August 2013 

Vol 5, Issue 8

United Way Connects
Become a Superhero for Change      

That's right, you heard it here first. Our campaign theme recognizes that we are all heroes in our community, whether we donate our time or our money to the causes we are the most passionate about.  You don't have to have the name Batman or Spiderman to do heroic things to help others.  


In only two short weeks, we kick off our community campaign, so if you haven't purchased your tickets to join a group of heroes for lunch, please do it now. 


You'll be seeing our team of staff and volunteers dropping off your campaign materials over the next few weeks, so if you have any special requirements, please give us a call.   


We are also still looking for a few teams to fill our street hockey tournament that takes place on Friday, September 20th. More information can be found here .


We look forward to the busy few months and weeks ahead.  Thank you for becoming heroes for change!  

With the Campaign just around the corner and many exciting events happening soon, we wanted to let you know that there are many ways in which you can stay connected with United Way. In addition to our website, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the most up-to-date information on what's happening with United Way of Central Alberta and your community.

Twitter: @Unitedway_CA

During Campaign, United Way staff and volunteers rally together to create some fun, entertaining and powerful events for the community. This includes our Kick Off Luncheon, Meinema Cup Street Hockey Tournament, Sockey Night in Red Deer and the annual Scotch Tasting. We would not be able to host these successful events if it weren't for the amazing volunteers that meet on a regular basis and work hard to ensure it all happens.

Kick Off Luncheon Committee:
Vanessa Elliot - Servus Credit Union (Chair)
Trish Rasmussen - Servus Credit Union

Meinema Cup Street Hockey Tournament:
Linda Wilson - Corquest/Leadership Centre - (Chair)
Bill Musselman - Investors Group Financial Services
Frank Somer - Investors Group Financial Services
James Pearce - Phoenix Rentals
Kevin Schropfer - RE/MAX Real Estate Central Alberta

There are other special event committees looking for volunteers. For more information, please contact our office at 403.343.3900.
We know that many workplaces allow casual Fridays but what if you could be helping your community at the same time?

Dress This Way for United Way is a promotion where employees can purchase a sticker for $2 (or an amount appropriate for the workplace) that explains that employees are "Dressed This Way for United Way." There are many workplaces that have implemented this initiative year-round and employees must sport the sticker in order to wear jeans or their favorite jersey around the office.

Stickers are available at the United Way office.
In addition to supporting nonprofits financially, United Way also connects workplaces with agencies for volunteer opportunities. On August 16, employees from Acklands Grainger assembled at the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society (CAANS) office to provide some much needed help on office renovations. Staff were impressed with the work that the volunteers did in a short amount of time. The front of the office received a facelift and the inside was re-arranged to provide more confidential services to clients.
Acklands Grainger DOC
Left to right: Tyler Key, Safety Specialist, Brian Kirdeikis, Regional Sales Manager, Kristin Mountain, United Way of Central Alberta, Candice, CAANS, Graham Mihaychuk, Account Manger, Michael Freed, District Sales Manager.

In addition to the substantial investments that United Way made to 30 agencies and 47 programs, we also support the capacity of nonprofit organizations by offering Professional Development and Capital & Equipment grants to ANY registered charity providing social services in Central Alberta. Together we are improving lives and building strong, resilient communities.
didyouknowSupporting Children Every Day
Your donation to United Way of Central Alberta helps kcs Association staff who provide early developmental screening for children in their community and ensures that services and supports are put in place for children who have delays and their families. This organization also supports youth with disabilities in their transition to adulthood by exploring volunteer and work opportunities that match their strengths and weaknesses. Thanks to your support kcs Association is able to ensure that youth with disabilities have the opportunity to be fully engaged in their community.
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Photo Of The Month

Farewell To Erin

Supporting Children Every Day

Did You Know...?
savethedateSave The Date
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 4, 2013
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cam Clark Ford Dealership
417 Lantern 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
Left to right: Verla Wills, Scottsville Group of Companies, Shari Hanson, Government of Alberta, Anna Thomsen, Proverus Llp, Samuel Ares, MEGlobal, Penny Beraskin, Goverment of Alberta
Employee Campaign Coordinators gathered at the United Way office on August 14 to receive some training and brainstorming to support successful workplace campaigns.

It is with great sadness that we share that Erin Usciski passed away recently. Erin was a dedicated volunteer for United Way for several years. She visited many workplaces, bravely sharing her story of the challenges their family faced in discovering her eldest son, Simon, had Autism and the importance of finding caring, skilled support services at kcs Association in Sylvan Lake. Erin was a strong, dynamic, giving woman and a loving mother of her two boys.