July 2013 

Vol 5, Issue 7

United Way Connects
Excitement Is Heating Up      

...for all that is in store for the 2013 fall Campaign. Right now, we are creating some exciting opportunities for our loyal contributors and community members to get involved with supporting their community this year.


After we launch the Campaign on September 12th, the very next week we're holding our 2nd annual street hockey tournament. In early October, we have partnered with Cam Clark Ford to bring you a Drive 4 UR Community Event to Red Deer. In addition, throughout the month of October you will see many retail stores and restaurants promoting United Way Days, where a portion of their proceeds will be donated to United Way. Finally, our annual Rebels Sockey Night in Red Deer and Scotch tasting events will be taking place in November.


We can tell already that it's going to be an exciting fall campaign. To keep up to date on these community events and all that is happening with United Way, be sure to check our website www.caunitedway.ca, our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @Unitedway_CA.


By stepping forward to support our community through your volunteer efforts or financial support, you are a hero in our eyes 2012 Kick Off Luncheonand we want to celebrate the start of the 2013 Campaign with you. Join us for lunch on September 12th, where we promise there will be laughter and maybe some heartfelt tears from the powerful stories of those who have been helped. Tickets are now available for individuals or businesses at $50 per seat or $400 per table of eight. Tickets can be purchased here.
In addition to the Kick Off Luncheon, we will be hosting the annual Meinema Street Hockey Challenge this year, with proceeds supporting the 2013 United Way Campaign. On Friday, September 20th participants will gather at the Parkland Mall parking lot to compete in either the competitive or recreational division. Teams will be required to raise $400 in pledges which in turn will support 1 in 3 people in Central Alberta. Registration forms and more information can be found here.
Every year, United Way staff reach out to our agency counterparts to find those impactful stories that illustrate the power that United Way donors can have on someones life and every year we are inspired with the stories of triumph and success. This year, we have been fortunate to add several Client Ambassadors to our roster from a diverse range of agencies including:

Anas Al-Sammarraie - Central Alberta Refugee Effort
James Fraser - Central Alberta Safe Harbour Society
Jeff Dow - Canadian Paraplegic Association
Jenn McCrindle - Central Alberta Aids Network Society
Liuba Keeper - Central Alberta Refugee Effort
Moneybany Dav - Central Alberta Refugee Effort
Rachael Gabrielson - Big Brothers Big Sisters Lacombe

We also have our returning Client Ambassadors:

Barry Weatherall - CNIB
Carla Schneider - Canadian Mental Health Association
Daniel Delorme - CNIB
Erin Uscinski - kcs
Linda Shepherd - Golden Circle

Thank you to all the agencies and Client Ambassadors for sharing the inspirational work and stories that are made possible by United Way donors.
As we mentioned earlier, the Kick Off Luncheon is just around the corner and we wanted to remind everyone of the Jumpstart Program. When companies commit a corporate gift of $5,000 or more, they are publicly recognized at the Kick Off Luncheon, in front of over 400 people. This is great recognition for corporate support and is really easy to participate in. If you know your company will be contributing $5,000 or more, give our office a call at 403.343.3900 and we will add you into the program!
We know how important the Employee Campaign Coordinator (ECC) roll is to the success of a workplace campaign and we want to make sure that everyone has the support they need to be successful. This is why each year we provide ECC training. We not only cover the campaign fundamentals of running a campaign, but do some brainstorming around campaign themes and events.

We also provide training for ECCs who have more experience and want fresh ideas for their workplace.

For more information on training dates, click here.
As we mentioned earlier, we are gearing up for this year's Meinema Cup Street Hockey Challenge. Every year, it's the sponsors that help make this event a success by providing gift-in-kind and cash sponsorship. By supporting us, you are not only supporting this event, but are also ensuring that over 40 programs and services are available to Central Albertans. Last year alone, over 108,000 people accessed help from United Way funded partners. With your sponsorship, we will highlight your company as a supporter of the Meinema Cup Street Hockey Challenge, linking your brand with United Way's.

We would like to thank Parkland Mall for becoming a Silver Sponsor for this year's event.

For more information on this sponsorship opportunity, please see here.
Did you know that there are seven agencies offering affordable clothing to Red Deer citizens? Some of these programs offer clothing to entire families and others target working men or women. They collaborate with one another to ensure that the needs in the community are met. You can learn more about these programs by contacting them directly.
1. Bargain Treasures - 403.347.9711
2. Bibles for Missions Thrift Store - 403.340.2522
3. Dress for Success Central Alberta Women's Centre - 403.348.5831
4. Golden Circle's Nearly New Boutique - 403.343.6074
5. John Howard Society - 403.343.1770
6. Pregnancy Care Centre - 403.343.1619
7. Red Deer Community Clothing Service - 403.347.6909
8. Salvation Arny Thrift Store - 403.340.0625
didyouknowSupporting Children Every Day
Innisfail is a growing community with many families who have young children. A recent study has shown that 30% of children entering kindergarten in Innisfail are experiencing great difficulty in one or more areas of development. Your support allows these young families to receive assistance along their parenting journey, so that more children have the skills they need to succeed in life. At Envision Children First Family Centre, parents receive support and strategies to address the issues that come along with raising a family, while children explore, learn and have fun. Watching parents supporting each other is proof of the impact that the program has on building a better future.
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In This Issue

Partnering With United Way

Photo Of The Month

Christian's Story

Supporting Children Every Day

Did You Know...?
savethedateSave The Date
August 14, 2013
New Employee Campaign
Coordinator Training

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
United Way Boardroom
4811 48 Street, Red Deer

September 12, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
3310 50th Ave, Red Deer

September 19, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
United Way Boardrom
4811 48 Street, Red Deer

September 20, 2013
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Parkland Mall parking lot
67th Street & 7 Gaetz Ave,
Red Deer

September 24, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
United Way Boardroom
4811 48 Street, Red Deer

October 10, 2013
New Employee Campaign
Coordinator Training

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
United Way Boardroom
4811 48 Street, Red Deer

November 15, 2013
Sockey Night in Red Deer 
Enmax Centrium
4847A 19 Street, 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
Envision Family First
Paige (left) and her mom Cyndy (right) working on a craft project together at Envision Children First Family Centre.

storyChristian's Story  

Kim shared that her son, Christian isn't always accepted. "It can be hard to go to play grounds and parent groups." The Envision Children First Centre, a United Way funded agency, in Innisfail is a place where they feel welcomed by other parents and staff. Although it can be difficult for Christian to share toys or wait his turn, the only way to learn is by playing with other children. "Before the Centre opened, we would walk the mall which isn't really helping him learn to get along with others." 


Daniel playing with trains while at Envision Children First Centre. 

Lyndi shared these sentiments. As a young mom, she felt judged by others. At Envision, Lyndi and her two children can play and make friends. "We just don't feel cooped up when we have a place to go and be with friends." Daniel age 2 said it best - "I love play time and trains!"