October 2013 

Vol 5, Issue 10



United Way Connects
No need for a costume this year...
Happy Halloween!  We hope you enjoy a ghoulishly good day today.  There is no need to wear a costume and, if anybody asks why you didn't, simply say "I'm a Superhero for United Way!" and explain how you give, act or volunteer for the community.

Thank you to NOVA Chemicals and WorleyParsons Cord for submitting articles for this newsletter. We always welcome you to share fun or interesting ways you are engaging with United Way, so please keep those ideas coming. 
Half way through the Community Campaign, we announced that just over $1,000,000 of the $2.25 million campaign goal has been raised.

While campaign is on track with last year, the Campaign Cabinet volunteers, Employee Campaign Chairs, community volunteers and staff are hard at work ensuring we can raise the additional $1,250,000 needed this year to reach the campaign goal.

For more details on the campaign's progress, click here.
The WorleyParsons Cord Blackfalds Yard hosted a United Way Kick Off BBQ on September 26 to mark the start of their workplace campaign for 2013. This is the first time this location has hosted a full campaign. "The buzz and excitement in the yard regarding the campaign has been building. We are so pleased to be able to work with United Way and support the good work that they do," stated Belinda Davies, Workplace Campaign Chair, site Human Resources Adviser, and United Way Board of Directors Vice President.

Workplace Campaign volunteers have been selling tickets to the event since September 9 and have so far raised over $1,530.00. The yard's campaign ends on November 1 and the committee has been working hard to raise even more for United Way and the community.

getinvolved2Help Determine Where Your Donation Will Have An Impact  
We are looking for emerging and experienced community leaders to assist with deciding how United Way invests in our community. Those who are interested in volunteering from January to March and want to get to know agencies better can become a Priority Impact Team (PIT) member. Volunteers will be asked to review applications and speak with agency staff to ensure that requests align with United Way's community investment framework. PIT members will then recommend funding allocations to the Community Impact Council (CIC).

If this is something that interests you, please contact Lori Jack, Community Impact Development Officer, at 403.343.3900 or lori.jack@cauntiedway.ca.

To see the full job description, click here.
 
Join us on November 15, 2013 and support the community while cheering on the Red DSockey Night - Red Deereer Rebels when they take on the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7:00 PM. United Way staff and volunteers will be at the game selling socks, which can then be thrown onto the ice during second intermission. The socks and donations are collected and distributed back out into the community to keep those in need warm over the winter months.

Last year, over 1600 socks were donated and over $11,000 raised towards the Community Campaign. 
thankstoyoursupportECC Training Participants
With Campaign in full swing, we wanted to recognize all the Employee Campaign Chairs (ECCs) who took advantage of our 4 training sessions to learn the basics of running a workplace campaign or to brainstorm new ideas of how to get fellow employees more engaged.

Left to right: Verla Wills - Scottsville Group of Companies, Shari Hanson - Government of Alberta, Anna Thomsen - Proverus Llp, Samuel Ares - DOW Chemical Canada, Penny Beraskin - Government of Alberta 

Thank you to;
Andrea Dar - Southside Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Anna Thomsen - Proverus Llp, Belinda Davies - Worley Parsons Cord Ltd., Betty Ann Bakker - Pepsi Beverage Co., Brittany Phillips - Canadian Western Bank, Carol Thomas - London Drugs, Della VanLaar - BMO Nesbit Burns, Diane Ganski - MNP, Doug Higham - London Drugs, Janice Gust - CNIB, Jessica Coates - Canadian Western Bank, Jill Griffith - Red Deer Public Library, Julia Holien - Ineos Canada Partnership, Kristi Rogers - Finning, Penny Beraskin - Government of Alberta, Samuel Ares - DOW Chemical Canada, Sandra Lefley - BMO Nesbit Burns, Shari Hanson - Government of Alberta, Susan Knock - ATB, Verla Wills - Scottsville Group of Companies. 
didyouknow Supporting The Entire Health Of The Comunity

Your donations help to support four counseling programs in Central Alberta. Whether an individual has been sexually abused, a couple is interested in addressing relationship issues, or a member of our Aboriginal community is looking to heal from their past experiences, there is a United Way funded service available to help. 

...that chronic stress in childhood can actually affect the way the brain develops? Chronic stress can lead to severe problems, such as learning disabilities and mental health issues later in life. This is why United Way is focused on helping kids to be all that they can be. Helping a child today can positively impact their health for life. United Way recently partnered with Alberta Family Wellness to share this important research with the Central Alberta community. To learn more, visit the Alberta Family Wellness website.
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In This Issue

Help Determine Where Your Donation Will Have An Impact

ECC Training Participants

Photo Of The Month

Mary's Story

Supporting The Entire Health Of The Community

Did You Know...?
savethedateSave The Date
November 13, 2013
Change Starts Here Bus Tour
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
United Way Office
4811 48 Street, Red Deer

November 15, 2013
Sockey Night in Red Deer 
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
NOVA Chemicals' superhero employees having fun during their Day of Caring at kcs
NOVA Chemical employees had a lot of fun and did a lot of good in September and October helping agencies in Central Alberta get some projects completed before winter. Dressed in their best United Way "Spirit of Community" red, they really made a statement. One employee even wore a Spiderman sweater, which was perfect because they were all being superheroes. This year, a total of 221 NOVA Chemicals' employees engaged in the United Way Day of Caring program helping 28 agencies with more than 40 projects.

Association of Communities Against Abuse offers a childhood abuse treatment program. For two years their staff worked with a ten year old girl named Mary*, who was sexually abused by her step father over a four year period. Mary was displaying many challenging behaviors at school, at home and in the community including nightmares, not eating, extreme moods, throwing things and generally being very disruptive. She received therapy on a weekly basis. while her mom and siblings met every second-week to talk about their feelings. In addition, strategies and support were offered to the school. The family, school and Mary are all pleased that she is feeling more in control, has fewer mood swings, and is more settled at school, thanks to the support of United Way funded agencies.

*Mary's name has been changed to protect anonymity.