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!


#GivingTuesday occurs each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), so this year it’s on November 27.

It was created as the natural follow-up to the #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday shopping events and kicks-off the charitable season – when supporters share their time, gifts, and donations with non-profits, like Catholic Social Services – Alaska.  Learn more about the national #GivingTuesday movement.

This year, we are encouraging you to do at least one of three things.

  • Bring soap — any kind, any amount!
  • Wrap gifts at Brother Francis Shelter for guests!
  • Make an online donation!

Sign-Up for #GivingTuesday!

Mitzvah Mall

On Sunday, December 2, 12:00-3:00 p.m., come to Congregation Beth Sholom, 7525 E. Northern Lights, to learn about local non-profits and make donations to them in lieu of regular gifts this holiday season.  This one-of-a-kind event allows members of the Anchorage community to peruse tables, featuring non-profits — such as Catholic Social Services — and make donations to them in behalf of friends and family during the holiday season.  To learn more, check out Mitzvah Mall’s Facebook Page.

RAIS Pop-Up Lunch

Have you tried Somali food?  Or are you looking forward to having it again?  Friday, December 7 is your chance!  RAIS is hosting a pop-up lunch with two meal options, each for $15.  You will need to pick-up your food at 4135 San Roberto Avenue between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This unique culinary job-skills training program provides our refugee clients practical and hands-on training and allows them to earn some income while they await employment. Therefore, all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to clients.  We encourage anyone who wants to support refugees and try their delicious food to plan on pre-ordering that meal.

Pre-Order My Pop-Up Lunch Now!

Skinny Raven New Toys and Towels Drive

Skinny Raven is hosting a New Toys and Towels Drive for Catholic Social Services on Tuesday, December 18.  Will you join them?

All items should be delivered to their downtown location at 800 H Street between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., before their Pub Run begins.  All gifts will be delivered to Catholic Social Services and then distributed to people who are connected with one or more of our seven programs. For every donation, you will receive a raffle ticket to win gear from Skinny Raven.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Anchorage Yoga and Church of Love are hosting a Winter Solstice Celebration to support Clare House. They invite you to participate in an event that will bring a little light into the lives of others.  It occurs on Wednesday, December 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Church of Love, located at 3502 Spenard Road.

Katey Inman and Sarah Glassett will lead a two-hour practice, embracing the darkness and celebrating the light by completing  108 sun salutations.  Please join them.  All proceeds for this donation-only class go to support Clare House.  The suggested donation is $20 and must be cash or check.  To learn more, check out their Facebook Event.

Christmas Eve Mass

Please join us as we celebrate Mass with Brother Francis Shelter guests and members of the community on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 at 6:00 p.m.


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.

CANCELLED: Advent Concert

The annual Christmas music concert, previously scheduled for Friday, December 7 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish, has been cancelled.  Please instead consider joining us for Christmas Eve Mass at Brother Francis Shelter at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24.