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
  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
News Articles
Free, confidential service helps people impacted by COVID-19 to navigate available community and government supports   Ottawa – Everyone in Canada will soon have access to 211, a free, confidential information navigation service that connects people to critical government and community-based health... more
News Articles
Joint statement – Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada Our experience over the last six months has shown us that COVID-19 does not impact all Canadians equally. Rather, it is those already struggling or on the margins who are bearing the brunt of this... more
Press Releases
Lethbridge-On May 19, United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta launched a 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 vulnerable Canadians... more

Upcoming Events

The U of L Dhillon Business Students' Association is once again hosting an unforgettable event that makes a real difference in the community! The traditional Chillin' 4 Charity event challenges you to brave the cold and raise pledges from people who want to see you jump into a pool of icy water.... more
“The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.”... more