Alaskans have always been resilient. Be it dangerously inhospitable weather, geographic isolation, and most recently, the 2018 earthquake—we have always overcome adversities sent our way by banding together.
As a community, we have stayed strong.
As a community, we have rebuilt and repaired.
As a community, we have answered the call to help those in need.
We are now faced with adversity in the form of a global pandemic as COVID-19 impacts communities like ours around the world. As Alaskans, we will continue to act as we always have—coming together, bringing care and compassion, and doing everything we can to protect, support, and rebuild our community.
These are difficult times for all of us as we navigate drastic changes in our daily lives and the devastating impacts of COVID-19, but we can make a difference as a collective. At Pride Foundation, we have focused and prioritized our efforts toward responding to these changes, further investing in community care, justice for disproportionately impacted community groups, and our continued mission to advance equity for all LGBTQ+ people in the Pacific Northwest.
It is with this in mind that Pride Foundation created the Crisis Community Care fund as part of our response efforts and our dedication to building a system of support for those fighting for LGBTQ+ equity in Alaska in this time of crisis.
Along with a portion of our discretionary resources, we recognize the critical need for community support in the coming weeks and months. Through our dedicated network of individual, corporate, and institutional supporters, we can continue to support Alaskan LGBTQ+ community groups and organizations who are responding to this crisis, in any way we can.
It is as your fellow Alaskan that I call on Alaskans today to continue supporting our community as we respond to a growing crisis. As a community, we will continue to stay strong and overcome the adversity in front of us. We can continue to support each other as we respond to this growing crisis. We can continue to create open dialogue and voice the wants and needs and dreams of our community. We can continue to advance equity in Alaska and make sure that every Alaskan can be who they are, where they are.
Thank you for your continued support.
Chance Wilcox is Pride Foundation’s Regional Philanthropy Officer in Alaska.