Community Service

The R.E.C. Room

Location:

3957 Nielsen Circle (off Ben Walters Lane, next door to the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic).

Contact:

235-3436
recroom@kbfpc.org

http://HomerRECRoom.org

Hours:

Open Monday – Friday from 3pm – 6pm

What is It?

The R.E.C Room (a Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op) offers teens ages 12-18 a safe and welcoming environment to socialize with friends after school and get connected with positive activities and education opportunities for youth. Free ongoing programs include cooking classes, digital music production classes, poetry workshops, computer programming instruction, and workshops on healthy relationships. The R.E.C. Room offers guitars, computers and wi-fi, X-Box Kinect, art supplies, a keyboard, a library, free snacks, and other games.

A Youth Program manager is always available to help teens sort through problems or help them address urgent crises like homelessness or depression.

Free to all teens!

Volunteer:

– for fun and fundraising events
– as part of a community service project
– as part of a ‘Senior Project’
– to organize the clothing swap closet
– to offer your own class or start a group

Kachemak Nordic Ski Club

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Location:

Meets monthly at Cook Inlet Keeper September through May.

Contact:

907-235-5304

kachemaknordicskiclub@gmail.com

brann@alaska.net

http://kachemaknordicskiclub.org/

What is it?

Kachemak Nordic Ski Club maintains  over 70 kilometers of groomed trails at the Baycrest, McNeil Canyon-Eveline, and Lookout Mountain trail systems. All three areas are groomed for classic as well as skate skiing and are located close to the town of Homer. Each area offers varying terrain with opportunities for panoramic views of Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountain Range. If you enjoy the ski trails, consider becoming a member.

Special events like ski races and lessons throughout the winter.

Cost? Discounts?

Individuals can join for as little as a Basic $25 membership, Super User $50, or Patron $150 levels. Families can join at the $50, $100, $300 or more levels. Businesses can join with a cash membership or by making in-kind donations.

HOMER SAW AND CYCLE offers a 10% discount on all ski related items and a 15% discount on ski packages for all current members of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club. You must ask for the discount. Membership forms can be filled out and turned in at Homer Saw and Cycle.

CHAIN REACTION SPORTS IN ULMER’S TRUE VALUE DRUG STORE offers a 15% discount on all ski equipment and winter gear to club members. There is also a 20% discount for all school ski team members and coaches, and all Junior Nordic participants. Chain Reaction will also provide a base prep free with your purchase of skis. Your membership should be current to qualify for this benefit. Be sure to ask about the discount for club members. Chain Reaction will honor all Alaska Nordic Skier address labels even if you are from Anchorage, Fairbanks, or the other clubs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

An entirely volunteer organization. Motivated teens are welcome. Coaching for Junior Nordic, seasonal trail work.

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Rotary Club of Homer Kachemak Bay

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Location:

Best Western Bidarka Inn

575 Sterling Hwy

Website:

http://homerrotary.org/

Hours:

Meets Thursdays at 12pm

What is it?

Community service organization. Organizes Health Fair, Youth exchange, Scholarships, Youth Leadership Awards.

Exchange program: Contact Christi Griffard, Youth Exchange Officer at 299-8610

 

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Rotary Club of Downtown Homer

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Location:

Homer Council on the Arts (HCOA) Building

355 W. Pioneer Ave.

Contact:

(907) 235-5757

http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2504

Hours:

Meets Wednesdays 6pm  at HCOA

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MAPP – Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partntership

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Location:

1230 Ocean Drive

Contact:

(907) 235-0570

mappofskp@gmail.com

http://mappofskp.net/

What is it?

“It’s a coalition helping the whole community work together to collect information, understand what’s going on in the community, to know what its needs are, to know what its strengths are and then, in theory, though that the exercise of collecting data you are developing relationships and partnerships and then you are identifying what you want to work on together as a community. MAPP is the parent to Homer Prevention Project.”

Volunteer:

Ideas for projects.

Benefits to teens:

“So as far as what it can support to teens, I mean there is certainly ways that you can be involved like what you’re doing right now, but ideally it’s providing a vehicle, maybe a structure or a format, an avenue for working together for whatever you’re passionate about.”

HoWL

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Location:

1554 Homer Spit Rd

Contact:

(907) 399-HOWL  or (907) 399-4695

www.howlalaska.org/

https://www.facebook.com/howl.alaska

What is it?

Alaskan Summer Camps and Wilderness Expeditions for Youth. “Our mission is to empower young leaders by providing outdoor, experiential education through fun and dynamic adventures in Alaska.”

Financial Aid and/or discounts:

Offer scholarships, offer financial aid called DiRtBaG Awards- Discount Rates to Boys and Girls. Through the DiRtBaG program, students earn awards by participating in our annual Homer Clean-Up Week, wherein DiRtBaGgers pick up litter in town and on local beaches. “By collecting pledges from community members along with community sponsorships, we are able to fund the DiRtBaG Awards.”

HoWL has a fleet of backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, rain gear and more to loan to students if they need it.

Volunteer:

Can correlate with financial aid awards involving clean up.

Benefits to Teens:

Adventure, outdoor, fun, social, experiences.

Homer Volunteer Fire Department

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Location:

604 East Pioneer Avenue

(907) 235-3155 or 911 for emergencies

http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/fire 

fire@cityofhomer-ak.gov

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

What is it?

Volunteer run local fire department.

Classes:

Yearly EMT and Firefighter classes once a year. Training Programs; cost of only admission fees (75$) compared to other 6 credit and 12 credit classes at the university. EMT and Firefighter training programs. Ages required to be enrolled in this program: 17.5 or 18 – must have parental consent if teen is not yet 18. May have to pay admission fees.

What can Teens do?

Get involved in offered training programs, learn about everything associated with their department, and the department of public safety.

Volunteer:

Must be 18yrs old. Volunteer firefighter and EMT (comes after the training programs) – But anything as small as a misdemeanor could easily be a barrier in for any certificates receivable through these programs.

 

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Homer Foundation

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Location:

3733 Ben Walters Lane

Contact:

Joy Steward, 235-0541

jsteward@homerfund.org

http://www.homerfund.org

Hours:

Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm

What is it?

The Homer Foundation is a funder – they hey provide grants funds for other organizations that provide programs and services.

Teen Services:

“The one program we have that is youth focused is our Youth Advisory Committee, or YAC, and that’s kids that come together and learn about philanthropy, about what the foundation does, and then pretty much mirror what we do. They do an informal assessment of youth needs in the community, and then they have a grants program that they manage, where they distribute funds for programs and services that are provided to youth in the community.”

Volunteer:

The Foundation can often use computer help and data entry.  “the work they’re doing directly benefits the organization.  Again, because we don’t have programs, they are not out there volunteering in a program that’s providing services to kids, so it would be an indirect benefit.  It’s an indirect benefit to the community through benefiting the Homer Foundation.”

Employment:

Summer paid internships.

Benefits to Teens:

“We support programs that serve youth by providing financial resources, so they get to make the decisions and they actually do some of the fundraising.  So, again, a lot of the benefit is for those individuals involved, learning those life skills and leadership skills.  Then, for whatever programs that they provide funding for, the clients, the students, the youth that they serve are benefiting whether it’s the R.E.C. Room, or HOWL, or any of the other – Pier One Youth Theater.”

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Homer Animal Shelter & Animal Friends

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 Location:

3745 Heath Street

Contact:

Sherry Bess (907) 235-3141

Homershelter@live.com

Homeranimals@gmail.com

www.homeranimals.com

Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm

What is it?

Homer Animal Friends pays 25% of spay/neuter, and shots; but cost includes an adoption fee, and 75% of spay/neuter costs. Need parental consent to adopt an animal.

“We’re like a safety net for the animals.  Sometimes people get into situations or there’s reasons why they can’t have their animal anymore.  And so we will gladly take their animal and take care of them until we can find them a new home.  We do that.  And people can come here and just enjoy giving animals some attention and helping out the community that way, making the animals feel comfortable and happy here, doing a little cleaning.  

We can give a little bit of advice on how to feed and take care of animals for people that maybe they’re first time pet owners.  And there’s animal control.  We can help people in the community.  If there’s a problem with a barking dog or running dogs or like that, we can step in and help out there.”

Events: Strut Your Mutt, February Trivia Night, The Buster Program on Thursdays at the shelter, classes for Dog Training programs.

Volunteer:

There are many opportunities to volunteer at the shelter. Whatever your preference; walking dogs or petting cats or cleaning.  You can also  help with events and fundraisers, or with the training classes.“Your help and support are appreciated!”

 

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Girls Scouts of Alaska

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Location:

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (708 Smoky Bay Way, Homer, AK 99603)

Contact:

907-399-6756

www.girlscouts.org

beth@akcoastalstudies.org

What is it?

Youth leadership development program for girls grades K-12. Troop members participate in camps and outdoor education, workshops and events. Girl Scouts encourages financial literacy through cookie sales, bake sales, and various fundraisers

What can Teens do?

Under 18 (before graduation) can join and participate in the program, over 18 (post graduation) can volunteer to be group leaders.

Teen Services:

Girl scouts who get into middle and high school can earn credits to go on exchange trips. K-12 can be girl scouts, after graduation teens can be leaders or help out with the troupe.

Benefits to Teens:

Learning skills. Through the various activities, teens can learn leadership skills, business skills, job shadowing, etc.

Homer Public Library

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Location:

500 Hazel Ave

Contact:

907-435-3195 or  907-235-3180 (Library)

library@cityofhomer-ak.gov

info@friendshomerlibrary.org

http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library

Hours:

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am – 6pm, Tues & Thurs 10am – 8pm

Volunteer:

The Friends of the Homer Public Library provides volunteer support for library programs and services, raise funds that enrich the library experience and promotes the use and enjoyment of the library. The Library depends on dozen of volunteers who help support monthly programs, book sales, and special programs like the Top Drawer Collection and BIZ-Idea.

Sales:

There are always books for sale.

Teen Services:

The Library is a space for teens to hang out after school. They have study rooms that are soundproofed and will allow students work on things such as music production ot online classes, but can also be used by small groups wanting to hang out and be able to talk (because the main part of the library is quiet). They also have books, movies, music, and audiobooks available for checkout, as well as free wifi and computers, access to online databases and study-aid programs that can help with people looking to take the SATs or GED. The Library also has access to Mango Languages, and online resource for learning new languages. The Library also holds occasional activities and special events for teens throughout the year. Learn more at http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library/teens

Young Parents:

Young parents can find several resources at the Homer Library, including storytime, reading packets, and safety information. More resources for young parents are available at http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library/resources-parents-0.

Volunteer:

The Library often has youth volunteers throughout the year. Seniors working on their final projects, as well as students looking to get involved during the summer. Volunteers do things such as: shelve books, dust, work out back, read stories to preschoolers or otherwise help out up front, or even serve on the Library Advisory Board and Friends of Homer Library Board.

Employment:

Employment is experience, not age based. The Library would like to start providing summer internships if they could get the funding.

Benefits to Teens:

“One is that everything in here is absolutely free.  If you get a library card the ‘world is your oyster’, because we live in a world of information and there is no where else you can get accurate information for free. Everyone here is interested in helping you.  We have a free phone at the entrance, which is a hot commodity in Homer; because I don’t think there are actually any free phones here.”

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Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park

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Location:

95 Sterling Highway, Suite 2

Contact:

(907) 269-8700

info@friendsofkachemakbay.org

http://www.friendsofkachemakbay.org/

What is it?

A non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing, preserving and protecting the resources of Kachemak Bay State Park. They try to get people to visit the park, and raise money for various maintenance efforts.

Teen Services:

Use the park! Or volunteer. Get help with a senior project.

Cost? Discounts?

$35/year membership fee; Cabins are $55-$75/night.

Members get discounts on water taxis.

Volunteer:

The state park requires volunteers to be 18, but the Friends does not. Youth can volunteer to maintain trails across the bay, or help with smaller projects on this side such as painting signs.

Trails maintenance days, first week of June: Get a water taxi across for $20.Spend the morning helping clean up trails, and then spend the rest of the day hanging out and exploring.

 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Location:

3691 Ben Walters Lane

Contact:

(907) 235-8391

trish.hermann@bbbsak.org 

www.bbbsak.org

Hours:

Monday – Friday  9:30am – 5:30pm

What is it?

Mainly a mentoring program – we match up kids with either high school students or adults for mentoring and spending time together.

Volunteer:

There is a school program where high school students can be a Big Brother or Big Sister, and be matched with a child that’s between the ages of like kindergarten through fifth grade. Usually a six-year gap between them and their little. Typically, they just meet in the school during a free period or at lunch, or they can also meet after school and do things at an approved location in the community. They can earn community service hours for graduation if they need those or just do volunteer work to see if they like working with kids. If teens want to earn their community service hours, but maybe they don’t like working with kids; help is always needed in the office or help with fundraising events. 

Classes:

We do have some online training for – specifically for Big Brothers and Big Sisters – that is optional. You can learn about child development and what to do with your little one when you’re meeting for the first time. Also you can learn littles in foster care and what that looks like, or what it is like kids whose parents are in prison and how to support them.

Benefits to Teens:

Our business benefits teens – if they’re a little brother or sister, they’re getting mentoring support from an adult mentor for whatever needs or challenges or reasons that they want to be in the program, so they’re getting that support. And if they enroll as a volunteer for a Big Brother or Big Sister, then they’re learning how to be the mentor in the match, and they’re learning a lot about relationships and working with kids in child development. Or if they’re volunteering in the office or to help with events, they’re learning about organization skills, the behind-the-scenes of working for a nonprofit and all the fundraising that has to be done, etc.

 

Independent Living Center (TRAILS)

Location:

P.O. Box 2474

265 E. Pioneer Ave. #201

Contact:

907-235-7911

Christy Russ –  trails2@peninsulailc.org

What is it?

T.R.A.I.L.S. (Total Recreation And Independent Living Services) provides recreational programming designed to support individuals with disabilities and their family and friends. Programs include people of all abilities and interests.

T.R.A.I.L.S. is able to loan equipment to people with disabilities (wheelchairs, crutches, shower benches, etc). They can also provide taxi vouchers/transportation for those in need.

Volunteer:

Volunteers are always welcome to help hang flyers and make calls reminding members of upcoming events or other T.R.A.I.L.S. updates.

The Center (South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services)

Location:

3948 Ben Walters Ln

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm

Contact:

235-7701 or  235-8101

What is it?

The Center specializes in mental health services (counseling, behavioral therapy, etc) for youth, adults, and developmentally disabled individuals.

Teen Services:

The Child and Adolescent program works with teens, offering therapy and group sessions aiding in the devolpment of emotional and social skills. It’s an open, non-judgmental relationship-based program that provides someone who will listen and give you strategies on how to problem solve. During the summer they offer different Group sessions (teen coffee group, summer flex group, etc) that meet regualrly while school isn’t in session.

Parental Consent:

Youth who are 16 or older do not need parental consent

Cost? Discounts?

Denali Kid Care will cover all services. The Center won’t turn you away because of money.

Employment:

The Center is always looking for help. You must be 18 or older to apply. Submit a resume and an application (found on their website).

South Peninsula Hospital

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Location:

4300 Bartlett St

Contact:

(907)235-0397

Derotha Ferraro

dbf@sphosp.org

www.sphosp.com

Health Services:

Any services are available for any age.Sleep studies, wellness checks (physicals), and activity physicals are available for free on any given day for teens. Also available (to anyone) are free pregnancy (tests)/birthing classes every six weeks. These classes cover practicing diaper changing and coaching.

The Hospital also provides 24/7 ER Services.

Volunteer or Intern:

Volunteer or intern positions are available for youth under the age of 18. In these positions you would: visit residents in long term care to be an activity aid (play music, games, etc), work in the gift shop, sit beside with patients in care, take part in the Safe Kids Fair (wear costumes, do an activity at each booth, staff booths, or the front desk). Those interested must become a member of the auxillory and go through training. Contact Susan Hubbard (907) 235-0820