United Way Central Alberta

United Way Central Alberta and CACHE Productions are similar in many ways because we change lives locally as well. In fact we change lives at United Way Central Alberta. For the past couple years the two of us have teamed up to produce stories about how United Way is helping residents of Central Alberta reach more people in our community and make lives better, and CACHE Productions is helping United Way do that.

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The 2020 Central Alberta United Way Campaign video builds on the importance of giving, the importance of receiving. The context is COVID 19 and its multiple impacts. We also acknowledge this context in the spirit of reconciliation. This story tells us how proud we are of our community, but it also showcases the work that needs to be done. Our community can be healthier, happier and more vibrant. The need is big, however this year the need is exceptional. Our responsibility lies with our care for this community and rising to meet the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.


NightReach is a mobile outreach initiative that operates in Red Deer’s downtown, city parks and river valley areas. A team of two walk the streets and paths 365 evenings a year with backpacks full of harm reduction materials, seasonal clothing, first aid supplies and the occasional food donation. The Nightreach Program provides non-judgmental support and referrals for food, housing, health care, addictions, pregnancy, legal issues, employment, bad dates and counselling to many street involved individuals.

sundre and district nutrition for learning

Sundre and the surrounding rural communities do not have easy access to a Food Bank, and because of the ongoing economic struggles in both the oil and agricultural industries, teachers were seeing an increase in the number of students coming to school without lunch.The Sundre & District Nutrition for Learning Society believes that the responsibility for making sure all children are able to reach their full learning potential rests within the community. The society also strives to act as a means of intervention on the lifestyle choices of the community’s youth, by reinforcing healthier food habits both at school and at home. United Way of Central Alberta provides funding for the program.

Big brothers and big sisters of stettler

As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Stettler has been creating friendships since 1984. We started out with the help of FCSS when a single dad identified a need for his two daughters to have a positive female role model. As in most Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies nationwide, the Stettler program had encountered an ever-increasing number of children waiting to be matched with a volunteer. Our board of directors was concerned about the growing number of unmatched children, and explored ways of further meeting the needs of program children, as well as other community youth; thus incorporating Boys and Girls Club. In 1990 Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Club amalgamated under the auspices of “Heartland Youth Center” and have grown to include a variety of different programs that serve both boys and girls. We are proud of our achievements and continue to strive to be on the leading edge of the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement in Canada. United Way of Central Alberta is a major funder of the program.

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