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!

Plein Air Weekend

On July 28th and July 29th from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily, more than 25 local artists will assemble at the Kolstad Homestead for the 12th Annual Plein Air Weekend in support of Clare House.  Wander through the grounds as you watch these painters and peruse their artwork, which will be available for purchase.  What a lovely, meaningful way to spend a July weekend!


Each of the painters at Plein Air Weekend has donated a work of art to the Silent Auction. You will be able to bid on these items over the course of Saturday morning until the close of the event on Sunday evening.  We will notify if you won soon thereafter.

The proceeds of the Silent Auction will benefit Clare House, Catholic Social Services’ 24-hour emergency shelter for moms and kids experiencing homelessness. Not only does Clare House offer a safe, clean place to sleep as well as to receive meals, it connects women with our case managers who refer them to services that aid them on their journey to permanent stability.

Plein Air Weekend occurs at 5801 Barry Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99507.  If you would like to donate art for the Silent Auction or if you have questions, please contact Melissa Webber, Annual Giving Manager, at or 907-222-7344.

RSVP on our Facebook Page, and be sure to like us to learn more about Catholic Social Services, Clare House, and Plein Air Weekend!

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!


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.