Funding Priorities

Poverty is a far-reaching, complex issue, and a lasting one. Once in the cycle of poverty, it is extremely difficult to overcome and can affect future generations. United Way is committed to ensuring access to immediate support for families and individuals.

The focus of healthy people, strong communities is to engage and mobilize residents to take collective action to improve access to, and increase the availability of resources needed to revitalize and strengthen neighborhoods.

Children and youth are the future of our communities. To become successful, independent adults, children and youth need a good start in life, access to early literacy and development programs, positive school experiences during the middle years and to graduate from high school.

News, Blog, Press Releases & Updates

Press Releases
LETHBRIDGE-A new fund is emerging to help south western Albertans tackle issues related to systemic racism and discrimination. The Unification Project Fund officially launches today, in support of local programs, education and action on the subject. Evan Wardley, a former Pronghorns hockey player... more
Press Releases
Lethbridge- On October 5, 2020, United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta launched a second call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support... more
Blog Posts
United Way agencies helped AJ when he left home as a teen. Now, he’s reconnected with his family, thinking about school, and helping other young people. “I should have been successful, but I wasn’t. When I was nine or 10, I was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). That led to other... more
Press Releases
  Winners have been notified, and prizes have been awarded in the third annual #YQL Expressions of Reconciliation Art & Media Contest. “It’s been a challenging year where a lot of events have been modified or cancelled,” said Connolly Tate-Mitchell, marketing and communications coordinator at... more
Blog Posts
Ken was a single dad experiencing tough times, but United Way agencies helped him get back on his feet—and now he pays it forward “I grew up in Canada and was able to take advantage of the opportunity that provided me. I went to school, got a post-secondary education, worked and had a family. I... more
Press Releases
Above: DBSA Director of Charity Callum Hakin prepares for a slushie to the face in support of the 2020 Chillin' 4 Charity event. Lethbridge- Despite the added challenge of moving the event online, the Dhillon Business Students’ Association is pleased with the outcome of 2020’s Chillin’ 4 Charity... more