Generosity making a difference

There are a number of distribution centres in our community, helping with the disbursement of donated goods being managed by ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency). Millions of items are being stored in a large warehouse in Edmonton and shipped to the community on an as-needed basis. One such location…

Fire money vs campaign money

In the months following the evacuation of our communities, and the subsequent re-entry, The United Way of Fort McMurray has been engaged in two substantial pieces of work. On the one hand, we have been collecting donations from across Alberta, Canada and the U.S. for the Fire Recovery Fund. On…

The time is now

Colin Hartigan carries his love for the community everywhere he goes. He is a respected and successful business leader who has called Fort McMurray home since 1986. “We came up the highway with everything we owned in the car,” he recalled. His father, Paul, managed the Zellers store in town,…

United Way seeks Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR United Way of Fort McMurray Established in 1978, The United Way of Fort McMurray is an accredited Imagine Canada Standards organization and operates at the highest level of excellence in: board governance, financial accountability and transparency, ethical fundraising,staff and volunteer management. The Board of Directors of The United Way…

What does HOME mean to you?

“This is home,” said one workplace campaign chair. “This IS home,” said another. The sentiment of HOME, as we sat around the Conference Centre at The Redpoll Centre in June sharing evacuation stories, was pervasive. “What a perfect campaign theme,” said someone. THIS IS HOME is the rallying cry of…

Fire Recovery funds at work in community

It has been two months since Commonwealth Stadium hosted the Fire Aid for Fort McMurray Concert. In that short amount of time, over 29-percent of the funds that have been received from that event and the total amount pledged through the United for Fort McMurray campaign, have been invested, committed…

My first Day of Caring

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a Day of Caring for Stepping Stones Youth Home, one of our United Way member agencies. Never having taken part in one of these before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, even though I knew it most likely involved physical labour and…

Community Fund Information Session

The 2016 United Way Community Fund Information Session is coming up on Thursday, August 25th. This event is intended to be an opportunity for agencies to connect with each other and get an introduction to the United Way funding process. United Way Member Agencies and those that would like to…

Book donation brings joy to children

Two representatives from the Better State Crew (BSC), a promotional sector of State Farm focussed on giving back and creating memorable experiences, drove across the country from Toronto to Fort McMurray. They arrived on Wednesday, August 3rd, and headed to the Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club to donate a…

Self-care suggestions

Michele Taylor is the Executive Director of Waypoints, a social profit organization geared toward ending domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse and homelessness in the RMWB. On July 26th, she joined Russell Thomas on his radio show, IMPACT on KAOS 91.1, to discuss the implications of the fire from mental and…