Our Work at the United Way of the Tanana Valley


Community Impact
Every year, on behalf of our donors, United Way of the Tanana Valley's Board of Directors allocates funds received to member agencies. In 2012, the Board of Directors allocated $524,541 to member agencies:




Volunteer Center
The Volunteer Action Center (VAC), a program of United Way of the Tanana Valley, serves as a community resource matching the skills and interests of local volunteers with the needs of nonprofit agencies providing services in the Tanana Valley.

Another valuable publication available through the Volunteer Action Center is the Legal Volunteer Handbook.


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Week of Caring
Week of Caring mobilizes volunteers from the business community to work on projects with health and human care agencies. Employers are encouraged to release employees from regular duties for a 4 to 6 hour time period to participate in the event.

Agencies submit applications with project specifications and numbers of volunteers needed. These projects are matched with interested employee volunteer groups who have the time and talents needed to complete the projects.

Week of Caring occurs in the beginning of July every year. For more information call 452-7211.


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Alaska Combined Federal Campaign
The Alaska Combined Federal Campaign is an opportunity for Federal employees to contribute to non-profit organizations.


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SHARE Campaign
The SHARE Campaign is the Alaska state employee's charitable giving program.


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COMPASS II
What is COMPASS II?
COMPASS IIĀ® is a collaborative needs-assessment system used by communities nation-wide to help identify their own community's strengths and areas of potential growth and development.

All communities, like the individuals who live in them, need a direction in order to better themselves. As the old saying goes, "how will we know if we're there, if we don't know where we're going?"

Building a stronger community is at the heart of COMPASS II. Spearheaded by United Way of the Tanana Valley, it required the participation of a diverse group of individuals, organizations and government agencies throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Click here to read more about COMPASS II


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Services for Individuals and Families
United Way funds 20 health and human service agencies providing services and community programs addressing a broad spectrum of needs at the individual level. These services are the foundation of a strong community. They help children and youth achieve their potential, guide families to financial stability, improve people's health, and lead to self-sufficient lives and a better community.


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Providing Leadership
United Way provides leadership to the charitable sector of our community to develop measurable outcomes for their services. Our most important goals are to see tangible results for community investment and to make lasting changes in our own community.


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FamilyWize
Distributed through United Way of the Tanana Valley, the FamilyWize card lowers the cost of medicine by an average of 30% or more for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. It's easy. It's just like a coupon you can keep using every time you need to fill a prescription. All you have to do is present a FamilyWize card at a local pharmacy to get the savings.


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Friends in Need
Found in the Sunday edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and online at http://www.newsminer.com, the Friends in Need column includes various volunteer opportunities in the Tanana Valley.


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Clean-up Day
Coordinated by United Way of the Tanana Valley Greenstar, Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Clean-up Day is a community-wide effort to "clean-up" Fairbanks and surrounding areas. Thousands of volunteers come together to pick up trash along highways and in neighborhoods. This is an annual event that takes place the first Saturday of May (weather permitting).


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MSR & scholarships
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Midnight Sun Run is a uniquely Alaskan 10k running race that attracts participants from all over the country. This year's race will be held on June 22, 2013 at 10:00p.m. Despite its late evening start, there's no need to bring flashlights, as the summer solstice sun shines brightly in the skies above, from start to finish and beyond. In recent years, the race has attracted over 3,500 participants, from the elite runners who are aiming to cross the finish line first, to back-of-the-pack strollers simply out to have a good time. Proceeds from this event benefit the United Way of the Tanana Valley, as well as six track and field/running student athletes who will receive scholarships.


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Philanthropy
Philanthropy is about giving of yourself, whether it is with money or your time. United Way of the Tanana Valley is committed to growing philanthropy in the Tanana Valley. Through our annual fundraising campaign and Volunteer Action Center, United Way works to provide financial stability and promote volunteerism for our 20 member agencies, among the hundreds of other non-profit organizations in the area.


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