United Way of Mat-Su hosts, in collaboration with our community partners, several major community programs annually. Embodying the spirit of Living United means preparing our Valley students to feel their best on the first day of school; connecting those experiencing homelessness with needed services; encouraging local youth to get out and move. Read below for more!
Project Homeless Connect
Project Homeless Connect is a collaborative effort between agencies who are members of the Mat-Su Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, and the community. Held annually in January, this event becomes a one-stop day of hospitality, resource-sharing and access to services for those experiencing homelessness, who are Mat-Su Borough residents. Services may include foot care, a hot meal, distribution of personal hygiene items, and access to assistance locating and communicating with family members.
For more information on this year’s Project Homeless Connect, please contact Becky Stoppa at (907)745-5827.
Day of Action: Stuff the Bus
We are committed to making sure our local students look and feel their best for their first day of school! Every year, Valley students with proof of enrollment in an MSBSD school can visit the Curtis D. Menard Center to choose a new backpack, school supplies, a gently-used outfit, and vaccinations.
This event wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of countless dedicated volunteers from around the Valley, and the generous contributions of our sponsors, as well as donations from community members. Thank you!
Play60 with the Seattle Seahawks
Play60 is a national program in partnership with the NFL to encourage our youth to get out and move for 60 minutes each day.
Every summer, Valley youth ages 6-14 are invited to attend this free day camp, where they are able to try sports and activities that they may not have tried before. Stations may include soccer, floor hockey, dance/movement, yoga, and of course, football!
The highlight of the day comes when players from the Seattle Seahawks meet and greet each youth.