To be recognized as a trusted leader and partner in building strong resilient communities.
To improve lives and build community through engagement and mobilized collective action.
What We Do
- Invest in a wide array of human service agencies that help local people transition from dependence to independence, and improve their quality of life.
- Work with community partners to find long-term solutions to social issues.
- Provide leadership and support to the non-profit sector, helping agencies operate more effectively and make the best use of resources.
- Provide a way for people to get involved in the community and make a difference.
United Way Central Alberta Staff Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
United Way is helping residents of Central Alberta reach more people in our community and change lives for the better.
This important work is continuous and well-demonstrated in many of United Way’s activities – building partnerships, engaging volunteers, creating new opportunities, leveraging and investing resources, and collaborating with others to build community solutions.
The result is positive and lasting impact for thousands of individuals and families and a healthier and stronger community for everyone.
Who We Help
- Funding and support are provided to over 30 agencies and programs in Central Alberta. Our geographic region stretches from Ponoka to Olds & Sundre and from Nordegg to Stettler.
Kim’s Story – we publish a story every month in our newsletter, here’s one example
Kim Skibsted is the first speech language pathologist in Canada who is blind. Despite losing her vision to diabetic retinopathy at age 25, Ms. Skibsted is a proud university graduate, home owner, and active volunteer in her community.
Skibsted attended a 10-week adjustment to vision loss program at CNIB, where she was taught skills that would aid her at work and at home. She learned how to read and write braille, type on a typewriter, and travel alone. With a CNIB guide she was even able to ski, skate and dance again. “When I was in the program, my whole life turned around,” said Skibsted. “I realized that when you lose your vision, what you do doesn’t change – only how you do it.”
These days, along with her job as a speech language pathologist, Skibsted helps others understand and handle the challenges of vision loss. She often speaks to families and at local schools, and is the facilitator a support group for working-age people who are blind or partially sighted. That role has now extended to raising awareness about the risk factors and prevention methods of diabetic retinopathy. The message has never been more important, as 43,000 people are living with some form of diabetic retinopathy in Alberta; this figure is expected to increase by 61 per cent in the next 20 years.