10 ways to give locally during the holiday season

Cordova nonprofits work to make our world a safer, healthier place

Copper River Watershed Project

Copper River Watershed Project works to keep the watershed intact as one of the last salmon strongholds of North America, while balancing the economic needs of the communities that depend on it. Their programs focus on salmon habitat, watershed education and sustainable tourism. Donations to the CRWP help support its programs, and makes its “partner in economic activism.” Newman’s Own Foundation is matching online donations until Jan. 3, and the CRWP is selling holiday membership gift bundles at its gift shop. CRWP is also on Amazon Smile and pickclickgive.org.

Website: www.copperriver.org
(907) 424-3334
Address: P.O. Box 1749, Cordova, Alaska 99574

How to Donate: Donations can be made in person at the Copper River Watershed Project, mailed to P.O. Box 1560 Cordova, AK 99574, or online at copperriver.org/donate.

Cordova Trap and Gun Club

Cordova Trap and Gun Club provides a safe, functional and accessible shooting range facility for the Cordova community. In addition to maintaining the shooting range the club aims to promote and provide instruction on the safe use and care of firearms for adults and youth. Monetary donations and proceeds go to development and maintenance of the shooting range. The club also encourages and accepts donations in the form of a helping hand, by helping at events or just picking up after yourself when you use the range.


Website: facebook.com/groups/CDVTrapGun/
Address: P.O. Box 1749, Cordova, Alaska 99574

How to Donate: Donations can be made by check to Cordova Trap & Gun Club, and sent to its post office box.

Eyak Preservation Council

The mission of Eyak Preservation Council is to “honor Eyak heritage and conserve wild salmon habitat and culture for all people.” EPC raises awareness and facilitates public support to provide alternative solutions for development that threatens wild salmon in this area. The council’s recent work includes conserving the Bering River coalfields, and efforts to move timing and placement of the Navy training exercises. Donations go to all program areas, all of which work to protect wild salmon habitat. In December, donations will be doubled and gifts of $25 or more will receive an EPC canvas tote bag.

Website: eyakpreservationcouncil.org
Email: eyak@redzone.org
Phone: 907-424-5890
Address: P.O. Box 460, Cordova, Alaska 99574

How to Donate: Tax-deductible donations can be made on EPC’s website or by mailing a check to EPC’s P.O. Box. EPC also accepts donations through Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer’s community rewards.

Cordova Arts & Pageants

Cordova Arts & Pageants has been supporting arts in Cordova for the last 44 years. Its efforts have brought professional performances groups into Cordova from around the world. Each group is required to do outreach and education, often holding a workshop or concert at public schools. Cordova Arts & Pageant’s most recent endeavor, and the focus of its holiday fundraising, is to raise money for a 6-foot 10-inch Schimmel grand piano for the Cordova Center.

Website: cdvarts.org
Email:  Anita Smyke at smyke@ctcak.net or Paula Payne at strongestwoman@yahoo.com
Phone: Anita Smyke at 907-253-7638
Address: P.O. Box 71, Cordova, Alaska 99574

How to donate: Donations can be made for the piano or Cordova Arts and Pageants general fund by sending a check to P.O. Box 71, Cordova, AK 99574.

Prince William Sound Science Center

The Prince William Sound Science Center is a nonprofit research organization that aims to connect science to the community’s cultural, social and economic needs. Donations to PWSSC help them get “boots on the ground, boats in the water and students in the field 12 months per year.” PWSSC is currently running a holiday membership special. If you purchase a membership of $25 or more by Dec. 22, you will receive 25 percent off a selection of holiday gift packs (while supplies last). Any donation at any level will receive a PWSSC membership.

Website: pwssc.org
Address: P.O. Box 705, Cordova, Alaska 99574

How to Donate: Tax deductible donations can be made online or in person at PWSSC’s location on Breakwater Avenue, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. PWSSC is also on Amazon Smile.

Cordova Volunteer Fire Department

Cordova Volunteer Fire Department’s motto is “Any time. Any Place. Any Need.” The organization has two paid employees and about 40 volunteers that work together to provide 24/7 fire and ambulance services for the community. In addition to trainings 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, the department offers various classes throughout the year. Behind the scenes the CVFD team writes grants for new equipment, keep everything up to date to meet state and federal mandates, and stands by at community events in case of emergency. Donations to the fire department go directly to the training and equipment that could one day save your life.

Website: facebook.com/CordovaAKFire
Address: P.O. Box 304, Cordova, Alaska 99574

How to Donate: Tax-deductible donations can be made by check to Cordova Volunteer Fire Department and mailed to CVFD’s P.O. Box or dropped off at the fire department at 602 Railroad Ave. 

Cordova 4-H Clubs

Cordova’s 4-H Club has two music programs that promote youth involvement in music year-round. The winter 4-H club includes Morning Music — free music lessons before school on Thursdays and Fridays at Mt. Eccles Elementary School for kindergarten to sixth graders, fifth and sixth grade guitar classes in the school for every student, and occasional junior high and high school events during the school year. The winter music program uses donations to help fund the fifth and sixth grade guitar classes and to maintain the instruments they provide for the kids. They also accept in-kind donations of strings, tuners and instruments. The summer Cordova 4-H music camp is a week-long music camp for ages six to adult. Donations to their scholarship fund are welcome.

Winter 4-H facebook.com/Winter4H
Music Camp cordovamusiccamp.org
Winter 4-H: Belle at bellemickelson@gmail.com
Music Camp: cordovabluegrass@gmail.com
Winter 4-H: Belle at 907-424-5143
Music Camp: Melani at 907-253-6455
Address: P.O. Box 1053, Cordova, Alaska 99574

How to Donate: Donations can be made to either program by sending a check to Cordova 4-H’s P.O. Box. Please designate which program you would like your donation to go to.

Alaska Hummingbird Project

The Alaska Hummingbird Project Inc. conducts research, promotes conservation and provides educational outreach on hummingbirds in Alaska. AHP’s work expands understanding of hummingbird natural history and population dynamics throughout their range. Donations to AHP go directly to banding equipment and travel expenses for continued education, networking and unique banding opportunities. The AHP also accepts in-kind donations of hummingbird feeders and stands, pure cane sugar and other basic supplies. Contact AHP for their hummingbird banding ‘wish list.’

Website: facebook.com/alaskahummingbird
Email: alaskahummingbird@yahoo.com
Phone: 907-573-2006
Address: P.O. Box 561, Cordova, Alaska 99574

How to Donate: Tax deductible donations can be made by check to Alaska Hummingbird Project’s P.O. Box. Donors will be mentioned in the AHP’s lectures as project supporters.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library is a nonprofit that supports the Cordova Public Library and its programs for children and adults. Proceeds go toward programs that library staff put on for the community and equipment needed by the library. Friends of the Library is currently raising funds to create an interactive garden for families and children, with a sitting bench, bird feeders and a fairy garden, in memory of Sally Campbell – a longtime librarian who recently passed away.

Website: facebook.com/Friends-of-the-Cordova-Public-Library-170586226294516/

How to Donate: Tax-deductible donations can be made in person at the library in the Cordova Center.

Cordova Historical Society

The mission of the Cordova Historical Society is to preserve the past for Cordova’s future. Along with maintaining the exhibits in the permanent galleries, the society cares for over 9,000 artifacts and photographs — sharing them with the public, researchers and school children. Donations and memberships to the society support the care and conservation of these artifacts. Becoming a member helps financially, and shows potential grant funders the extent of community support for the society.

Email: mailto:museum@cordovamuseum.org
Phone: 907-424-6665
Address: P.O. Box 391 Cordova, AK 99574

How to Donate: Tax-deductible donations can be made in person at the museum in the Cordova Center.