The United Way Alberta Northwest has a new Executive Director.
Jamie Craig’s official first day was this past Tuesday, a day after the organization kicked off its yearly campaign.
She says they did things a bit differently this year. Rather than announcing a dollar amount they hoped to raise, they decided to break it down.
“We did a little math on the back end and figured out how much money impacts one life. We came up with a dollar amount based on clients served and all of those agencies that we fund — and that is $30 — so, $30 impacts one life,” she explained.
“We wanted people to see how far their money went. We wanted people to understand that $1 a day can provide an entire classroom with snacks for a week. It can give a bus pass to a disabled person to get to or from school or work. It can provide water therapy classes for somebody with MS.”
She says United Way Alberta Northwest supports 30 agencies and impacts 26,600 lives. The organization is responsible for 19 percent of Alberta; all the way up to High Level and down to Whitecourt.
This year’s goal is just shy of $800,000.
The organization’s annual Food Truck Festival Fundraiser goes today and tomorrow at Muskoseepi Park from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
w/files from Glory Przekop