On behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, I want to thank the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation, for their continued generosity and support.

CVCF provided BBBS with a grant that made it possible for me to purchase activities for matches. I was able to stock (and re-stock) a tote at the school office for school-based matches and purchase a fly fishing rod for a youth who learned to tie flies but didn’t own a rod. I also purchased Legos and art kits for matches to provide interactive indoor activity options for matches over the winter months. I was able to provide an artistic match with watercolors, colored pencils and sketch books, too. 

I recently hosted a pizza party with funds to provide a group activity for all matches to gather and celebrate together. We made 10 matches at Haines Elementary School in 2023, the only school-based program in the state of Alaska! 

I was intentional in making sure that all CVCF funds were spent at local businesses. CVCF is an inspired community of givers investing in the future of a happy and healthy Chilkat Valley and it was important to me that BBBS honored that by keeping funds in Haines.

To enroll in the local program please visit www.bbbsak.org 

Sarah Elliott, BBBS of Alaska