Team efforts are currently focused primarily on immediate relief such as:
- debris removal
- clothing and winter outerwear
- fuel (gasoline, firewood, heating oil)
- household items
Several families do not have adequate housing for the winter and did not choose to take advantage of the State of Alaska temporary housing assistance program. Portables, trailer houses and mobile homes were donated for survivors and some families have accepted delivery of these items. Transportation and coordination with home movers are being worked on by the Case Management team. Connections to electric, sewer, water and heat sources are also being addressed as they arise.
The Case Management team is working to educate survivors in regards to how these housing donations will affect the amount of disaster assistance they are eligible for from other entities like the State of Alaska. It is important to ensure survivors have all the information they need to make empowered choices on their road to long term recovery.
Case Management Supervisor Position Open
The MFLTRG is recruiting for a paid Case Management Supervisor position. Ideal candidates will have a desire to help those affected, are organized, detail-oriented, with good communication skills and able to work independently. This is a temporary, part-time, independent contractor position based on existing grant funding. Learn more and apply here: https://willowumc.org/apply/.
Storage facilities are limited. The Donation Management team is using a strongly targeted donations management approach securing items as the need arises versus making all-call-requests. This requires less storage, the quality of items donated can be monitored more effectively and the items donated can be targeted to specific survivor needs.
The MFLTRG is recruiting for a Construction team Chair. This person will complete construction site evaluations, create building estimates and coordination with Case Management. A person with general contracting experience is ideal.
Additionally, the MFLTRG will recruit a Finance Chair.
Grants and Fundraising
Several MFLTRG agencies are working to secure additional funding for recovery efforts:
- St. David’s Episcopal Church has secured fuel cards and representatives from the church will tour the McKinley Fire area and work to secure another recovery grant.
- United Way applied for a Mat-Su Health Foundation grant and continues to receive donations for recovery from individual donors.
- The Big Lake Lions Club is accepting donations and submitted a grant application.
- The Willow United Methodist Church is working to grow a donations fund.
- The Upper Susitna Food Pantry are building immediate needs boxes that will be available November 16th at the Upper Susitna Church on the Rock.