Cruise Line to donate millions to communities

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Norwegian Cruise Lines has announced that they are going to donate $10 million in total to several Alaskan communities.

    Howard Sherman, Executive Vice President for Norwegian Cruise Lines said on the KINY Morning Show that they usually donate to their partner communities during crises

    They've given money and supplies to communities affected by hurricanes, volcanoes, and more.

    Sherman said "Our partners here in Southeast Alaska, especially the Southeast Alaska port cities, we don't know of anywhere really in the world that's been more affected economically by the pandemic. Especially cities like Skagway and Hoonah, who are almost completely dependent upon cruise revenue as a source of income."

    Two million dollars will be going to Skagway, Hoonah, Juneau, and Ketchikan. One million dollars will be going to Sitka and Seward. Sherman said, "We are giving that money to the elected representatives of those cities to disperse through their existing pandemic relief programs that they have set up." Sherman added that there will be "no strings attached" to the donations and it could arrive soon.

    News of the North reached out to Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon about the $2 million Juneau is set to receive. Mayor Weldon said "We appreciate the gesture, and thank Norwegian Cruise Lines for their assistance. The Southeast region has been economically devastated, probably more than any other region in the US. We understand that NCL has done similar gestures in the past when natural disasters have occurred, this is just a public health disaster instead of a natural disaster so we appreciate the help."

    She added that the Assembly will decide what the do with the donation, saying that they will be focused on community projects.

     

    More from News of the North

    Events

    • Sitka Tribe CARES Act Housing & Temporary Shelter Assistance

      The Sitka Tribe of Alaska is pleased to offer Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act need based assistance for Tribal Citizen/ AK Native or American Indian Sitka community households impacted by the COVID pandemic. The assistance available is $500 per household paid directly to a vendor to cover the mortgage, rent, utilities, heating fuel, or boat moorage costs, invoice verification is required and must be submitted with the application. This funding will also assist with those experiencing homelessness with temporary shelter. There is a separate application for this type of assistance. Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2021. Please go to sitkatribe.org for the application. Or please bring a previous or current invoice/bill (oil,utilities,rent,moorage, mortgage) to 456 Katlian St. for social services with your phone number on it; we will call and complete the online application with you over the phone. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call STA Social Services Department at 747-7293

      at Sitka tribe
    • Sitka Ham Radio Club

      Sitka Ham Amateur Radio Klub - SHARK - meets 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Sitka Sportsman's Association: 5211 Halibut Point Road. All interested in ham radio are welcome. For information contact Darryl Ault AL7W at 738-4539, sitkashark@yahoo.com or visit the Facebook Group.

      at None
    • Sitka Carbon Offset Fund

      The Sitka Carbon Offset Fund is accepting applications for year round residents to apply for a one time $500 award to revamp their personal transportation from high to low carbon. Residents who want to switch from using a gas-powered vehicle to lower carbon options like walking, biking or taking the community ride can request an application from chandler @sitkawild.org.

      at None