Elders Residential Assistance Program
In 2015, CBSFA provided annual payments was increased to $4,000 (per household) to energy suppliers or housing entities on behalf of community elders age 55 and over. The annual payment was increased from $3,500 to $4,000 in 2014 to help alleviate the increasing cost of living in rural Alaska.
Elders and Community Subsistence Donations
Our residents continue to be affected by the rising cost of living in many ways. Subsistence resources have become increasingly important to offset these rising costs. CBSFA created the Elder Subsistence Halibut and Crab Donation Program, which disburses CBSFA’s halibut portions and crab to community elders twice a year. Seafood products are also donated to various community events.
Volunteer Tax Program
An annual contribution is made to the Alaska Business Development Center to provide on island tax preparation assistance for community members.
Our contribution helps the Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church with various costs.
Volunteer Fire Department
Our funding provides updated safety equipment, learning material, and fire truck accessories necessary for the department’s new recruits, safety training, and emergency response.
Payments are made to substance abuse treatment programs for CBSFA members.
Community Events and Programs
Funds and purchases are contributed to events such as 4th of July and Labor Day celebrations, and to utility costs for the recreational center.
CBSFA provides contributions to funeral arrangements for families of CBSFA members.
CBSFA helps create job opportunities, not only within the organization, but also through support of other entities within the community. In 2010, CBSFA began its support with a $20,000 contribution to the Tanadgisix Corporation’s Summer Youth Hire Program – a program that provides youth with opportunities and job-skill development. They also engage in our traditional and cultural ways through participating in the community subsistence fur seal harvests, learning the proper techniques involved with the collection of the subsistence product.
Since 2010, CBSFA has increased its funding support, making it possible for the employment of young adults between the ages of fourteen to eighteen during summer months.
EMS MedStat Ambulance
This off-road ambulance provides our Emergency Medical Service team the capability to respond to emergencies that may occur on the beaches or rough terrain. Our contribution covers the matching grant cost.
Tribal Government of St. Paul Island
Tribal Court: Monetary contribution supports administration costs necessary for the continuance of tribal court functions.
Job Training Center: In 2014, CBSFA contributed funding to provide necessary job equipment to reinforce job preparation, enhance workforce development, and introduce and support online learning through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In partnership with the St. Paul School and additional funding from CBSFA the Tribe will open another center that will be located at the school in 2015. This Career Resource Center will offer help from staff during and after regular business hours to help residents create customized career plans to become professionals or enter new fields of work.
Basic Hunter Education: Funding was provided in 2013 to purchase a Mossberg IHEA 5-Fun Training Set with travel case and Walker’s Sport Pack – Ear muffs and shooting glasses. The class will provide training in firearms safety and wildlife conservation as well as respect for our natural resources, landowners, and other hunters. A certified instructor will conduct the training class.
Tribal Government Unangam Tunuu Revitalization: Our contribution allows the youth to further build on their 2014 Unangam Tunuu Speaking, Listening, Teaching project. The Academy is a collaborative effort between local youth and elders, a regional Unangam Tunuu Revitalization team, and ‘Where Are Your Keys?’ educators.”
Lunax – Quick Response Vessel: Contributions help with the annual insurance and routine maintenance cost.
Public Tribal Dock: To further develop and upgrade the Saint Paul Harbor, CBSFA contributed a $500,000 match to a Denali Commission grant for a 60-foot dock. The dock will provide economic opportunities for the Bering Sea fishing fleet, our community, and Western Alaska.
Recreation Equipment and Supplies: CBSFA funding provides for various activities such as bicycle safety, paddle boarding, and movie nights.