The mission of AFACT is to work from the faith principles and values of the members, apply those values to community issues, and take democratic action to impact existing social structures for the common good of all citizens, particularly the poor and disenfranchised.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
AFACT provides training that develops emerging leaders in congregations across Anchorage. Donations from individuals through Pick.Click.Give. assure that the work of creating a democratically engaged faith community in Anchorage is supported by the local community. AFACT operates on a moderate budget with a small staff. The staff is equipped to train hundreds of emerging leaders in faith communities to address the issues faced by their own families in their own neighborhoods.
This year, AFACT members First Covenant church and Catholic Native Ministry held a town hall meeting attended by over 400 people to address lack of detox facilities in Anchorage. This month, AFACT held a prayer vigil called "Hope for Anchorage" in response to all of the violence experienced in our city. AFACT congregations are also working on local issues such as bicycle and pedestrian safety, crime, and neighborhood outreach. Two 4-day leadership trainings were also held and were attended by many new leaders from Anchorage and the Valley who learned about the model of Faith-based community organizing.
In 2015, AFACT worked tirelessly to bring Medicaid Expansion to Alaska. After two trips to Juneau, prayer rallies attended by over 400 people, and presentations about the facts of Medicaid, AFACT was able to celebrate the signing of Medicaid into law by the Governor.
In 2014, AFACT held an Assembly Candidate Forum attended by over 200 people who were able to ask questions of import to their community. AFACT also held a voter registration drive that registered 330 new voters.
In 2013, AFACT worked with local congregations on issues of access to health care, neighborhood safety, immigration reform, and youth empowerment.
In the words of AFACT leader, Gemma Gaudio, “What can I say about AFACT? As I look back, and continue to reflect on my own involvement, I see myself as the mustard seed that Jesus talked about in one of his parables. The tiniest of seeds, and yet when fully grown, becomes a huge tree that birds come to and build their nests. AFACT has nurtured that seed of faith in me and given me the skill to put my faith into action. Now I feel I could move mountains!”