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CU1 at the Mobile Food Pantry

Posted by Aaron on Jul 17, 2014 2:11:58 PM

Yesterday, team CU1 was at it again – volunteering to make our Alaskan community a better place to live! We helped distribute food from the mobile food pantry sponsored by the Food Bank of Alaska to the residents of Chickaloon Landing.

Chickaloon Landing is a Cook Inlet Housing Authority rental community for seniors or persons with disabilities. We arrived about 30 minutes prior to the “opening” of the pantry and had a chance to meet the residents waiting in the already-growing line. We chatted about the weather (it was a beautiful warm day), learned a bit about their life history, their families and some of the great things Chickaloon Landing does for their residents. Residents go on outings four times a week, have weekday lunches sponsored by the Salvation Army, and of course the monthly food pantry. Their excitement was evident – not only for the food pantry, but also for the chance to interact with new, smiling faces. At CU1, we’re pretty good at providing those!

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Topics: Giving Back

Paint the Town

Posted by Aaron on Jun 18, 2014 3:55:00 PM

This past Monday, I was honored to be a part of an ongoing NeighborWorks project, Patriot Square. Patriot Square is a five-plex property in the Muldoon area that will provide stable housing for previously homeless veterans. The homeless aren’t always what we imagine them to be – they can easily be our friends, our coworkers, or in this case, those who selflessly served our country. I personally can’t imagine leaving the service only to struggle with finding something as basic as a roof over my head.


The building was recently purchased by NeighborWorks and was in need of a fresh coat of paint. They’ve been busy renovating the units, but the outside still needed a little TLC. When I arrived on Monday morning, I joined an army of other volunteers – some from Home Depot, some from the Office of Lisa Murkowski, and some from our very own Credit Union 1! I was stunned by the sheer number of volunteers and the positive energy radiating from the group. Very quickly the windows were being taped off, tarps were being laid on the ground, ladders were filling with people ready to paint, and the air compressors were droning away. We were ready! Some volunteers were up on a lift spraying the upper levels, some were on the ground using rollers to paint the lowers levels, some were doing detailed trim work and some were 
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Topics: Giving Back