The United Way of Central Alberta will invest almost $1.8 million in 48 programs throughout the region, a six-per-cent increase from last year.
Three new agencies received the funding this year — Cosmos Community Support Services, Family Services of Central Alberta and the Red Deer Native Friendship Society.
“We really want to celebrate the incredible work that’s happening in Central Alberta communities and together we’re able to help the most vulnerable people who need help the most,” said United Way of Central Alberta CEO Robert Mitchell.
This is the second year of a new funding model the United Way employs. In total, the United Way will invest $1,796,601.
According to a press release, two grants are available to any Central Alberta agency working in the social service sector for both small capital expenses and professional development.
“With so many agencies in Central Alberta that deserve the support of the United Way, it was very difficult for the volunteers to decide which programs would receive funding from United Way,” said Brenda Farwell, volunteer chair of the community impact council.
“In the end we know that we will be achieving the greatest impact with these investment decisions.”