United Way reaching out to rural partners in Wetaskiwin region

United Way Central Alberta had one of its top people in Wetaskiwin April 20 to discuss the organizations’ mandate...

United Way Central Alberta had one of its top people in Wetaskiwin April 20 to discuss the organizations’ mandate, and the programs it offers to meet that mandate.

CEO Robert Mitchell, speaking at NorQuest Regional College, noted the organization’s mission of improving lives and building community through engagement and mobilized collective action is met through a number of programs that are available to County of Wetaskiwin organizations.

One of the services available in the County of Wetaskiwin is United Way of Central Alberta’s 211 system. According to the organization, “211 is a free, confidential information and referral system for thousands of community and social services available across the province. Now, 211 is available in Central Alberta…by searching the easy-to-use online database at www.ab.211.ca.

“211 is for people from all walks of life, seeking information about community and social services in their community or in the province, either for themselves or for someone else. For example, it could be used by a senior looking for a local senior’s centre, a teenager looking for shelter, or someone fleeing family violence.

“When a difficult situation is being faced for the first time, the path to overcoming it might not seem obvious. Finding a local food bank, or summer camp may be problematic. That’s where 211 comes in. The team at 211 has solutions that are just a “click” away. Even problems that seem trivial, like coping with loneliness or adjusting to a new part of life in Central Alberta, 211 is there to help.”

Mitchell said in a press release, “United Way allows organizations to become associated with a recognized and trusted agency that supports the entire community. United Way is the largest non-government source of funding for human care programs in Central Alberta.

“Since 1965 United Way Central Alberta has invested more than $35 million into the communities it serves. This could not be achieved without the 800 local volunteers and the work done by hundreds of business leaders from every industry and sector.”

Much more information about United Way of Central Albertan programs is available at www.ab.211.ca.