October 2015 

   Vol 7, Issue 10 

United Way Connects

busyBusy on All Fronts
Although we are in the thick of this year's campaign, there's still lots going on at United Way Central Alberta.

For instance, we are about to issue grant application forms to those charities that are eligible for funding in our Education focus area "to enable kids to be all they can be." These applications are returned in early December, and the investment process begins in January.

We also continue to work on expanding the 211 phone line service across our region by talking to municipal and provincial partners, and are in the final stages of a regional feasibility study (more details about that in the future).

But of course, as campaign reaches top gear, we are pretty focused on bringing in the donations that will fund the new Education programs and 211 expansion efforts. The 6th annual Sockey Night in Red Deer is just completed and the 5th annual Scotch Classic event is just around the corner (Nov 19th). NOVA Chemicals has already wrapped up their campaign and announced an amazing $709,863 contribution to the 50th Anniversary campaign, and reported that 276 employees have volunteered for a Day of Caring.™

We look forward to seeing you on the United Way Campaign Trail!
CityofRDCity of Red Deer Walking the Talk

When the very first "United Fund" campaign began in 1965, City of Red Deer Employees jumped on board to begin what's now a 50 year solid relationship. United Way Central Alberta records show that civic employees, along with the public-service sector donated $17,000 of the year's $64,000 total.

To this day, City of Red Deer campaign support remains solid - just ask Char Rausch. Char is the City's Corporate Events Specialist and has been involved in the City's United Way campaign for the past 30 years.

Read the Full Article

City of Red Deer Kick-Off Dunk Tank 


NOVANOVA Chemicals Employees Celebrate Campaign Wrap-up

On October 28th, hundreds of NOVA Chemicals' employees congregated to unveil their campaign achievement for 2015. A landmark total of $709,863 was raised by employees and a corporate dollar-for-dollar match (up to a maximum of $5,000). 


This financial achievement was made possible with 598 employees making a contribution to the campaign, most through payroll deductions. In addition to direct financial contributions, 276 NOVA employees also contributed hundreds of volunteer hours through United Way Day of Caring™ to support over 40 local agencies.  


Campaign Co-Chair Craig Curtis was on hand to accept the cheque and responded to this amazing achievement by stating, "NOVA Chemicals is a shining example of a corporation with a social heart!".  


We can't agree more, and on behalf of the entire community, extend our thanks to each and every NOVA Chemical employee who made this achievement happen.



povertytopossibilityMoving People from Poverty to Possibility
Most of us experience some stress when managing our personal finances. It can be overwhelming to know how to budget, manage money, understand the banking industry, be wary of fraud, understand mortgages and loans, credit and debt management, saving and investing, insurance, prepare tax filing and plan for retirement!

To be financially literate means that you know how to do all of this and more. At United Way we recognized that many people in our community need assistance to become more financially literate so we have invested funds in the Agencies Building Community through Financial Literacy or the ABC Program.

The program builds the capacity of front line service providers to address the financial challenges of vulnerable clients, ensuring they have the financial capabilities to:
1) Make Ends Meet
2) Keep Track of Finances
3) Choose Financial Products
5) Plan Ahead
5) Get Help. 

One client shared:
This sounds silly, but I have stopped buying nail polish and shoes... counted that I have 35 pairs of shoes and I realize I do not need any more! I have spent the last two years feeling sorry for myself because my husband and I used to make a lot of money and then we both lost our jobs. As a result of this course, I feel hope and am looking to the future instead of the past.  And... I got a job!

Change is... moving people from poverty to possibility.

PITvolunteersneededGet Involved
Are you a passionate individual with a strong sense of what will help your community grow and prosper? Then we need you!

We are looking for volunteers to join one of our Priority Impact Teams (PIT) -- the important people who
recommend how United Way should invest donor dollars.

It's a great way to learn about your community and the impact that United Way has in building strong, resilient communities.

Make a difference by becoming a PIT crew member today!

SockeySockey Night in Red Deer Helps Keep Toes Toasty This Winter
United Way's Sockey Night in Red Deer, presented by GCS Energy was another great success!

Now in its 6th year, Rebels fans look forward to purchasing socks at the game or bringing their own new socks to throw onto the ice. United Way volunteers collect the socks and distribute them to multiple partner agencies, including Safe Harbour, John Howard Society, Women's Outreach, Central Alberta AIDS Network and Canadian Mental Health Association.

In addition to the sock contributions, all the money raised goes towards the annual fundraising campaign.This year marked the first year of GCS Energy stepping forward as presenting sponsor and through the Alberta Chiropractors Association, multiple offices across Central Alberta collected socks in advance of the event.Read more about it here.

Scotch5th Annual Scotch Classic Presented by MNP
November 19th is the date for the 5th annual Scotch Classic, presented by MNP. This event is for the real scotch lovers in our community, with dozens of samples of quality scotches to enjoy throughout the evening. To help raise additional funds, a silent auction and live auction featuring carefully selected scotches are part of the evening's activities. This is an exclusive event, with only 150 tickets available, and right now there are still a few tickets remaining. Purchase your tickets today ! ($100/ticket).

To help celebrate United Way's 50th anniversary, a new VIP advance tasting event was created for 24 premium scotch lovers who want to sample the Glenfarcas Family Cask '54, which retails for over $3,000. Tickets are $400 -- which also includes entrance to the main event, and there are only 6 tickets left.

If you are interested in the VIP experience, please call 403.343.3900.

Special thanks to our key sponsors: MNP, Liquor Crossing Wine Centre, TD, Alberta Private Client, CIBC, Altalaw, RBC and Bilton.  
dontforgetDon't Forget
Round Up!

It's just one of the many easy ways you can help your community.

Donate That Old Car
You can Donate a Car to UWCA online, or phone 1-877-250-4904 for assistance.

Help is just a click away. 
In This Issue

Photo Of The Monthphotoofthemonth 
Annual Campaign Pumpkin Sale
Year Unknown - Chris Ramsey, 7, trundles a pumpkin to the annual pumpkin sale which that year raised $1,100 for campaign. Hey Chris, did you lose that shoe?
Photo courtesy of the Red Deer Advocate. 
A big THANK YOU to all our sponsors for another successful Sockey Night in Red Deer... and special thanks to GCS Energy Services for its major contribution.

Did you know...? didyouknow
Over 1,000 pairs of socks were thrown on the ice at Sockey Night in Red Deer, October 23. That covers a lot of feet!

Socks were delivered to 5 of our partner agencies on Monday following the game for distribution to those who need them. 
paydaylendingWhat are the real costs of payday lending?

Note these special dates in your calendar.

October 1 to 31, 2015
Participating Vendors

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Starts at 5:30
Location: Pidherney Centre