Campaign over 50 percent

The United Way’s Community Campaign is over 50-percent of the way to its goal of meeting community needs. Just over $4 million has been pledged so far, or 52-percent of the $8 million target. “This is a great place to be with four weeks to go,” said Colin Hartigan, 2016…

Abundance of gratitude

As the community of Fort McMurray heads into this Thanksgiving long weekend, there is a lot to be thankful for. At the United Way, we are thankful for the generosity of Albertans and Canadians who have given us the ability to help many agencies who are deeply engaged in the…

United Way Board adds two new members

The United Way of Fort McMurray has added two new directors, providing bench strength in the areas of community investment and financial management. Andrea Hine joins the group of 16 dedicated volunteers that provide strategic direction and leadership. She has been contributing with the Community Investment Committee since 2013 and…

More fire recovery funding approved

Additional fire recovery funding was approved by The United Way of Fort McMurray Board of Directors during their regular meeting held last night. The Fort McMurray Heritage Society, Some Other Solutions and the MS Society all will be receiving support from the Fire Recovery Fund. “We continue to respond to…

Fire Recovery Fund at work in the community

As the fire recovery continues in our community, more agencies and programs have benefited from the generosity of Albertans and Canadians who donated through the United Way. More than 30% of the donations for fire recovery received to date have either been invested, committed or are under review. Over $85,000…

Community Campaign underway

The United Way’s annual Community Campaign has officially begun after a community kick-off breakfast at Shell Place on Saturday morning. The 10-week fundraising effort will set out to raise $8 million according to Campaign Chair Colin Hartigan. “This isn’t really about an $8 million goal,” he said in front of…

Campaign kick-off to celebrate HOME

The official kick-off for the 2016 United Way Community Campaign has been set for Saturday, September 10th. A free community pancake breakfast will be held in the Shell Place Ballroom between 8:30 am and 10:00 am on that day. “THIS IS HOME is our theme,” said Colin Hartigan, 2016 Community…

Tools for School ready to roll

The biggest Tools for School campaign in the history of The United Way of Fort McMurray is ready to roll. A total of 2,350 backpacks have been filled with grade appropriate supplies to help students in need get equipped for the upcoming school year. “This is significant,” said Diane Shannon,…

Greenhouse growers gifts well received

Over 1000 planters and hanging baskets arrived in Fort McMurray this morning, generously donated by greenhouses across Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan. An initiative of the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association, the gift to residents and businesses inspired tear of appreciation today. “It was beautiful to see,” said Russell Thomas, Director of…

Amazing donations of flowers coming to YMM

Donations of hundreds of planters and hanging baskets are on their way to Fort McMurray from greenhouses across western Canada. Michiel Verheul of High Q Greenhouses in Sturgeon County has gathered support from members of the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association (AGGA). Members of AGGA contribute by helping communities to brighten…