Nonprofit Needs

Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward.

Homer Community Food Pantry

needs pasta, rice, oats, carrots, onions, box milk and fresh fruit/vegetables.
Contact:  Food Pantry at 235-1968

Hospice of Homer needs volunteers: a public relations volunteer to do newspaper/radio announcements, electronic invitations, etc.; a fundraising volunteer including someone who will manage and administer the selling of Sees Candy; a volunteer to do office cleaning; and a board member.  Hospice also has a paid staff positon open,closing date Jan. 29.

Contact: Darlene Hilderbrand  at


Kachemak Bay Campus Adult Education Program is looking for volunteers to read with adults who are working to improve literacy skills. This might be as casual as reading a book or story together, or might include helping the student with classwork. Conversation partners are needed for English language learners — meet for tea or coffee and talk. You and your student will decide how often and when you will meet.  

Contact:  Lolita Brache at or 235-1606

KBBI is looking for help with resources for an extended emergency response effort in case of a disaster. The items will be located at the transmitter site and at KBBI studios. The following items are needed: flashlights (LED, hand-cranked ones are the best); first aid kits; emergency lighting to work hands free (propane or battery); small cook stove and small propane cylinders; flannel cotton sheets to cover air intakes (used OK, but no holes); two port-a-pottie seats and clean 5 gallon buckets; surveyor lathe (used but clean);  paper plates and bowls; plastic dining utensils; warm gloves and clothing. 

Contact:  Dave Anderson at or 235-7721 ext 222 


Kenai Peninsula Fair needs Alaska Airlines companion fares, if anyone is willing to donate them, to help bring up the headliner for the fair this summer. 

Contact: Lara McGinnis at 398-4468 


Special Olympics needs basketball partners— starting March 3, storage space for sports equipment, and assistant swimming and basketball coaches.
Contact: Carol Shuler at 235-9264 or 299-1606


Sprout Family Services needs new and gently used kids’ books, hand sanitizer, Alaska Airlines Miles for staff travel. 

Contact:  Jill Lush at


Whirling Rainbow Foundation needs volunteers for the following: Ceremonial Arts — making ceremonial art for fundraising sales including Native drums, rattles, kits, pouches and general sewing; office — copying, mailing orders, data entry email lists and local errands; marketing and outreach — posting flyers for events, media contacts, social media; general repair and maintenance — trucks, trailers, RV, store and sound equipment.

Contact: Suraj Holzwarth, director, at 907-745-5636 or