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Be the Light for Young Alaskans

It only takes one person to make a difference in the life of a youth who is suffering.

VOA Alaska is on the front lines of the youth mental health crisis. To meet the rising needs of our youth, we have expanded community-based services 200% since 2021. We are making great strides in pursuing our mission to eliminate suffering for youth and their families exacerbated by substance use and mental health challenges.  But we cannot do this work alone.

Scroll down to learn how you can be a light in the darkness this holiday season.

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Bring joy to youth and families through a monetary donation.

At any level of support, your gift can be lifesaving for a youth starting their recovery journey.

Visit our Amazon Wish List filled with items to bring joy to youth and families.

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From winter gear to hygiene items to fun activities, these gifts will help our youth and families feel warmth and joy this holiday season. 

All items will be delivered to our midtown Anchorage office, wrapped with care by our staff, and given to our youth during their program’s holiday party.

Mail a gift card to provide a special meal, help with transportation costs, or share in a fun, spirit-lifting activity.

Mail a gift card to provide a special meal, help with
transportation costs, or share in a fun, spirit-lifting activity.

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Online gift cards can be sent to

Physical gift cards can be mailed to VOA Alaska, C/O Dj Tyson, 2600 Cordova St, Ste 101, Anchorage, AK 99503

Recommendations include Tidal Wave Books, Fred Meyer, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Visa, Value Village, Starbucks, Amazon, Carrs, Subway, Olive Garden, Chilis, Applebees, Dave and Busters, & Chevron.

In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations of new or gently used items are a fun way for individuals and businesses alike to add a personal touch to gifts for youth and families in their community. We accept donations of household goods, non-perishable foods, winter clothing, gift cards, and more.

Have questions or ready to make your in-kind donation? Please send a note to

Everyday Giving

Join us in supporting our community with a one-time donation or start a monthly donation. Your generous gift could be help a teen receive counseling for depression or helping to purchase furniture for a young adult moving into their first apartment. Your donation will be used where it’s most needed. 

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Donate a Portion of Your PFD

There is still time to give to VOA Alaska with Pick.Click.Give! If you have already filed your PFD but still looking for a cause support, choose VOA Alaska and be a part of our mission to empower Alaska’s youth and families!

The last date to donate through your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend is August 31, 2023.

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Volunteers of America of Alaska is a designated tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN 74-2240098. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.