United Way values the commitment of each and every person who donates their time and expertise to the many volunteer groups that contribute to United Way of Central Alberta’s success.
There are many ways that you can contribute your time and expertise to help make this region stronger. Here are some of the committees and areas where we would warmly welcome your time and talent:
Board of Directors — Year Round, but usually recruits in the summer
The general Position Description for the Board can be viewed here Board Member Position Description-final
Campaign — May – December
The Campaign Cabinet is a high profile, volunteer opportunity for leaders in the community. The cabinet is divided into 11 divisions that each set goals for reaching out to the community. The cabinet meets regularly from May to the end of December in order to plan and execute the campaign. The volunteer commitment required for this committee runs from May – December.
Account Executives and Canvassers
The Cabinet is supported by dozens of Account Executives (AEs), Employee Campaign Chairs (ECCs) and canvassers that help the Cabinet achieve its goals and objectives. These volunteer roles specialize or focus in an area, such as auto dealers, bankers, etc. This is an excellent opportunity to see how the fundraising campaign works, and in most cases, requires less commitment than other volunteer roles.
Each year, thousands of organizations host a workplace campaign for United Way. When employees are focused on planning and running the annual campaign, they work together and learn about the community and a gain a positive experience from supporting their community. Strong employee morale and teamwork are the extra benefits of running a United Way campaign. United Way of Central Alberta is embracing a new strategic plan, and is transitioning from our origin as fundraiser / funder to being a “builder of extraordinary communities”.
Investment of Funds — Year Round
Community Impact Council
The Community Impact Council (CIC) invests the funds that are raised each year. This is a permanent committee of the United Way of Central Alberta (UWCA). The Council represents the community impact work of the UWCA and decides how to best invest the funds in critical areas of need. Members meet 10 to 12 times each year, with additional hours from January to April. You are an integral part of making a difference to our community. For more details review the Community Impact Council VPD. See Who We Help for more information on all that we do in the community.
Priority Impact Teams
Priority Impact Team (PIT) members are directly involved with the agencies that United Way of Central Alberta (UWCA) funds. There are three PIT crews for each of UWCA priority areas – Education, Income and Wellness. PIT crews review applications to ensure that the requests align with the UWCA community investment framework. As a PIT member, you will visit agencies, review their applications and recommend funding allocations to the Community Impact Council. Members attend approximately 2 meetings per month from January to April with additional visits to agency sites. You get to see firsthand the needs that are in Central Alberta and make a difference in our community. For more details review the PIT Crew position. See Who We Help for more information on all that we do in the community.
Administration — Year Round
We rely on generous volunteers to help us manage the millions of details that going into preparing for the campaign. You can volunteer for a couple of hours a week, every week, or according to your schedule. We will sit down with you to identify how you wish to contribute your time and talent, then find something that will suit your needs.
Days of Caring — Year Round
Agencies and business can share in the wonders of working together to make this region stronger. United Way Days of Caring bring volunteers together with agency staff and volunteers to fix things, provide guidance around financial reporting, or to share other areas of knowledge and skills. See Days of Caring for more details on how you can make a difference.
If you are interested in volunteering with United Way in any of these ways, please contact the office at email@example.com or call 403-343-3900.