Members of the Kasilof Eagles aerie # 4317 landed at Frontier Community Services (FCS) on Columbus Day to present executive director Amanda Faulkner and her board with a large check for $3,600 to cover the purchase of three AED defibrillator devices. “Our aerie is like a second home for us and this was a community service project we wanted to do,” said Eagle Shawna Wolk. “People helping people is our motto and we participate in a lot of events like the Trunk or Treat in Kasilof and we distribute Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to our community,” added Eagle Julie Otto. While gifts or cards for Columbus Day has never really taken off, Amanda Faulkner was very supportive of the tradition started by the Eagles, “Having this gift will help us purchase AED’s that will be put in our Forget Me Not adult day center and be utilized when we have large events in the community. It’s wonderful to have community support, we serve around 400 to 500 people a year so to have the community rally around us and help us bring more support to people is a true blessing,” said Faulkner, FCS executive director.
Moving the mission of recognizing those with special needs as part of our community has come a long way since FCS first started, “It’s very exciting seeing our mission move forward and that we have the community support behind us. Our services are from birth to end of life which is diverse range of needs through out a lifespan. We start out with infant learning, birth to 3-years of age where we start identifying developmental delays through screenings early and wrap supports around the family from the very beginning all the way to end of life with our adult day center in Kenai. And these services are available to anyone in the community at any time. It was a surprise to learn of the Eagle efforts on our behalf and I would certainly encourage people to learn more about their activities in our community,” said Faulkner. Shawna Wolk added that letting the community know what they are doing is one of their goals, “This is a spring board for us and letting people know that we are here and the work we can do so when we see a need we are willing to approach those people and offer help or in turn those who have a need to approach us if they feel we can help. That’s what we are people helping people and that enriches all of us.”