Who We Help
Last year approximately 107,957 Central Abertans were helped through United Way. We support programs and projects in more than 50 towns and cities across our region.
The majority of our investments and partnerships are in programs and coalitions that are addressing the goals of our three Community Impact priority areas.
Education: Enabling Kids To Be All That Kids Can Be
We are supporting more than 5,000 children and youth with out of school programs and mentorship opportunities so that they have the tools they need to achieve their potential. In addition, we have been supporting several regional Early Childhood Mapping Coalitions in their efforts to address young children’s readiness for school.
Income: Moving People From Poverty To Possibility
We ensure that basic needs are met and support individuals and families as they move out of poverty. More than 19,000 individuals last year were supplied food, clothing and shelter to meet their basic needs. We are also a partner on the Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance to reduce the number of barriers that exist regarding poverty and participate in the Everyone’s Home initiative to end homelessness.
Wellness: Promoting Healthy People, Strong Communities
We are helping seniors and isolated individuals to maintain their independence and stay actively involved in their community. In addition we support community services that enhance personal well-being. Last year, 12,648 women and children in crisis accessed emergency housing and support services as they planned for their future. In addition, we have assisted several communities to engage their residents through newsletters or community bulletins. We are also involved in the development of the 211 system at both the local and provincial levels.
“United Way has given me, and other new immigrants like me, the opportunity to learn English and to build new, lasting friendships.”