10.27.2011 – ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska is launching the 10forTroops campaign this November to raise awareness for how Alaskans can support local military. As part of this campaign individuals are asked to “Imagine the power of 10 minutes, $10, and 10 friends who do the same.” The goal is to raise $25,000 during the month of November to provide critical programs and services for military in Alaska. The campaign is centered on the website www.10forTroops.org
The 10forTroops TAKE10 – GIVE10 – ASK10 campaign hopes to become a statewide grassroots showing of support for our troops. Less than 1% of Americans serve in our military, and the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska believes that it is their job to help support these selfless heroes and their families.
“We believe that all troops deserve support. We believe it’s our job to be the funnel of the support that all Alaskans have for our military. That’s why we provide more than 30 free and low cost programs for our Alaska based military to help ease the burdens often associated with military life. There are very few organizations serving our troops from inside Alaska, and we are very proud to be the leading organization supporting our nation’s heroes” said Mari Jo Imig, executive director for the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska.
There are nearly 65,000 military members and their families stationed in Alaska. Nearly 45% of these troops are currently deployed or will deploy within the next 6 months. While most Americans understand that military life creates challenges for military members and their families, and these challenges are part of the job, the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska is asking Alaskans to help make military life just a little bit easier for these families.
The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and does not generate revenue through membership fees. In order to provide more than 30 free and low-cost programs and services for service members and their families stationed in Alaska, they rely on the generous support of Alaskans.