The United Way Alberta Northwest is in desperate need of donations, or community programs could take a significant hit.
Executive Director Brenda Yamkowy says they’ve seen an increase in the need for funding, and a decrease in donations.
“Unfortunately, our donations are down quite a bit. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a decrease based on the economy that we’ve had. This year we’re 27 per cent down from last year’s campaign. And the results of that means if we don’t have the money then we can’t give it back to the community in the way that we would like to be able to give.”
Last year The United Way Alberta Northwest was able to support local programs with funding of $576,500.
Based on their past six months of reporting from their local partners, they fed 2,700 kids and seniors in the community and had 1,100 kids that accessed after school programming. They also had 2,841 people who received crisis support in the community in six months.
Yamkowy says they rely a lot on workplace campaigns where companies or individuals sign up to have donations taken directly off their paycheques.
“We’ve seen a steady decline in that in the last couple of years and with the loss of jobs and closure of many companies in the last little while, and the loss of pledges, that’s where the dollar amounts have decreased for us.”
Their fiscal year ends March 31 and they’ll be making their allocation decisions before then.
Those who would like to learn more about how they can help support the United Way Alberta Northwest can call the office at (780) 532-1105 or visit their website.