Partner Agencies

United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta funds programs and projects that align with our Three Pillars. These are programs which help people avoid or move out of poverty, build healthy people and strong communities, and help children and youth reach their potential.

Partner Agencies and funded programs change on a yearly basis. Who decides who we support?

Agencies We Fund

(403) 328-9355

Traditional Mentoring Program

  • The Traditional Mentoring program is a community-based program where an individual over the age of 18 is paied with a child between he ages of 6-16. Matches are made based on compatibility, and the objective is for matched pairs to spent 1:1 time together in the community for 2-3 hours per week for one year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of Canada’s most well-known mentoring charities. It facilitates positive relationships for children and youth lacking strong role models. These relationships inspire and empower them to reach their potential and grow as members of our community. Since 1973, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lethbridge and District has been making matches and has since grown to provide a variety of programs for both boys and girls in our community.




(403) 562-8000

The Crowsnest Pass Women’s Resource Centre is a place for women and families to find support and information about issues they face every day. The Centre as a whole, addresses multiple issues, and offeres a variety of programs, including legal resources, family violence supports, questions about housing and taxes and more. The Centre also runs a thrift shop for clothing and household items.

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Lethbridge Urban Literacy Camp

  • Reduces summer learning loss among children in Lethbridge, and helps them return to school in the fall ready to learn and succeed.

Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization, with a history dating back to 1899. In Lethbridge, Frontier College operates summer literacy program at St. Paul School which will help children in north Lethbridge succeed in school by minimizing learning loss throughout the summer months. The program incorporates a strong Indigenous focus, and will provide opportunities for campers to develop an interest in reading, improve reading skills, and increase the number of books available in family homes.



Family Support Program

  • Supports for people with all types of disabilities in the Claresholm area. Includes employment support, help navigating services, and supports for family members and siblings of people with disabilities.

Based in High River, Inclusion Foothills (formerly Foothills SNAPS) provides support, education, and information to families who are living with or are connected to someone with special needs, in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Inclusion Foothills works with families and communities to connect them to the right resources.


(403) 327-2911

Inclusion Lethbridge believes in a diverse, welcoming and healthy community. It advocates for and supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families so that they can live as valued citizens, free of discrimination and enjoy the rights, responsibilities and benefits of citizenship. Available resources include Strategic Future Planning for a Good Life; PLAN Network Planning, which helps families plan for the futures of loved ones with disabilities; the Family Managed Resource Centre, and many other resources for both families and individuals.


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(403) 320-8779

Baby Bundle Program

  • Increased nourishment and access to resources for expectant parents, baby bundles with food and supplies for infants under the age of one year, and Smart Start for Safety items to help create a safe environment for baby at home.

The Interfaith Food Bank has been providing access to food and services generated from within the community since 1989. It caters to those in situations raging from single-parenthood, to seniors, to the under- or unemployed and many others. In addition to providing food hampers to those in need, Interfaith Food Bank also educates members on the importance of fresh food through the Interfaith Learning Garden and offers cooking classes in the Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen.





Re-Entry Support

  • Delivered at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre to support individuals in their re-integration into the community. Includes support for goal-setting, addressing addictions, employment, housing, family reunification and more.

The John Howard Society of Alberta is a non-profit agency concerned with the problem of crime and its prevention. The organization takes its name and spirit from the 18th century humanitarian John Howard, whose name has become a symbol of humane consideration for prisoners. It was incorporated in 1949, and today the organization consists of seven separately incorporated districts along with the Provincial Office.


403-255-6108 / 1-800-268-1177

Financial Assistance Service

  • This service provides short-term, bridge financial assistance for expenditures related to a person's medical conditions, where there is urgent financial need, and no other source of funding. The Financial Assistance Service can assist kidney patients with expenditures such as prescription medication, transportation to treatment, temporary accommodations and meals. The Kidney FOundation also provides equipment like blood pressure machines, scales and thermometers.



(403) 381-9378

Summer Theatre Camps

  • New West's summer drama camps offer children and youth an outlet for creative expression while nurturing skill development in key areas such as communication, teamwork, and problem solving. In 2020, the summer drama camps will be offered virtually as well as in person. Under the supervision of a team of professional drama educators, participants will focus on teambuilding and creative problem solving as they create an original group performance for friends and family on the final day of camp. Participants develop self-confidence, and learn leadership skills in a fun group dynamic.





Rural Outreach

  • Connecting with those living with, and affected by Parkinson disease in rural communities like Cardston, Fort Macleod, Taber, and Pincher Creek. Support services, education, information and resources.

Parkinson Association of Alberta helps improve daily life for Albertans affected by Parkinson disease. They provide support services, education, advocacy and funds for research.



Self-Advocacy Workshops

  • Promotes self-advocacy and provides impartial information on independent living for individuals with developmental disabilities. Supports individuals in learning about their rights and developing abilities of self-determination.

SAIPA's mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to drive change in their communities. The organization inspired people with developmental disabilities to become engaged, empowered citizens and to know they are valued members of an inclusive community.



(403) 942-2263

Daily Activity & Employment

  • Promotes recovery and rehabilitation for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness through education, regular activity involvement,  coaching, and development of employability skills.

Southern Alberta Self - Help Association (SASHA) is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to promote independence and community integration for adults with severe and/or persistent mental illness.  Transitional and long-term supportive housing programs are person centred and strength based, with a focus on achieving improved quality of life and recovery outcomes. . Housing is offered for up to 24 people in three houses in the London Road community in south Lethbridge.




(403) 327-4305

Peer Support Program

  • Peer-led support groups for individuals living with schizophrenia. Participants develop coping skills, share experiences, and provide hope and encouragement in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta works toward improving the quality of life for Albertans living with schizophrenia and psychosis and their families through education, support programs, public policy and research. A variety of programs are available at the local level.