Who We Fund

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


Chinook Child & Youth Advocacy Centre

  • The Chinook Child Advocacy Centre is dedicated to giving children and youth who have experience sexual, emotional, and/or physical abuse or severe neglect, a safe space to share their story and receive the support and resources they need throughout the entire disclosure, investigation, and judicial process. A blended approach brings together a multidisciplinary team of community partners including Alberta Health Services, Blood Tribe Children’s Services, Blood Tribe Police Services, Lethbridge Police Services, Piikani Child and Family Services, RCMP, and South Region Children’s Services, to offer unified services that provide the right support at the right time in a welcoming, child-friendly, safe environment.

The Chinook Sexual Assault Centre is a stand-alone organization providing leadership, advocacy and comprehensive services specific to victims of sexual violence in south western Alberta.




(403) 320-4232

Ready for School: Family Literacy Program

  • Ready for School is a family literacy program for Immigrant children from 0-5 years which uses role modelling and play kits to increase parents' understanding of brain development, attachment, and how children adjust to different learning environments. Parents receive resources, information and materials to increase children's sense of safety and security, and which help to enhance future school readiness and success. The program incorporates play kits with facilitated play role modelling to encourage turn-taking, group participation, and individual skill development like opening snacks, buttoning clothing,  orusing a zipper. These are considered soft skills needed when children enter pre-school or kindergarten.

Family Centre is a community-based organization that provides families in Lethbridge and the surrounding area with caring and respectful family support through a range of prevention and early intervention services for youth, parents, grandparents and other family members. Family Centre also strives to strengthen, educate and support parents and children through parenting and family support programs, including individual, couples, family and parent/teen counselling.


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Family Support Program

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

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(403) 327-2911

Beyond Graduation: Cultivating an Inclusive Life

  • In this program, Inclusion Lethbridge offers capacity-building services for youth with disabilities and their families as they transition from youth to adulthood.

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.

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403-327-3635 / 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.





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.

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(403) 223-0483

Summer Day Camp Program

  • The Summer Day Camp takes place in Taber and is for children who have experienced or witnessed family violence, have been affected by bullying, children who come from families who identify as low-income, or who are facing social difficulties.The camp will provide support for participants to develop positive social relationships with both their peers and summer camp counsellors. Our program will enable children and youth to participate in various field trips for recreational, cultural, social, and civic activities within our service area. 

Safe Haven Women’s Shelter Society is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping women and children in crisis. Safe Haven strives to end the cycle of abuse by delivering inclusive, non-judgmental support services to individuals, families and communities. The goal is to provide a safe place for women and children in an effort to end domestic violence and abuse. From a trauma-informed approach, we use a community-based response to bring together health, education, criminal justice, law enforcement, and community agencies in providing direct services.

Services offered by Safe Haven are free, voluntary, and non-judgmental. Safe Haven provides services in seven different ways: Emergency Shelter Services, 24-hour Crisis line, Emergency Shelter Child Support, Summer Day Camp, Adopt-A-Family, Safe Families Intervention Team Taber, and Community Outreach/Intensive Case Management.

24/7 CRISIS LINE: 403-223-0483

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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.





  • Aiming to relieve poverty by providing assistance to women with low incomes and their families through free tax preparation services, identification replacement, and financial literacy workshops.

The Womanspace Resource Centre has been serving women in the Lethbridge community in various capacities for over 30 years. Formally incorporated as a society in March of 1993, this organization developed out of a group of local feminist women who began to meet in the early 1980s to discuss and collectively respond to issues of common concern, such as violence against women, the feminization of poverty, and pay equity. Over the decades it has changed and evolved to meet the pressing needs of women and their families.

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Wood's Homes is a children's mental health centre that provides treatment and support for children, youth, and families with mental health challenges.  Wood's Homes is nationally  recognized as a knowledge and training centre and a non-profit organization that has been working with families since 1914. Services include specialized treatment, assessments, leading-edge counselling services, education and research.

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