Community Organizations

Issue Areas:


Arts & Culture

Out North

Out North is a local Anchorage “contemporary art house” that is dedicated to being a catalyst for positive change in the community. Through facilitating artistic sharing and creativity between members of the Anchorage community, Out North seeks to make a difference in the lives of people present within our community through unique and dynamic methods. Check out Out North’s website to see how you can get involved!

 Identity, Inc.

Identity is a GLBTA Non-Profit Corporation that is working hard to create programs and support systems, specifically in the Anchorage area, to promote equality for all, regardless of sexual preference. Currently, they are hard at work producing research to legitimize the need for strengthening the resolved for pro-equality legislative action. See their website and become involved in imperative issue!

Anchorage's First Friday Art Walk Events

If you are looking for a fun way to explore the downtown area of the city, in addition to experiencing a wide array of local food, art, and music, head on downtown during the first friday of each month! Local restaurants, bars, and art galleries become host to local artists and musicians who then have the opportunity to share their work with members of the community.  


Community & Economic Development

Anchorage Community Land Trust

Anchorage Community Land Trust develops healthy, prosperous communities in Anchorage, Alaska by acquiring, developing, and planning for the land and projects necessary to bring about sustainable neighborhood revitalization and economic development. ACLT has worked to support a number of initiatives in Mountain View, including Art Walks, the Mountain View Street Fair, funding a music studio for the Boys and Girls Club, and working to rejuvenate exteriors of businesses in Mountain View.

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound is a Housing First, self-paced alcohol management program for chronically homeless individuals that began in 1997. The Homeward Bound program is a 25-bed transitional living facility located in Mountain View which houses and among other things provides counseling, skills classes, and case management to individuals interested in seeking a way out of homelessness. Homeward Bound has been operating in Mountain View since 1997 and has served over 375 individuals in that time.

Karluk Manor

Karluk Manor will be the first Housing First program for chronic inebriates in Anchorage. "A Housing First approach to homelessness differs from the traditional shelter-based response of homelessness by focusing on the root causes of homelessness rather than a reactionary response.... Housing First has been shown to increase the success rate of its residents for maintaining long-term housing and to reduce society's cost burden in providing services and emergency response to this population." Karluk Manor is scheduled to open its doors in mid-November, 2011.

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Youth Education & Development - Early to Middle

The Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club offers an engaging after-school environment youth to participate in fun social activities with their peers while avoiding delinquent behavior. Several programs are available for youth of all ages that promote basic life skills, job skills, and education assistance. Membership is low-cost, and scholarships or free registration are available at some clubhouses. To get involved with Boys and Girls Club Alaska, check out their volunteer or employment pages!


The YMCA is a nation-wide organization with a community center here in Anchorage. They offer a variety of youth-oriented programming including before and after school activities, athletics and games, as well as an annual summer camp, all of which provide opportunity to interact with other youth in the community. To get engaged with coaching or leading other activities at YMCA, check out their volunteer page!

United Way

United Way is a national organization that is involved locally with Anchorage’s community. Though they have several areas of focus, many of their initiatives are related to youth and education. Currently United Way is involved with several programs related to making sure younger youth are ready for elementary and middle school as well as achieving a 90% high school graduation rate by 2020. United Way Anchorage has also recently published their 2011 Community Assessment Project Report on Education, highlighting community perceptions of the issue area!


Youth Education & Transition to Young Adulthood


Tapestry is a program to provide students with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities a postsecondary college experience to develop self advocacy skills, engage in career exploration, and develop social skills that lead to employment in a career field or enrollment in a postsecondary educational program. Tapestry is regularly seeking motivated individuals who are interested in being a mentor for these students, as well as a practicum or intern student who would be interested in coordinating the program. To request an application to participate or volunteer, please visit Tapestry's website!

Take Wing Alaska

Take Wing Alaska is a mentor program designed to support Rural Alaskan students as they prepare to transition to college life. Take wing brings these students to UAA on an annual basis following their sophomore year of high school. While in Anchorage, students build relationships with their college mentors through activities such as attending Anchorage events together and shadowing their mentors for a day on campus.


Environment & Sustainability

Total Reclaim

Total Reclaim is an ethical recycler of computers, electronics, and appliances for the Pacific Northwest. They often partner with the university, offering free services to students and faculty during recycling events. Their services protect the environment and limit the liability of their customers.

Alaska Wildlife Alliance

Alaska Wildlife Alliance researches concerns that are threatening Alaskan wildlife and brings together members of the community to discuss the most effective solution. Once the solution is found, Alaska Wildlife Alliance educates the public and brings about awareness to the rest of the community. This knowledge encourages people to be conscious about their how their actions and decisions affects the environment in which they live

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action is a Youth Leadership Program for high school students across Alaska that encourages the youth to build skills and take actions on the environmental issues that they are concerned about. Youth are educated in project planning, community organizing, and political action. Their projects are throughout the school year.


REAP is a coalition of Alaska utilities, businesses, conservation and consumer groups, Alaska Native organizations, and municipal, state and federal organizations with a goal to develop Alaska’s renewable energy resources.

Green Star

Green Star is a non-profit organization in Anchorage that encourages businesses to use sustainable practices such as waste reduction, energy conservation and pollution prevention through education and technical assistance. Green Star also implements a voluntary “green business” certification program.


Food Security & Affordable Housing


Health & Mental Health

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center is taking important steps to improve your ability to access care when you need it with a provider and care team that understands your health and needs. The Fairview Dental Clinic provides comprehensive care to children and adults, and offer ANHC's sliding scale fee discount based on income for patients without insurance.

Dental Hygiene Clinic

The Dental Hygiene Clinic provides reduced cost dental care to staff, students and community members. As part of the Dental Hygiene program, students see patients under the supervision of a dentist from the Anchorage community. The Clinic is HIPAA compliant and maintains the highest level of infection control procedures for patient safety.

Services offered include: dental examinations, dental cleanings, x-rays, and sealants.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

ANTHC was created in December 1997 to manage statewide health services for Alaska Native people. All Alaska Natives, through their tribal governments and through their regional nonprofit organizations, own the Consortium. ANTHC's hospital is the flagship tertiary care institution of the Alaska Tribal Health System. It features the highest level Trauma Center in Alaska, specialty cancer care, brain surgery, neonatal intensive care and inpatient children's care.

Hospice of Anchorage

The Hospice of Anchorage helps meet the needs of individuals and families in the community with a life-limiting progressive illness.  They offer access to end of life and grief support to all with the goal of empowering, supporting and offering reassurance, practical tools and ideas. Hospice of Anchorage supports individuals and families in managing illness, loss and grief regardless of their ability to pay—there is no charge to families for any of the services provided. 

Check out their website for volunteer opportunities!


Immigrants & Refugees

Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services



The Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) program is housed within the Anchorage branch of Catholic Social Services. RAIS is the only federally funded resettlement program in Alaska. They are the first point of contact for immigrants and refugees resettled directly to the State of Alaska from their native land or resettling from another part of the US within their first 5 years in the country. Some of the services they provide include cultural training and support, housing assistance, case management, and employment assistance. Volunteers are always needed to assist with adjustment of new refugees arriving and financial or supply donations are welcome.
Alaska Immigration Justice Project

This non-profit organization is the only Alaska-based agency with a mission to provide low to no cost legal services to immigrants and refugees. They work with local attorneys and representatives to review court cases addressing citizenship, domestic violence, human trafficking, and asylum, among many other services. Their mission is to ensure the legal rights and needs of immigrants and refugees to the state of Alaska are being met.

Alaska Literacy Program

The Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) has a mission to bring basic literacy in the English language to all Alaskans. Since opening in 1974, ALP has helped thousands of immigrants, refugees, and US-born adults learn to read, write, and communicate in English. The center depends on volunteer tutors and teachers who donate their time to facilitate a variety of classes at different levels during 10 week sessions. In the past, ALP has welcomed UAA classes and students to participate in teaching and tutoring activities.

Anchorage Food Mosaic Project

Building community through our cultural foods one bite at a time.
This project works to share diverse cuisine with members of the Anchorage area community. Their blog and Facebook presences share new and unique ways of preparing food from a variety of cultures present in Alaska. Though their mission is food, they often partner with local agencies, such as Refugee Assistance and Immigration Program, to share international cuisine and awareness of tasty diversity right around the corner.

Safe Families & Safe Communities

Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC)

A.W.A.I.C is a safe place for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. They have a 24-hour crisis line (907-272-0100), offer legal advocacy, a shelter, food, clothing, and many other services to help empower women to redirect their lives on a desired path.

Volunteers at AWAIC can help raise awareness of domestic violence in the community, assist with court advocacy, answering the crisis line and help with children’s groups and much more. Groups and clubs can volunteer to help with fundraisers, providing wish list items and sort community donations. Contact Melissa at (907) 743-5715 or

Standing Together Against Rape (STAR)

S.T.A.R. is an organization that has been providing assistance to those affected by sexual assault for the past 30 years. They offer extensive services including a 24-hour crisis line (907-276-7273 or toll free: 1-800-478-8999) staffed by trained volunteers, advocates that walk participants through every step of reporting a sexual assault and connect people with many needed resources.S.T.A.R. volunteers can take a training course and answer the crisis line from their own home, help with planning and staffing many community events (e.g fundraisers, awareness activities, educational booths) throughout the year. You can fill out an online application or contact S.T.A.R. through their business line at (907) 276-7279.