We’d like to give our highest gratitude to the Alaska Chapter of the Awesome Foundation for supporting Homer’s own Youth On Record Alaska (YORAK) program with a $1,000 check last week to buy two new laptops which puts the best equipment out there in the hands of teens. The application was so user-friendly and the quick turn-around was impressive. We’re so happy to be selected as a program which others believe in as much as we do.
Recently we had a friend visit from Rotary Club of Downtown Homer to drop off some holiday treats for teens at the R.E.C. Room and to check in on what young people are needing right now. I mentioned that we’re getting short on taxi vouchers which help alleviate the stress that transportation can cause for those who cannot drive, are low on funds, do not have their own car, or could just use some help from time to time accessing programs, appointments, meetings, job interviews or whatever comes up in the busy lives of teens.
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust would like to thank the Willow Fund and the Cottonwood Fund, donor-advised funds through the Homer Foundation, for the grant support we received supporting our work with The Foraker Group. The focus of this important work, Building on Our Needs, was to create a new strategic plan, business plan, as well as fund development and marketing and communications plans. The funds received were a match for the Land Trust Alliance’s grant program. These new plans will guide us as we move forward, continuing to protect special places on the Kenai Peninsula — forever.
I would like to express my heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us last Saturday evening for the Scandinavian dinner. It was very well attended and the food was delicious, even the lutefisk.
The first Family Christmas movies event at Homer Theater on Dec. 8 was a big success. Thanks to Colleen and the crew at Homer Theater and sponsored by Reliable Comfort Insulation, who’s wife, another Colleen, came up with the idea. Lots of people showed up with kids, in spite of chilly weather, and all had fun watching classic holiday cartoons.
Also, thanks to the donated door prizes. Let’s make this an annual Christmas event. You can’t pass up free movies — especially with kids.
“Uncle Wes” Schacht
I often hear how this “whack a mole” world is simply overwhelming and I completely understand and relate. There is so much to do and, as one person, with limited time and resources, it often feels like we are but a drop in an ocean. There are, however, a couple of simple things that we all can do to stand against the overwhelming political and corporate machine that seems to be coming at us at times like a tsunami.
With the results of the recent election, I hope and pray that draining the swamp will help make America great again. We Alaskans have some very dirty water in our muskeg and we need to let our elected officials know that they will have to work diligently and across party lines to save our state from the financial crisis we are in.