June 2013 

Vol 5, Issue 6

United Way Connects
Albertans Stand Together     
Our thoughts are with our family, friends and colleagues who have been affected by the devastating floods that hit our region so quickly last week. We've heard some amazing and heartwarming stories about people who have been responding to the immediate and urgent need in these communities. Lucy Miller, CEO from United Way Calgary stated recently that they know that there will be a second wave of need for human care services and possibly a third in the coming months. There will be an on-going process of recovery for these areas for months to come, so we urge you to do what you can to support those people in need.

This is a wonderful province to live in, and it does warm our heart to see the compassion and caring people from all communities coming together to help in whatever way they can. 

For Central Alberta's servicing area, we were lucky that the situation did not develop to the extent that we thought it would. We've reached out to our agencies to see if they needed additional support to keep our most vulnerable citizens safe. They have done a great job during this crisis and we will continue to talk to them and provide additional support over the coming months.

To continue to support our Central Alberta community, our fundraising campaign continues to move forward.  We are kicking off this year's campaign with the 2013 Kick Off Luncheon.  Sheraton Hotels has stepped forward to be our Platinum Sponsor for this event. 

Tickets are on sale now through our on-line registration (click here).  To see additional sponsorship opportunities that are also available, click here.

Together We Raise Tomorrow is the title of the Alberta government's strategy to move more than 91,000 children out of poverty. Human Services Minister, Mr. Hancock was in Red Deer on June 18th to discuss the poverty reduction efforts occurring locally, regionally and provincially. Minister Hancock stressed that "government alone can't eliminate poverty" and "we can't buy poverty out of existence". Moving people out of poverty is a priority for United Way and we are an active member of the Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA). Research has shown that to reduce the number of citizens impacted by poverty and build a more vibrant community for all, charities must work collectively with business leaders, members of government and persons with lived experience. CAPRA is currently recruiting business leaders who want to get involved and make a difference. Contact Lori Jack if you want to learn more.
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Each year, we have the hard task of picking one
Marty Skinner presents Brenda Farwell with the Dalton Skinner Award
of our dedicated volunteers to present the Dalton Skinner Award to. This award is given for distinguished voluntary service to United Way of Central Alberta. This year, Brenda Farwell  was recognized for her length of service to United Way as well as her various  capacities within the organization, which consist  previous Vice President of the Board and her current role as the Community Impact Council (CIC) Chair. Congratulations Brenda on you award and thank you for all your hard work. 
United Way has partnered with Westerner Park once again to support the Kids Corral. On Friday, July 19 we need volunteers to fill two shifts (11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 8:30pm). Volunteers will have fun interacting with kids and helping with crafts, games and lots of fun! Volunteers will receive a free parking pass and free gate admission for July 19 and will also receive an additional parking pass, gate admission and VIP seating for the Pony Chuckwagon Races.

If the Kids Corral isn't your style, we've also partnered with the Mobile Movie Theatre on July 12. Volunteers are needed to help with gate admission and running the concession stand from 7:45pm - 10:45pm. Not only will you be helping raise money for United Way but you will also be increasing United Way's presence in the community.

If you're interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Carlee Beniot at carlee.benoit@caunitedway.ca or 403.343.3900.
While school has just wrapped up for most kids, United Way and Women's Outreach is beginning to collect school supplies for the up coming school year. A collection bin will be located at the United Way office.
  • Blue and red pens
  • HB and mechanical pencils
  • Dividers
  • Markers
  • Backpacks
  • Scientific calculators

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, more that 1,200 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to children who needed help.  

At our Annual General Meeting earlier this month, we were thrilled to thank our long standing volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the community through United Way of Central Alberta.
Awards are given to volunteers who have served United Way consecutively for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years. Thank you to:
Anto Davis - 3 years
Left to Right: Buck Buchanan, Robert Mitchell, Sherri Smith, and Rick Van Hemmen

Cathy Peacocke - 3 years
Sachi Kitazaki - 3 years
Theresa Huber - 3 years
Bill Blomfield - 5 years
Murray Cunningham - 5 years
Sherri Smith - 25 years!

For the past 25 years, Sherri has been a friendly face on the United Way Campaign Cabinet. With her years of experience, in 2011 Sherri stepped into the role of Campaign Co-Chair with Lars Rogers and led a campaign that raised over $1.9 million for Central Alberta. Her knowledge and experience has been an asset to the United Way team.
In addition to funding programs that support people with low or limited income to move out of poverty, we also forward donations of toiletries (ie: toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo and conditioner) and socks to agencies in our community that share these with individuals in need of these basic necessities.
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In This Issue

United Way Recognizes Long-Standing Volunteers

Photo Of The Month

Jane's Story

United Way Working To End Poverty

Did You Know...?
savethedateSave The Date
September 12, 2013
Kick Off Luncheon 
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
3310 50th Ave, Red Deer

November 18, 2013
Scotch Tasting Event
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Cork'd Taphouse and Grill
2325 50th Ave, Red Deer
photoofthemonthPhoto Of The Month
United Way employees from across Alberta gathered in Red Deer for the annual Province Wide meeting. This meeting helps staff learn from our colleagues, brainstorm new ideas and build a strong network of information.

Thank you to all our sponsors including RBC, SERVUS, Telus, The River 100.7, and the Osteoporosis Society of Canada for helping us make our colleagues feel so welcomed.
storyJane's Story  

About a year ago, 50 year old Jane* came to the Canadian Mental Health Association with a 7-year history of being transient and homeless across Canada. With the help of the Red Deer Housing Team, Jane found an apartment and began to make and keep appointments with mental health professionals, AISH and a family doctor. Jane has intentionally laid down roots in Red Deer. She has found a faith community and has become an active volunteer. In fact, Jane was a volunteer participant in this year's homeless count. What a difference a year and a supportive community can make. 

*Names have been changed to protect anonymity.
United Way Working To End Poverty
United Way is committed to helping people move out of poverty. Thanks to your support, the Red Deer Housing Team, a United Way funded program, was able to help more than 200 individuals and families find and maintain housing in 2012. Their focus on helping people increase their self-sufficiency and support individuals for one year as they strengthen their independent living skills.