We are proud to announce that our membership selected Challenge Alaska as our 2019-2020 Non-Profit Partner. Challenge Alaska is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and the whole community through sports, recreation and education.Visit our Become a Non-Profit Partner page to learn more about our Non-Profit Partner program.
From June 2019-May 2020, APWA members will work to support Challenge Alaska through volunteerism and fundraising activities.
Challenge Alaska’s needs vary in levels of commitment and funding. APWA Volunteers will help Challenge Alaska’s effort by supporting activities like the following:
Volunteers for the Ski & Snowboard School – Volunteers needed November 15-April 15. Including teaching ski/snowboard, building maintenance, office assistance, program administration and more.
Special Events & Fundraising: Challenge Alaska Event & SnowBlast
APWA Funds will help Challenge Alaska’s effort by:
Funds raised will go to support Challenge Alaska’s current effort to build confidence and security, create an infrastructure for support, increase mobility, and improve health.
Reducing program fees for current participants
Providing scholarships for participants who cannot afford the program fees.
Challenge Alaska provides a wide variety of programs and services for people with disabilities, their families and the community. Challenge Alaska’s longest running and largest program is their Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School located in Girdwood Alaska on the slopes of Alyeska Resort. In addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding Challenge Alaska has three disabled hockey teams; Sled, Special and Warrior. The Adaptive Ski & Snowboard School & hockey are the two largest programs at Challenge. In addition to these they offer, outdoor adventure opportunities including camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing boating, water skiing and hunting. They also offer other sports including archery, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair soccer, Nordic skiing, biathlon, track and field, and curling. Challenge Alaska is a Paralympic Sport Club affiliated with the US Paralympics and as such collaborates with the Anchorage School District to offer Paralympic Sports to Anchorage School District Students and other elite training and identification opportunities for emerging competitive athletes. Challenge Alaska provides sports and recreation at all levels of interest and participation from beginner to elite, recreational to professional.
Interested in learning more about how you can help? The Anchorage Petroleum Women's Association is an all-volunteer organization, and we need the support of our members, perspective members, and community partners to fulfill our mission of giving back to our local community. Contact our Volunteer Services Chair and Special Projects Chair to learn more about how your interests and talents can be used to support our work with Alaska Resource Education.