Community news – Nov. 7

Haunted Hickory donates 2,200 pounds
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory had another successful year, raising more than 2,200 pounds of food donations for the Homer Community Food Pantry. The crew of the Hickory thanks the community for turning out, noting that about 715 people attended.
Moore and Moore Services provided porta potties at no charge, M/V Tustumena’s Engineering Division donated a couple hundred pounds of food, and the local Coast Guard Auxiliary donated manpower to ensure this year’s effort was successful.

Haven House launches Homer Thrift
Haven House’s new project, the Homer Thrift, secondhand store, is set to open at 9 a.m. Nov. 17. The shelter for women and children receives a lot of donations, and if they do not have a client in need of them at the time, they must donate them elsewhere.
While the store will benefit from the donations and have money going back into Haven House, the primary purpose of the store is to create economic empowerment opportunities for clients. Women will receive job training and work experience at the store (during closed hours), so that when they leave, they will have training, job skills and a work reference to aid them in seeking employment.
Some of the most prevalent challenges facing women are economic-related. Economic empowerment is a major focus of Haven House over the next five years.

November highlights Alzheimer’s awareness
Gov. Sean Parnell proclaimed November as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month for the state of Alaska. It is estimated that more than 6,000 Alaskans today are living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. In 2010, an estimated 30,000 family caregivers provided more than $420 million worth of unpaid care in Alaska. The disease affects family, friends and communities.
Though there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, quality care and programs are available and promising developments in research are being made. Alaskans are encouraged to become educated about the disease, reach out to those living with it, and encourage and support family members caring for loved ones. For more information on classes or events, visit or call (907) 561-3313.

Heather Ericson and Kelsey Pate

Heather Ericson and Kelsey Pate

Ericson, Pate to teach in China
Heather Ericson, a Homer High graduate from the class of 2006 and 2011 photojournalism graduate from the University of Montana, leaves for China where she will be teaching English. She travels with Kelsey Pate, also a 2006 graduate of Homer High, who also will be teaching the English language. Pate has a degree in elementary education from Southern Oregon University.
Ericson previously traveled to China six times and studied the Mandarin language at Nanging University. As part of her travels and teaching experience, Ericson plans to make a documentary to show Homer audiences next year.
Ericson worked for the Homer Tribune doing Homer Speaks Out and other assignments. This week is her last column.

Denise Pitzman

Denise Pitzman

Pitzman appointed to Homer Foundation
The Homer Foundation announced the appointment of Denise Pitzman to the board of trustees. She will fill the remainder of Dan Westerburg’s term through November 2014. 
Westerburg served from March 2009 to September 2012 as board secretary, and generously shared his legal acumen and penchant for policy.
Pitzman’s appointment was approved at the October board meeting. Her experience in both business and local and national nonprofit board service will be an asset, according to the Foundation.

Foundation to hold annual meeting
The Homer Foundation will hold its annual meeting Thursday during Community Foundation Week, Nov. 12-18. Community Foundation Week is a national effort to help focus attention on community foundations and the field of philanthropy.  The community is invited and encouraged to attend the meeting.
The week starts with a meet and greet from 5:30 to 6 p.m. with refreshments, immediately followed by the meeting from 6-7 p.m. It will include Board appointments, presentation of the 2012 annual report, Investment and Distribution Committee Reports, an update from the Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee and the awarding of a $500 people’s choice grant award, which will require audience participation.

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