Service groups’ partnerships stand the test of time
The local Lions Clubs have a long history of helping non-profits in our community. Some of those organizations have been partners with our clubs for many years. One organization in particular is Hope Community Resources, Inc. (Hope). Hope is a non-profit organization that provides services and supports to Alaskans who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hope has been around since 1968, serving our community and many others state-wide.
One of our first joint projects was volunteering to decorate, cook and serve at their annual agency Christmas Party. At the time, they were a small organization and it was a wonderful opportunity to interact with the individuals they supported and meet their families. These experiences are always heartwarming for our members.
Wanting more involvement with Hope, the club took over coordinating their annual Eagle River Walk & Roll for Hope, which began back in the Eagle River Valley and finished at Chugiak High School in the early 80’s. In its hay day, over 800 community members participated and all of the local service organizations were involved in the logistics of this community event. Of course with growth and progress, the route was no longer viable and in late 90’s the Eagle River event went away. It was sad to see it disappear, as it was truly a community effort.
Not wanting to loose the relationships we’d built with Hope, we transferred our energies to their annual auction; providing food and volunteers for the event. It has become a favorite event of the clubs, especially knowing that we have a hand in raising funds for their recreation programs and their endowment fund.
There are so many families in our community who have a family member who experiences an intellectual or developmental disability, and the need continues to grow. Lions Clubs supports organizations such as Hope because we know that they can make a positive difference in the life of some who experiences a disability.
You too can help make a difference by supporting their upcoming annual Hope Auction, which will take place on Saturday, October 8 at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. More information about tickets and the event can be found at www.hopealaska.org. We hope that you will take the opportunity to come out and support a long time partner of ours, and a local non-profit that is truly making a difference right here in our community.
For more information on Lions visit www.sleepingladylionsclub.org or call Amy at 301-9179.