Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association Inc.

Contact Information

1131 E Intl Airport Rd
Anchorage, AK 99518 - 1408
(907) 276-2700
FY 2015 RSVP Competition

Executive Summary

Need

The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (APIA) Elders program currently serves individuals from the communities of St. Paul, St. George, Unalaska, Atka and Nikolski; this includes a significant number of Elders that relocate to the Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna areas due to health issues, high cost of living and other challenges that come with living in rural Alaska. Currently, APIA employs a 1.0 FTE Elder Program Coordinator to serve this population; services include case management and hosting social events for Elders to visit with one another in efforts help maintain a high quality and meaningful life in the Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna areas. Alaska Native people encompass startling disproportionate rates of psychological distress and behavioral health issues when compared to all other ethnic groups. Research has identified historical trauma as arguably the primary root of psychological distress and addictive behaviors, such as alcohol abuse, among Alaska Native people today. Moreover, APIA recognizes their Elder population as a vulnerable and underserved group with behavioral health needs. Furthermore, a special focus has been to engage Elders in social activities and opportunities that may assist with decreasing instances of depression, loneliness and low self-worth. Such activities may provide Elders with opportunities to feel connected and give back to others promoting continued purpose in life.

Project Plan

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program funds will be utilized to support Elders by engaging entities in the community to promote giving back, utilize acquired skills, feel connected, enhance the community, feel accomplished, maintain a high quality of life, serve others and address community needs. A special emphasis will be based on Healthy Futures; An estimated 290 RSVP volunteers will serve under this grant opportunity. Activities may include: a) Educational assisting youth with culture camps, participating in youth activities and mentoring; b) Healthy Futures assisting Elders to access health care, companionship and visiting; and c) Economic Opportunity assisting individuals towards financially independent goals. At the completion of the three-year grant, we anticipate that Senior's will age in place and their quality of life will have been enriched due to the companionship offered through the RSVP volunteers program. We anticipate that youth will be more connected with the Elders through education, assistance and mentorship. We anticipate that other Elders will have moved towards financial independence, employment and independent housing. Finally, we anticipate that those receiving assistance from shelters will be in a less critical state. Ultimately, this funding opportunity will promote the coordination of a volunteer program engaging other entities in the Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna areas with its primary purpose to serve Elders.

Funding Request

APIA is requesting a total of $75,503.00 to staff a 1.0 FTE Elder Volunteer Project Assistant. This position is expected to be responsible for the administrative duties of the program; to act as a sponsor station to other volunteer stations in the area; to support the Elder volunteers with transportation reimbursements to volunteer assignments, orientation and training reimbursements and meal reimbursement for volunteers; and to provide quarterly recognition for service and coordinate with other volunteer stations. This funding source will also allow APIA to expand services to the 55 years or older, Elder populations.

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