The Charities


Apply to Be Considered for the 2020 Anchorage Mayor’s Charity Ball! Download the application here and submit per the application instructions by November 9th, 2019.

Our mission is to feed hungry children in safe community environments.

In 2000, the Food Bank of Alaska recognized the problem of the quickly growing number of hungry children in Anchorage and gathered community leaders and organizations to address the problem. In 2004, Bean’s Cafe’s board of directors formed a new nonprofit, Kid’s Cafe, and began providing snacks and meals to local community programs. In 2006, Kid’s Cafe officially merged with Bean’s Cafe and was reborn as the program now known as The Children’s Lunchbox.

In 2009, The Children’s Lunchbox introduced a weekend food program at Mt. View Elementary – and since then has grown to include eight Title I elementary schools in Anchorage. New sites are added regularly as we work to feed every hungry child in our community.

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The mission of Alaska Literacy Program is to change lives through literacy. Since 1974, ALP has been providing literacy services to Anchorage residents and other parts of the state. ALP recruits, trains, certifies and supports volunteer teachers who work in a classroom setting teaching reading, writing and speaking English to adults. ALP provides year-round programs for adults and families with young children, concentrating on those most in need: the beginning learners in reading and English. It is the philosophy of Alaska Literacy Program that adults have the right to be free from the burden of illiteracy – free to function as independent, productive citizens.

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Alaska Literacy Program

The Arc of Anchorage, founded in 1957, provides services and programs to over 350 Alaskans who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. From housing, job training and employment opportunities, health care, behavioral health services, an afterschool program for youth, recreation services, life skills, foster family support and more, The Arc meets the unique needs of every person with quality care and support. Our mission at The Arc of Anchorage is to celebrate the potential of people who experience disabilities.

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The Arc of Anchorage

Pulse Dance Company is Alaska’s professional dance company with the mission
of community enrichment through dance. The company is dedicated to the
creation and performance of thought-provoking dance works by local and
international choreographers. Pulse forges deeper connections between
artists and audiences through the presentation, conversation, and education
of dance to both new and experienced viewers. Outreach programs include a
community-cast production of *Nutcracker Redux*, artist-in-residence
programs, free classes for the Anchorage community, and affordable annual
dance concerts. The company aims to make artful, innovative dance
experiences an important part of Anchorage arts and culture while providing
local dancers with continued opportunities.

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PULSE Dance Company