A hearty Alaskan thanks to all of our supporters! Here are just a few examples of what the Lu Young Children's Fund (LYCF) does with the money you provide:
The Lu Young Children's Fund (LYCF) donated to three organizations that took on more than their normal workload supporting our most vulnerable communities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 threat. Our funds went to Bean’s Café to set up a shelter at the Sullivan Center; Covenant House for supplies to sanitize and keep their facility clean; and CampFire Alaska to set up two emergency shelters.
We encourage you to join us to support these and other organizations as they continue their efforts to help Alaska's native children stay safe during this on-going health crisis.
Learn more about Bean's Cafe and it's Children's Lunchbox program at www.beanscafe.org.
Learn more about Covenant House at www.covenanthouseak.org.
Learn more about CampFire Alaska at www.campfireak.org.
Camp Coho, a bereavement camp for children, was formed by LYCF in 2007 to provide a safe and comforting environment for the children of Alaska to express their grief and to share their feelings with other children with similar losses. We have hosted more than 50 children from many remote villages throughout Alaska.
ALASKA NATIVE TRIBAL HEALTH CONSORTIUM
LYCF provides assistance with mental health challenges, nurtures healthy child development, reduces the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing, and helps children understand the effects of suicide and how to cope.
In the past, the LYCF has partnered with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) resulting in aid to more than 150 families fighting cancer. Support has included donating gift cards to help with school
shopping, Christmas gifts for a village family that lost their father, travel for a mother and her six year old to be with her teen child who just received a terminal diagnosis, Easter baskets for a hospitalized mother with stomach cancer so she could surprise her children, and so much more.
CAMP FIRE ALASKA
For more than three years, the LYCF has partnered with Camp Fire Alaska to provide summer camp programs for youth in rural Alaska communities. This summer, Camp Fire visited 28 communities and served more than 2,000 youth with their program that teaches swimming and cold-water survival skills along with healthy life skills, creative arts, outdoor recreation, service projects, and community events.
HOSPICE OF ANCHORAGE
Hospice of Anchorage’s Camp Erin Anchorage is an annual weekend intensive grief camp for children ages 6 – 17 years. Camp Erin combines traditional fun camp activities with grief support and education led by grief professionals and trained volunteers with a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. LYCF works with Camp Erin to provide comfort and resources such as sleeping bags, flashlights, and journals to comfort the campers.
LYCF hosts a permanent bedroom at Covenant House in Anchorage, Alaska. Sixty-percent of the clients served by Covenant House are Native. With financial support from LYCF, Covenant House is better prepared to help children overcome abuse, homelessness, addiction, mental health issues and more.
HOPE COMMUNITY SERVICES
Congressman Don Young, representing LYCF, proudly presented a check for financial support and visited with residents of the Hope Community Services’ Willow Ranch, a non-profit organization providing community support to hundreds of individuals and families who experience intellectual and developmental
disabilities, traumatic brain injury and mental health challenges. This Alaska-based community supports people from infancy to the elderly from diverse ethnic backgrounds with a wide range of disabilities.