Beyond maintaining strong relationships with our customers, we're continually working to reinforce the strength, health, and safety of the Alaskan communities in which we work and live. We leverage our financial resources and relationships, along with the passion and generosity of our employees, to advance the work of our community partners as they serve and empower people in need.
Alaska is our home and our commitment to Alaskan communities is an integral part of the way we do business.
Our Charitable Giving Program supports well-run, tax-deductible organizations in the Alaskan communities in which we do business. These charities are nominated by our employees, and they aim to improve the lives of people in need of food, shelter, or clothing or those who find themselves in situations where meeting the basic necessities of life is difficult.
Our commitment to community involves more than simply direct financial support. Umialik’s volunteer program makes it easy for employees to get out into the community and help others by providing benefit-eligible employees with one paid day off per year to volunteer their time working with a 501(c)(3) organization (typically a charitable or educational organization).
We take great pride in sponsoring local events such as the Midnight Sun Run, National Bike to Work Day, and the Alaska Run for Women; hosting annual charitable drives, including the Umialik Hunger Action Challenge, Community Diaper Pantry diaper drive, and Toys for Tots toy drive; and supporting local non-profit organizations, including The Children’s Lunchbox, Food Bank of Alaska, and HUGGS.
Annual Scholarship Program
At Umialik, we think it’s important to ensure the leaders of tomorrow get the strong education they need today. That’s why, in 2008, our Group introduced a scholarship program designed to ease the financial burden that college costs put on the families of our employees and independent agency partners. The scholarship program provides $3,000 in merit-based scholarships to eight eligible students who are beginning or continuing full-time undergraduate study in the fall of that year.