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Sitka Mutual Aid

Neighbors taking care of neighbors in the face of COVID-19
 

Our Purpose

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.

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Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Your community is here for you! The Sitka Mutual Aid Network is currently providing the following services:

 

USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Deliveries

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.

Enrollment in ALFA's Seafood Donation Program

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.

 

COMING SOON Monthly Restaurant Dinners

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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.

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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.

 

If you have goods or services you would like to donate through the Sitka Mutual Aid Network, please contact sitkamutualaid@sitkawild.org or call 907-747-7509.

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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, asft.director@gmail.com

  • The Homeless Coalition, sitkahc@gmail.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!

 
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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

75+ Volunteers

AC Lakeside

Alaska Community Foundation

Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association

Alaska Native Brotherhood

Alaska Native Sisterhood

Alaska Tokens

Backdoor Cafe

Beak Restaurant

City & Borough of Sitka

First Bank

Graceful Pastries

Highliner Coffee Co.

Hook Line & Bobbin

Island Bus Company

Jerrod Galanin - Artist

Mean Queen

Old Harbor Books

Organic Alaska

Our Town Catering

Sealaska

Seafood Producers Cooperative

SeaMart Quality Foods

Shee Atiká

Sitka Bulk Goods

Sitka Elks Lodge #1662

Sitka Fine Arts Camp

Sitka Food Co-op

Sitka Homelessness Coalition

Sitka Kitch

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

White’s Pharmacy

Woven in the Waves

 
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Contact Sitka Mutual Aid

 
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