ECAF: Supporting Neighbors When Tragedy Strikes

When times get tough, we help each other. The Employee and Community Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to employees and the community.

When tragedy strikes, the additional financial burden can sometimes be too much to bear. Southcentral Foundation’s Employee and Community Assistance Fund was established to help pick up the pieces during the troubling times.

ECAF provides immediate financial assistance to the community by covering necessities for those who have encountered financial hardship for reasons beyond their control. Since its inception, ECAF has given nearly $95,000 to more than 230 people and families in need for things like; funeral expenses, bereavement travel, medical expenses, housing, and more.

This is supported by SCF employees and is also made possible by the generosity of people within our community. Employees donate and participate in fundraisers throughout the year. Community members can make donations at any time. The Pick.Click.Give. campaign from the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend allows anyone across the state to contribute.

Did you know it’s not too late to donate through Pick. Click. Give? That’s right, you can still Pick. Click. Give. even though you’ve already filed your 2018 PFD application. Just go online to before Aug. 31, and select the Add or Change Your Pick. Click. Give. donation link on the right side of the page. Follow the prompts to open your application. Then pick a program near and dear to your heart, click on a donation and give the support to make a difference in the community.

ECAF is one of hundreds of tax-deductible charitable organizations to choose from this year. Every little bit helps, and no donation is too small.

Learn more at or on the PFD application page at Visit for more information on the ECAF program.

by Connie Irrigoo

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