"Much credit is due the volunteers and professionals who dedicate their talents to non-profit endeavors. Everyone in the state benefits from their hard work. In the tradition of Alaskans, the Rasmuson Foundation is glad to lend a hand."
- Elmer Rasmuson
Alaskan nonprofit organizations serve all Alaskans. In doing so, they help shape and improve the quality of life for both our state and our communities. The following Alaskan voices serve as a testament to the power of Alaskan nonprofits and the communities which they serve.
Cup'aq rides on her mother's back
Down the slippery boardwalk
Past the curled and snoozing sled dogs
towards her head start on life
Let me tell you about this pond,
now hemmed by highway and houses:
of late summer swims and sun-splashed picnics,
of moose grazing waters so clear that fish
and fisherman watched each other. (Full Story)
"This is Alaska. You can do everything," she sings. Pony-tailed Maria, her black eyes shining, is pretend-reading to her pretend-audience in the waiting room of the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. Only six, she holds out her book about dinosaurs to show off illustrations, keeping up a steady banter. "You brush your teeth…shush shush shush. You brush your teeth each morning." She makes the most of this waiting time on a rainy October evening. It's quiet except for three young women softly talking over the hum of a heater and distant fax machine. While Maria and her father wait, she entertains her imaginary group, and he leafs through a picture book of purple and hot pink dinosaurs just like hers.(Full Story)
We can only hope so. (Full Story)
The harbor is silted. Boats brood but do not plow the sea.
The airport proclaims itself the hub but is merely abided
by the blinded who flock to lodges or liquor, and never be.
It has been around since I was in elementary school. 25 years. (Full Story)
I bought my first telescope, a Unitron 2.4 inch refractor for about $120 back in the early 1960s. As a struggling college student at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin, I had to pay it off in twelve installments. It survived the long trip to Barrow in 1985 and has been my basic scope for arctic stargazing ever since.(Full Story)
PROLOGUE was created organically, just as Perseverance Theatre was created through a grass-roots effort led by Molly Smith in 1979. The Playwright is mentoring the Student, explaining the process of developing the VOYAGE, a new play which is minutes from starting rehearsals. The Student explores the physical space just as s/he explores the origins of Perseverance. (Full Story)
"The blessed will not care what angle they are
regarded from having nothing to hide."
Somehow I think when the Kennedys have to go to court
on a beach of stones
linked through you to all the rest"
When I first moved to Alaska, my first reaction on learning we lacked citywide recycling pickups was not concern. It was relief at having an excuse not to sort my trash. (Full Story)