Catholic Social Services hosts exciting events that connect us with the Anchorage community.  They also enable us  to partner with other agencies and show that we are united in our support of Alaska’s most vulnerable citizens.  We look forward to seeing you at one of the events below soon!

Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month, a national campaign focused on the issue of hunger in America.  It brings attention to food insecurity right here in Anchorage, across Alaska, and throughout the U.S.  Did you know roughly 1 in 8 Alaskans struggle with hunger?  Close to half of these people are children and seniors.

But Hunger Action Month does more than remind us of the stark reality of hunger.  It reminds us, with your help, hunger is solvable.  You can support hungry families by volunteering to stock groceries, donating produce from your garden, or becoming a monthly donor.  For more information about Hunger Action Month, check back here throughout September and also go to

Welcoming Week

Anchorage has a generous spirit and welcomes newcomers and travelers to Alaska.  From September 14 – 23, Welcoming Week highlights that Alaska spirit and its connection to people who have overcome great hurdles to become part of our community.  Citywide, we celebrate the refugees and immigrants who have joined us in Anchorage.  They contribute to our economic, cultural, and social wellbeing, and we are delighted to have them as friends, neighbors, and family.  Welcoming Week is coordinated by the Municipality of Anchorage, which collaborates with many businesses and organizations, including Catholic Social Services.

Fresh International Gardens Booths

When you buy your local, organic vegetables from Fresh International Gardens (FIG), you’re supporting refugees who have resettled in Anchorage.  The produce is grown and the booth is run by people in our Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services program. All proceeds go directly to FIG participants.

FIG Booth

In addition to fresh vegetables, you’ll find tasty treats, spice blends, and fragrant herbs at FIG’s booth. Sometimes you’ll also have the chance to enjoy live entertainment.

Come support FIG at Mountain View Farmers Market, 3543 Mountain View Dr., on Thursdays through September from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

If you have questions, contact Jesse at Thank you!

Oktoberfest – Run to End Homelessness

Run in a race to end homelessness on September 22nd at 9:00 a.m! You’ll be supporting a great cause, hosted by the Anchorage Running Club, while having lots of fun with other runners. The course will go out-and-back, beginning on 2nd Avenue outside of 49th Street Brewing Company. You’ll run down the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, hit the turnaround point, and head back.

All profits from The Run to End Homelessness will be donated to our Brother Francis Shelter as well as to Bean’s Café.

You can register for either a 5K or 10k race, and race entry fees are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. They are non-refundable.  Click here to register.  Last year, in 2017, The Run to End Homelessness allowed the Anchorage Running Club – along with your help – to donate $6,600 to each charity.

On race day, registration and meet time starts at 7:30 a.m. You will be able to do same-day registration and bib-pickup for runners who have not been able to register on line. You will also be able to donate food and clothes at the race headquarters.  Be sure to like our Facebook Event Page to get updates along the way and print some race flyers to post around town too!

Print flyer now!

U-Pick Harvest Day

Fresh International Gardens (FIG), a program of Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS), is hosting U-Pick Harvest Day on Wednesday, September 26 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at their site on 4504 McPhee Avenue.  Anyone from the community — CSS staff, volunteers, clients, and community members — are welcome to attend.  All proceeds go to FIG participants, like usual.

We expect to have lots of produce to harvest, including arugula, beets, carrots, celery, chard, chives, cilantro, collard greens, beans, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, peas, perilla (shiso or sesame leaf), radishes, sunflowers, and turnips.  See you there!

Check out U-Pick flyer now!

RAIS Pop-Up Lunch

RAIS will be hosting a pop-up lunch, featuring Somali food, on October 12.  We encourage anyone who wants to support refugees and try their delicious food to plan on pre-ordering that meal.  Stay tuned for more information.

Spirit of Denali

Spirit of Denali honors Alaska Native cultures and their rich influence in our city and state. Guests will come together to enjoy food – such as muktuk, fry bread, akutaq, and much more – as well as to enjoy their music and dance.

Please join us on October 17, 2018, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Brother Francis Shelter, 1021 E. 3rd Avenue.

Print flyer now!


We need your help to put on these events!  If you are interested in volunteering or want to know how you can lend a hand, please contact Clara Williams, Community Engagement Manager, at or 907-222-7335.