January 2013 

Vol 5, Issue 1   




United Way Connects
It's a wrap! 
The campaign has closed for 2012, but the work is not over. Quite the contrary, as the Community Impact Council and Priority Impact Team volunteers are hard at work reviewing funding applications, scheduling agency visits and so much more.  It's wonderful to know that the money just raised is going to be invested in a few short months. 

A big thanks to everyone who supported this year's campaign through your financial contributions, your volunteer time, your leadership and wisdom.  We couldn't have done it without you!


newsflashUnited Way Campaign An Outstanding Success

United Way volunteers, supporters and staff gathered on Thursday, January 17 to celebrate the success of the 2012 Community Campaign. Central Albertans joined together and raised an astounding $2,115,067, an increase of 9% or $183,000 over last year's $1,932,000 achievement, exceeding the $1.99 million goal.

One of United Way's key success factors was the first ever Leadership Matching Challenge, which matched any new or increased personal donation of $1,000 or more. In total, new and increased Leadership donations totaled over $100,000 towards the campaign. Read more.

Applause.Community Builder Award Winners  
The 2012 Community Builder Awards are presented to supporters to recognize their dedication to Central Alberta.  Eligible organizations must show significant or sustained growth in their campaign regarding participation and/or financial investment, and must demonstrate commitment to building community awareness.  These four awards were presented to:

Sustained Growth:
Alberta Health Services
Ing & McKee Insurance Ltd.

Significant Growth:
Studon Electric and Controls Inc.
Scott Builders

getinvolvedHelp Support United Way Through Shop.ca
United Way has recently partnered with Shop.ca on a fun new initiative that supports your community and provides some great shopping rewards as well. Sign up with Shop.ca and in addition to receiving $25 off your first $100 purchase, for everyone that creates an account, United Way will receive $1. Click here to sign up! 

  
HowyoucanhelpDay of Caring
United Way Day of Caring connects volunteers to local non-profit organizations, and promotes volunteerism through community service. The agencies receive much-needed assistance, which allows them to focus their resources on those they serve.

So many companies and agencies are hard-pressed to keep up with the demand for goods, services and labour. Through Days of Caring,  companies and employees can truly make a difference by volunteering their time as well as their financial resources while creating a team building experience. Every hour that a person volunteers, and every project they help complete, translates into dollars that an agency can shift from its operations budget to client services.

If you or your company is interested in this initiative, please contact our office for current opportunities.
yourdollarsatworkWho Decides Where The Money Is Invested?.... You!
The Community Impact Council (CIC) is a standing committee that meets monthly to represent the community impact work that United Way is involved with. This includes the development of our Community Impact Priorities and determining how to invest the funds that are raised. Every year the CIC works closely with the volunteers of the Priority Impact Teams (PIT) to decide about how to allocate the monies that were raised. The PIT crews manage the application review process and make recommendations to the CIC who determine how financial resources will be invested. The knowledge, experience and commitment of these individuals ensures that your donations are invested in programs that will make a difference in our Central Alberta community.
thankyouWhat Your Donation Buys For Our Community

$50 - provides early developmental screening for 25 children to ensure that they are on track with their learning

 

$250 - provides 38 meals to individuals so that they can stay in their home

 

$750 - provides a 12 week parenting program


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In This Issue

Who Decides Where The Money Is Invested?... You!

Photo Of The Month

Kim's Story

What Your Donation Buys For Our Community

Did You Know...
savethedateSave The Date
May 7, 2013
United Way Town Hall
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Golden Circle
4620 47A, Red Deer

photoofthemonthPhoto of the Month

United Way donors, volunteers, agencies and staff joined together to celebrate this year's Campaign achievement.
storyKim's Story

Kim Skibsted is the first speech language pathologist in Canada who is blind. Despite losing her vision to diabetic retinopathy at age 25, Ms. Skibsted is a proud university graduate, home owner, and active volunteer in her community.

 

Skibsted attended a 10-week adjustment to vision loss program at CNIB, where she was taught skills that would aid her at work and at home. She learned how to read and write braille, type on a typewriter, and travel alone. With a CNIB guide she was even able to ski, skate and dance again. "When I was in the program, my whole life turned around," said Skibsted. "I realized that when you lose your vision, what you do doesn't change - only how you do it."

 

These days, along with her job as a speech language pathologist, Skibsted helps others understand and handle the challenges of vision loss. She often speaks to families and at local schools, and is the facilitator a support group for working-age people who are blind or partially sighted. That role has now extended to raising awareness about the risk factors and prevention methods of diabetic retinopathy. The message has never been more important, as 43,000 people are living with some form of diabetic retinopathy in Alberta; this figure is expected to increase by 61 per cent in the next 20 years.


didyouknowDid You Know...

United Way is supporting Big Brother Big Sisters mentoring programs in communities throughout Central Alberta.  2013 marks the 100th Anniversary for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. Congratulations to all the Central Alberta programs for making a difference in the lives of children and youth. For more information visit their website