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

  Recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $9 million through United Way for local organizations that support practical services to Canadian seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.   United Ways across the country have allocated funds in their local communities to support senior-serving... more
Press Releases
LETHBRIDGE- United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta is now accepting funding 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 vulnerable Canadians... more
News Articles
Message from Michael Gottheil, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission (May 5, 2020) Countering Racism during COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all our lives in many ways. Unfortunately, it has led to an increase in racism and discrimination towards certain... more
  COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. But it was in the weeks before that public health agencies, social services agencies, municipal governments, and United Way Centraide gathered to see... more
Press Releases
LETHBRIDGE- At the end of March, Heaven Hill Brands, owners of Lethbridge’s Black Velvet Distillery announced a total donation of $400,000 across its community partners in the U.S., Ireland, and here in Lethbridge. The United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta will receive $10,000 to... more
Press Releases
LETHBRIDGE- On Thursday, April 9, ATB announced $250,000 in funding for United Ways across Alberta to support their work to address the emerging needs of their communities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this total gift, United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta is receiving $20,000... more