Thirty-nine programs benefit from more than $1M from United Way

United Way of Central Alberta will be investing $1.03 million into 39 community programs in Central Alberta in 2016-17.

United Way of Central Alberta will be investing $1.03 million into 39 community programs in Central Alberta in 2016-17.

The 2015 community fundraising campaign raised a total of $2.3 million which includes money collected after the Touchdown Breakfast in January.

The $2.3 million, along with grants and other donations, allowed the United Way to invest $2,430,523 into community programs and services. The money goes towards the 211 information referral services, a new legacy fund, small grants to agencies, community activities and the 39 programs.

Robert Mitchell, United Way executive director, said it’s been three years since the local United Way started providing three-year-funding which gives stability to the organizations and provides better outcomes.

“I would say it’s been very successful. I think that’s a testament to the great agencies we have in Central Alberta. We’re able to fund them three years at a time without any issues. That shows the strengths of the organizations,” Mitchell said on Wednesday.

A total of $363,727 million will go to programming for youth and children, $374,603 to reduce poverty and $562,670 for wellness.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH

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l Family Wellness and Bashaw Out-of-School programs with Bashaw & District Support Services.

l In-School Mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe.

l Mentoring program with Ponoka and Rimbey with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka.

l Mentoring programs with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer & District.

l Camp Alexo and After School Kids Clubs with Boys & Girls Club of Red Deer.

l Butt Ugly Core program with Butt Ugly Anti Tobacco Program Society.

l Co-ordinator with Innisfail Family Centre.

l Big Brothers Big Sisters caseworker and Rainbow program at Heartland Youth Centre.

l Early Learning for young children and Work Readiness for youth with disabilities with kcs Association (formerly Sylvan Lake Kindercare).

l Think Social program and Summer Day Camp with Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta.

l Out-of-School program and Rimbey Boys and Girls Club at Ponoka Youth Centre Association.

l Out-of-School program, Summer Day Camps and Tween Scene with Rocky Youth Development Society.

POVERTY REDUCTION

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l Buffalo Housing First program and Red Deer Housing Team with Canadian Mental Health Association.

l Employment Support for Skilled Immigrants with Central Alberta Refugee Effort Committee.

l Julietta’s Place with Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society.

l Career Connections with Cosmos Group of Companies.

l ABC program with Family Services of Central Alberta.

l Client intake and liaison at John Howard Society of Red Deer.

l Aboriginal Community Resource Room project with Red Deer Native Friendship Centre Society.

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WELLNESS

l Childhood abuse treatment and preventative education with the Association of Communities Against Abuse.

l Home support at Bashaw & District Support Services.

l Wrap for Life program at Canadian Mental Health Association.

l Individual and family counselling at Catholic Social Services.

l Harm Reduction and Rural program at Turning Point (formerly Central Alberta AIDS Network Society).

l Many Healing Blankets program at Central Alberta’s Safe Harbour Society for Health & Housing.

l Client support services at CNIB.

l Co-ordinator for the Domestic Relationship Violence Initiative Committee.

l Client services with the Epilepsy Association.

l Counselling services at Family Services of Central Alberta.

l Outreach program at Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre.

l Meals program for Meals on Wheels Red Deer.

l Partnership education and family support programs with the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta.

l Counselling services with Shalom Counselling.

l Community development and systemic change, and rehabilitation support and service co-ordination with Spinal Cord Injury Association.

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

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