to receive frozen local seafood at no cost.
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Since March 2020, Sitka Mutual Aid has completed a variety of food security and community care initiatives. These activities may restart as resources allow. Check out our Annual Report for details on the impact the Sitka Mutual Aid community has created together.
Grocery gift card program
Help running errands
Bulk grocery distributions
Special deliveries of donated goods
Support for the Alaska Native Brotherhood & Alaska Native Sisterhood Holiday Dinners
Is there something else you need? Let us know! There may be a volunteer who can help.
Want to support the network?
Sign up to volunteer! We need folks to provide no-contact deliveries, to support special events and to help with socially-distanced home tasks.
Donate to Sitka Mutual Aid! We use community contributions to provide direct assistance to food insecure households in Sitka. Checks can also be accepted at Sitka Conservation Society, attention: Sitka Mutual Aid, 201 Lincoln Street Room 4, Sitka, AK 99835.
More Ways to Help
Donate to organizations providing food or housing support
The Salvation Army, 747-4519
The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Food Pantry, 747-3207
The SAFV Shelter, 747-3370
The Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association Seafood Donation Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Homeless Coalition, email@example.com
The City of Sitka Utility Support Program, 747-1818
Support local business
Visit the KCAW Coronavirus Information Hub for updates on business closures and services.
Don’t need anything yourself, but want to support a business? Send a meal, supplies or a treat to a neighbor or a group of essential workers
Practice good social distancing to protect essential workers! Curbside pick-up, delivery service, and wearing a mask are all great options.
Check in with your neighbors and friends, especially the elderly or home-bound
Call or use social media to ask how folks are doing and see if they need anything:
Help with errands
Access to information
Connections to service providers
Drop off an encouraging note on a doorstep or some basic necessities
Stay healthy and safe!
Follow the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services guidance to stay home to save lives
Check out these resources for coping with stress and getting support for mental and emotional well-being
Reach out to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium if you have concerns or questions about your health in relation to COVID-19, 966-2411
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With Gratitude for our Community
Sitka Mutual Aid is truly a community effort. Every connection made and every resource shared is thanks to the cooperative efforts of neighbors, from those who communicated their needs to those who volunteered their time, donated money or goods, shared information and advocated for this undertaking to those who did all of the above.
SCS and Sitka Mutual Aid express our profound thanks to all those people who have supported this work as partners, donors, volunteers and participants. You make Sitka a wonderful place and we are grateful to be in community with you.
130+ Individual Donors
Alaska Community Foundation
Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association
Alaska Native Brotherhood
Alaska Native Sisterhood
City & Borough of Sitka
Highliner Coffee Co.
Hook Line & Bobbin
Island Bus Company
Jerrod Galanin - Artist
Old Harbor Books
Our Town Catering
Seafood Producers Cooperative
SeaMart Quality Foods
Sitka Bulk Goods
Sitka Elks Lodge #1662
Sitka Fine Arts Camp
Sitka Food Co-op
Sitka Homelessness Coalition
Sitka Salmon Shares
Sitka Sound Science Center
Sitka Tribe of Alaska
Southeast Dough Co.
St. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church
Trinity Business Services
University of Alaska Sitka
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