- Message from the Program Manager
- Celebrate Tis the Season with Corvias Military Living
- Corvias Office Hours for Christmas Holiday
- Resident Survey Winner gets $500
- Refer a Friend to Live on Eielson & Win $300
- Corvias Employees Give Back
- Earn Big Money for College!
- Free Daycare at Bassett Army Medical Center
- Donate to Anderson Elementary Blanket Drive
- Vacation Planning for your Home
- Green Corner
- Upcoming Events and Important Dates
For most people the Christmas season brings about visions of home baked treats, crackling fireplaces, time spent catching up with relatives and presents under the Christmas tree. For those serving in the military it may be impossible to enjoy all of the traditions and pageantry normally associated with the holidays. If you are spending Christmas away from home this holiday season, here are a couple of suggestions for making the best of your Alaskan Christmas.
Try something new
Do something you could never do at home for Christmas. For instance take a dip in the Chena Hot Springs, go ice fishing or stay up late to watch the Northern Lights. Alaska offers a lot of activities that most Americans will never experience.
Reduce the stress of long lines, crowded stores and finding the perfect gift by shopping online. Alaska is remote, but that doesn’t mean your shopping has to be limited. Most online shopping sites will include gift wrapping, free shipping and ensure that the item reaches its destination by Christmas.
Finding unique presents for relatives and friends is easier than you think. Surprise someone on Christmas morning with an Alaska-specific gift purchased from a local retailer. Fairbanks has a lot of specialized shops that sell Alaskan jewelry, gifts, food, fur, and other knick knacks.
The ability to communicate globally has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 20 years. You no longer have to be alone during the holidays. Skype and other teleconference software is a great way to reconnect with friends and family. Teleconferencing can give you the chance to share holiday events and talk face-to-face.
Christmas time is ripe with opportunities for giving back to the local community. Volunteer, donate, serve, or smile at a stranger. Nothing lifts a person’s spirits like helping someone else, especially during the holidays.
We at Corvias Military Living wish everyone a happy holiday and a joyous new year. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call us at 907-372-2300 or stop by the Community Office.
Corvias Military Living
Come join Corvias Military Living and celebrate Tis the Season at the Eielson AFB movie theater on Thursday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. with a showing of the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy “Elf.” The event will include free food at the concessions stand and door prizes. The event is free to all base residents. RSVP the number of people in your party to Eielson@Corvias.com before December 15.
The Corvias Community Office at Eielson Air Force Base will have limited office hours on December 24 and will be closed on December 25, Christmas Day. The office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Corvias maintenance staff will be on call throughout the holiday. Please contact 907-372-2302 for all maintenance and emergency issues. For additional information, please call 907-372-2300 or stop by the Community Office
One lucky Eielson AFB resident has won a $500 visa gift card for participating in the annual Corvias Military Living resident survey. Congratulations to Tyler Jenkins. Corvias’ goal is to provide the best homes, community, service and value to our customers. Your feedback from the survey will allow us to better meet your needs as we go into 2015.
Helping others get quality homes has never been easier. Beginning 27 November anyone who refers a friend to live on base can receive a $300 gift card from Corvias Military Living! Base housing is now open to federal employees, National Guard, reservists, retired military and retired federal employees. See your Community Office, located at 354 Broadway Street, Amber Hall, Suite 215 or call 907-372-2300 for details.
In partnership with Corvias Foundation, Corvias employees are the backbone of the Foundation’s Adopt-A-Charity program. It begins with employees volunteering their time and selecting a local charity to support. The charity guides the scope of work to be accomplished during one or more work days, and the volunteer committee makes it happen.
These efforts take place outside of work hours and are entirely a volunteer commitment. The Corvias volunteer team from Fort Bragg spent three Saturdays during October working at the Warrior Transition Battalion Tranquility Garden (located across from the Soldier Support Center). From weeding and spreading new mulch, to building picnic tables and securing more shade cover for the large outdoor space, Team Bragg poured their heart and soul into the job.
Corvias Foundation is proud to partner with these employees as they demonstrate Corvias Group’s commitment to generously give back to the communities in which we live and serve.
Are you the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college? Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications available online.
Military personnel and their spouses can receive up to 2 hours of free child care during medical appointments at Bassett Army Community Hospital on Fort Wainwright.
Teddy’s Child Watch is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the main floor of Bassett Hospital. Parents can enroll children from ages 6 months to 12 years old into the program.
Children must be pre-registered prior to their first appointment. Bring a copy of your child’s shot record to register. Reservations are strongly encouraged and walk-ins are based on space availability. You can contact Teddy’s Watch at 907-361-5612 or Fairbanks@akasymcs.
The child care is strictly for parents attending medical appointments. This enables parents to focus on their health while their children are safe and entertained. The program is open to all branches of the military. Teddy’s Child Watch is provided as a service by the Armed Services YMCA.
Anderson Elementary is accepting donations of new, homemade or slightly used blankets throughout the month of December for military children. Small wool blankets or blankets that can be cut down to child size are ideal. Donations can be dropped off at the Anderson Elementary office at 786 Kodiak Street, Eielson AFB.
Tips to remember before you leave for vacation: stop by your community office to update your contact information, and sign up for the house watch program. No one likes a surprise when they get back from vacation. As a part of the program, a resident can schedule a maintenance team member to check on your home while they are gone. The house watch program is for absences of 10 days or longer. Another vacation tip is to clean your fridge of foods that may spoil, empty the trash, and leave an inside light on. Also don't leave valuables, vehicles or recreational equipment unsecured outside.
If everyone in America recycled wrapping paper on Christmas day it would save 1 million extra tons of trash. If you have to buy new wrapping paper, go for the kind without glossy metallic coating. It is easier to recycle.
Get the latest events, news, and updates on Corvias Military Living’s Eielson AFB Family Housing Page at https://www.facebook.com/CorviasMilitaryLivingEielson.
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
Christmas – Dec 25
New Year’s Eve – Dec 31