Who We Help
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.”
Jane’s Story - every month we publish a story in our newsletter, here’s an example
“Jane,” (name changed) a 35-year old woman with two children, had been involved in a domestically violent relationship with her common-law partner in a rural Central Alberta town.
Jane finally decided it was time to leave and took her children to the Women’s Shelter. There she was able to contact Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Services, a United Way funded agency. Support staff met with her and began to assist her in planning for a healthier family life, with hopes to one day return to their community safely.
She participated in programs and received the support she needed, including housing at Juliettas Place. Outreach staff provided Jane emotional support, assistance in clarifying her options, and locating legal, financial and psychological resources for herself and her children. Staff accompanied her to court regarding custody and access issues and assisted her when her partner found her and began to stalk and threaten her.
Although Jane’s partner continues to harass her, Jane says that she feels as prepared as she can be because she has rebuilt her supports in her community. Her son sleeps through the night and her daughter is no longer afraid to bring her friends home anymore.
The family is beginning to develop a sense of peace and order.