United Way of Mat-Su, along with many community partners, encourages Mat-Su residents to participate in connecting with their friends and neighbors, and in making the Valley a safer place by connecting with one of these upcoming events:

Do you have unused, expired medications in need of disposal? Spring Drug Take-Back Day is April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prescription medications, over-the-counter medicine, and antibiotics may be dropped off at any of the following locations for safe disposal the Fred Meyer pharmacy in Palmer and Wasilla, and the Sunshine Community Health Clinic in Talkeetna.

Help keep our community safe by preventing harmful drugs from entering our waterways, and prevent substance misuse. (Please note that we cannot accept medical sharps or medical waste.) Questions? Contact Becky Stoppa at (907)745-5827 or impact@unitedwaymatsu.org

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Annually, United Way of Mat-Su connects local nonprofits with caring community volunteers to accomplish tasks that might otherwise go undone. This year, we have extended our efforts into a Week of Caring 2019, to take place around the Valley from May 20-May 24. We will coordinate groups of volunteers to complete projects for local charitable organizations needing assistance during these dates. If you are a Valley nonprofit in need of help, please send us your contact information, preferred date, and a description of your project or needs. If you are interested in volunteering, including as a business or corporate group, please send us your contact information, your interests, and a list of any special skills or needs. Requests for Week of Caring may be submitted to Nick Jenkins at give@unitedwaymatsu.org

Registration for this year’s Play60 Challenge with the Seattle Seahawks will open on April 9! Valley youth ages 6-13 are invited to attend this popular activity day, meet new friends, and try a new sport. This event costs $10 per youth, but registration is limited to the first 300 applicants, so don’t wait! Lunch will be provided, and youth are encouraged to wear clean shoes with non-marking soles and comfortable clothes to get active in. Play60 will be held at the Menard Center on Thursday, June 27. Applications may be submitted via the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers website at www.matsuseahawkers.org

Questions? Please contact Nick Jenkins at (907)745-5822. Volunteers are welcome!

Tickets for Wednesday Night Football with players from the Seattle Seahawks are now on sale! Join us for a tailgate-style dinner and auction fundraiser, Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30-8:30pm, at the Palmer Elks Lodge. Meet and greet players from the Seattle Seahawks, with special appearance by Blitz the Seahawk. Bid on a wide array of amazing auction items, including autographed swag, VIP game day package, and Alaska Airlines tickets! All proceeds benefit both the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers and United Way of Mat-Su’s youth programs in the Valley. To purchase tickets, text Seahawks to 41444. Questions? Please call Michele Harmeling at (907)745-5824 or email admin@unitedwaymatsu.org

Did you know that the Early Childhood Partnership of Mat-Su now offers FREE workshops in ACEs, Hope & Resilience? ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) affect nearly two-thirds of adults, but there is always hope! This course is designed to be an overview of ACEs, brain science, and the science of hope and resiliency, for individuals, small groups, or groups of childcare staff. CEUs may be available upon request. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your location or group, please contact the Early Childhood Partnership at (907)745-5824 or admin@unitedwaymatsu.org

The deadline to apply for earthquake disaster relief assistance through FEMA has been extended. You may submit your application until May 13, 2019. Applications can be complete via one of the following methods:

• By calling the Disaster Assistance Hotline at (800)621-3362

• Via the portal at www.disasterassistance.gov

• By visiting the Wasilla Disaster Recovery Center, Christ First United Methodist Church, 5137 W. Fairview Lp, Wasilla

You MUST note the date of incident as November 30, 2018 in order for your application to be considered.

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