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…

Fire Aid for Fort McMurray concert announced

Representatives of Alberta’s Fire Aid Organizing Committee, comprised of volunteers from across Alberta, have announced a major fundraising concert in support of the recovery of Wood Buffalo communities affected by wildfire. Fire Aid for Fort McMurray, scheduled for June 29th at Commonwealth Stadium, will feature an outstanding lineup of 12…

Community building takes on a whole new meaning

Next Wednesday would have been our annual Community Building Awards. We were all set to honour the many people and organizations who have supported The United Way of Fort McMurray as donors and volunteers. While this event is postponed owing to the evacuation of our community, we will be honouring…

After the fire, we will rebuild

With staff and volunteers spread across communities in Alberta, The United Way of Fort McMurray has launched a campaign to raise funds for the recovery and rebuilding phases of this disaster. Donations are now being accepted at www.unitedforfortmcmurray.ca. By donating to United For Fort McMurray you will be helping tens…

Mankowski appointed as new President

The United Way of Fort McMurray Board of Directors unanimously endorsed Tony Mankowski as its new President during a meeting held on April 19th. Mankowski succeeds outgoing President Ben Dutton, who took over the role in 2013 after the passing of Barb Jewers. “I’m excited to contribute to this organization…

AGM celebrates collaboration and community

It was a year highlighted by continued generosity and a significant move of the United Way from Franklin Avenue to The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place. The Board of Directors held its Annual General Meeting last night at a well attended event in The Redpoll Centre Conference Room. Back Row…

Funding focuses on human care

The United Way Board of Directors has approved funding allocations for 2016-2017 to a total of 30 agencies, four more than last year. The increase in the number of organizations requesting funding and a reduction in the amount of money raised during the community campaign meant that difficult decisions had…

Challenging times, extraordinary results

As the final workplace campaigns come to an end and more fundraising totals get reported, the Community Campaign goal of meeting community needs remains in sharp focus. “With the extraordinary total announced by Shell Albian Sands last week, we have come within 15-percent of our target,” said Marty Giles, 2015…