Alaska nonprofits seeking funding for suicide prevention programs encouraged to apply for GCI Suicide Prevention Fund
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — From now through June 14, nonprofits and equivalent organizations located in Alaska can apply for the 2023 GCI Suicide Prevention Fund. Established in 2017 to address the pressing issue of suicide prevention and promote mental well-being, the fund has contributed approximately $700,000 in support of support of organizations and initiatives helping reduce Alaska’s suicide mortality rate, which is third-highest in the nation.
“We know Alaska is unique and there are many factors that lead to our state’s high suicide mortality rate,” said GCI Chief Marketing Officer Kate Slyker. “That’s why we believe the best way to prevent these tragedies is through community-focused programs. We’re grateful for opportunities to support the efforts of organizations big and small, especially in rural Alaska, that are moving the needle and strengthening communities across the state.”
Each year, GCI works with The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) to distribute $100,000 in grants to organizations that apply to fund suicide prevention programs in their community.
Gold Star Peak, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing essential mental health services and support to fallen heroes, active-duty service members, Gold Star families, and veterans received a grant in 2022.
"At Gold Star Peak, we assist in honoring and remembering our fallen heroes, ensuring that their sacrifices are never forgotten,” said Kirk Alkire founder of Gold Star Peak Inc. “Through our program we strive to promote self-care and well-being within our community's active-duty service members, Gold Star families, and veterans. Receiving our suicide prevention funding has been instrumental in expanding our reach and making a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve."
The GCI Suicide Prevention Fund aims to award grants to programs across the state. In Southeast Alaska, Women in Safe Homes (WISH) used its 2022 grant funds for its Ketchikan Youth Peer Education Program where Ketchikan teens provide education, training, and support to their peers under the direction and guidance of WISH staff.
"Adolescence is a time when youth are developing their independence, so they may seek support from peers before reaching out to an adult,” said JD Martin, Prevention and Education Coordinator at Women in Safe Homes. “The Ketchikan Youth Peer Education program gives youth the skills they need to support each other in living healthy, safe lives."
Nonprofit organizations and equivalent organizations, which may include tribes, schools, churches and local government agency programs, working in the realm of mental health and suicide prevention can apply for the GCI Suicide Prevention Fund on the ACF website https://alaskacf.org/funds/gci-suicide-prevention-fund/.
About GCI Gives
GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2022, nearly 500 GCI employees volunteered more than 4,000 hours. For more information about GCI Gives, visit www.gci.com/gcigives.
Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $4 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at http://www.libertybroadband.com.