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Non-profits in Ketchikan

By Lisa Scarborough


May 26, 2015
Tuesday PM

Recently you may have read or heard about the cut in funding to local nonprofits in our community by the Ketchikan Borough Assembly. The funding these organizations and agencies get from our local government is funding used to leverage, I would venture to guess, in excess of 2-3 million dollars each year. The organization that I am involved with, Love In Action, brings in around $125,000 in other grant funds each year alone. These organizations do wonderful work for your friends, family and neighbors throughout the year, whether elderly, disabled or just having trouble putting enough food on the table - services of all different kinds are provided by caring community involved residents. If you know of someone who fits these categories or you are someone who fits in these categories, I would ask you to consider speaking up and letting your government know that the needs are real. The borough is concerned with economic development and I would say that healthy, secure and sustainable families and individuals contribute to a healthy economic community because they work, shop and live in this community.

We are all striving to serve as many people as we can through the varied services that we provide, we all have criteria, processes and limitations, but that does not affect the impact that nonprofits have on our community. The more funding available the more people employed and the more services available. Each of us has challenges, clients who may not fit our programs, people who don't appreciate that we have processes that have to be maintained for services to be provided or just not being able to do what is asked of us, but the reality is that these organizations and agencies are here in our midst because there is a need and there was a vision that was capitalized on by passionate, committed volunteers.

Lisa Scarborough
Love In Action Director
Ketchikan, Alaska


About: "I am 25 year Ketchikan resident working in the non-profit sector."

Received May 22, 2015 - Published May 26, 2015


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