Warren Russell, chair of the Board of Directors for United Way of Southeast Alaska speaks at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Warren Russell, chair of the Board of Directors for United Way of Southeast Alaska speaks at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Empire Live: United Way at the Chamber Luncheon

What United Way does around Juneau

Summary: The United Way of Southeast Alaska works with social service organizations across the city and urges people to get involved.

A member of the audience tells the room how United Way volunteers were able to help with landscaping at the elder home where she works.

12:50 p.m.

Warren Russell, chair of the Board of Directors for United Way of Southeast Alaska, urges the audience to get involved in any number of ways. Donations, volunteering or inviting UW representatives into their workplace to give co-workers an idea of what the organization does.

12:45 p.m.

Stevens says that he is deeply troubled by the amount of children living with food insecurity in Juneau and the U.S.

“It bothers me,” he says. “But we’re going to figure it out.”

Another area United Way focuses on is food security, or being sure that a person has enough food to eat each day.

Food insecurity can cause long-term issues, particularly for young children, Stevens says. He says that Juneau’s food bank distributed thousands of pounds of food donated by the community, including the local supermarkets like Safeway and Fred Meyer.

United Way is working on the universal breakfast program which ensures that every student receives a breakfast every day.

12:34 p.m.

Stevens is giving background on AmeriCorps, a organization with roots in the Peace Corps, he says.

AmeriCorps members are volunteers who serve up to nine months in public service. Locally, Americorp has nine volunteers working across Juneau in various public service organizations.

“Working toward putting us all out of business, in the social services industry,” Stevens says.

One of the AmeriCorps volunteers is working with United Way in Juneau.

12:27 p.m.

Wayne Stevens, President and CEO of United Way of Southeast Alaska, is giving a talk at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about United Way’s work in the community.

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