Community Investment Areas

United Way Alberta Northwest partners with all areas of the community to address root causes of social issues and have the greatest impact. Learn more about our three focus areas – poverty, kids, and communities:

From Poverty to Possibility

Without the basic necessities, life becomes a struggle to survive. We invest in programs and initiatives that get homeless youth off the streets for good, help the under-employed or unemployed find jobs that match their skills, and give those who are struggling employment opportunities and a sense of belonging to their community.

All That Kids Can Be

Due to circumstances beyond their control, many kids need help to develop the skills to succeed in school and life. We support programs that ensure children are ready to learn. We invest in programs and initiatives like homework clubs, summer camps, and after-school programs that allow at-risk kids to grow and succeed.

Healthy People, Strong Communities

Seniors, people living in poverty, and those facing mental health issues may not always get the help they need to live happy, healthy lives. We invest in programs and initiatives that lead to healthier people and stronger communities.

Our Community Partners

Through research, consultation, and analysis we’re able to identify where our community needs the most help and where our investments will show the greatest results.

Funding is provided to our carefully selected Community Partners (agencies or programs that receive funding on an ongoing basis), as well as many other Canadian registered charities.

All agencies receiving funds from United Way must meet stringent criteria to ensure your gift is directed to the priority needs in your community.


Healthy People, Strong Communities - Community Partners

Camp Tamarack
A wilderness camp facility providing educational and recreational programs that enhance the personal development of participants of all ages and abilities.

Catholic Family Services Society of Grande Prairie
Our goal is to provide affordable, professional, non-denominational counseling services to people experiencing distress who cannot afford to pay un-subsidized fees. We want to ensure every citizen of Grande Prairie and adjacent communities has access to support regardless of ability to pay for such services.

Centre for Creative Arts – Healing Hearts Program
The Healing Arts Program works to encourage positive art experiences and a sense of accomplishment for all participants. They aim to be inclusive and wide reaching, servicing community members of varying ages, social and economic backgrounds, and ability levels.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
The CNIB serves anyone who is experiencing vision loss, through public education, counseling, and a variety of rehabilitation programs.

Disabled Transportation
Provides transportation service to seniors and individuals who, due to their physical limitations, cannot access another means of public transportation with ease and dignity.

HIV North Society
Serving all communities within the Peace County Health Region, the five main areas of programming include: prevention and education, community partnership development, public awareness, harm reduction, and support.

PACE – Providing Assistance, Counseling and Education
Provides play therapy, individual counseling and group therapy for those dealing with sexual abuse, including play therapy, counseling services, crisis intervention, educational workshops, and a Wilderness Therapy Program for 12- to 18-year-olds.

Parkinson Alberta & Multiple Sclerosis Society – Ground Neuro
Ground Neuro is a collaboration between Parkinson Alberta and the MS Society providing community support for people living with neurological diseases in the Grande Prairie area. Services include adapted yoga, Nordic pole walking, a caregiver’s support group, and assistance with navigating the complex social, financial and health needs of people with neurological disorders.

Seniors Outreach (Grande Prairie & Area Council on Aging)
Provides outreach and referral services to help seniors maintain an independent lifestyle.

Spinal Cord Injury Association
Provides services to persons with spinal cord Injuries and other disabilities in Alberta's Northwest Region, and seeks to improve public awareness of the disabled and their challenges.


All That Kids Can Be - Community Partners

Big Brothers Big Sisters

This agency strives to enhance the healthy development of children, youth and their families through positive mentoring relationships.

Coalition for Far Northwest Alberta Brighter Futures Society

In the Head Start program, children learn how to make friends, play together, and have an opportunity to meet their developmental needs. The Coalition also offers parenting support to parents and caregivers.

Cool Aid Society

A drop-in centre providing recreation, education, self-development, activities, and referrals for youth. They offer after-school programs (ages 6 to 12), teen drop-in programs (ages 13 to 17), and children’s summer programs (ages 6 to 12).

GP and District Grief Support Association

Circle of Life is a program built to help children and families who have been affected by loss. We believe in “wellness through healthy grieving”. Reaching the other side of pain is a difficult and complicated process. No one should have to go through that journey alone. We’re here to provide education and support — to help the healing begin.

Ignite Youth – Fairview (North Peace Youth Support Association)

Provides a variety of programming for youth aged 12 to 18 years ranging from art, music and drama to the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), as well as community events designed to encourage youth to volunteer and give back.


Provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 years and under so they can play a season of sport.

Society for Support to Pregnant & Parenting Teens

Delivers flexible, child-centered, family-focused services including support groups, counseling, assistance with pre-natal care, and continuing education.

Stepping Stones Daycare Society

Provides a variety of services for families including: parent education classes; parented play groups; support groups for new moms; father and child playgroup; and classes on nutrition, music, and movement.

Tabono Centre (John Howard Society)

Tabono is a re-integration school designed to assist at-risk youth (ages 13 to 16) in identifying and developing their strengths. Programming includes: arts and culture, health and recreation, work skills, personal development, academic support, and family support.

Virtual Y Program (YMCA)

This after-school literacy program aims to create an environment where children feel safe, valued, and heard. Offered in areas where there are few resources or services available, Virtual Y helps children, many of whom have experienced abuse and neglect in their lives, develop emotionally, socially, and academically.

From Poverty to Possibility - Community Partners

County FCSS – United Way Emergency Funds
Through a partnership with the Province of Alberta, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) offers programs and services that allow residents to develop their interests and to contribute to the well-being of their families and communities. The County’s FCSS Department works closely with affiliated FCSS offices in the City of Grande Prairie, the towns of Sexsmith and Beaverlodge, the Village of Hythe and the M.D. of Greenview. It provides services like Home Support Program, Community School Liaison Program and Playschool Program.

Education Foundation
Nutrition & Wellness Program (Grande Prairie Public School District) - Proper nutrition is critical to a child's physical, emotional, and cognitive development, and the goal of this program is to provide healthy food to help students do their best and reach their potential. It provides breakfast to children who have not eaten prior to arriving at school, as well as snacks and lunches for any student who needs them.

Grande Prairie Schools Snack Program (Grande Prairie Catholic School District)
A program whose mission is to relieve child hunger to improve behavior and academic performance, to provide nutrition education, and to influence healthy eating choices.

Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter
A facility that provides a safe, temporary shelter to youth aged 12 to 17 years, and a referral agency to connect those youth to safe resolution of homelessness issues.

High Prairie & District Food Bank – Food Hamper Program
This client-focused program is designed to provide emergency food hampers to individuals and families.

Meals on Wheels (Grande Prairie & Area Council on Aging)
A community service that delivers hot, nutritious meals to Grande Prairie's seniors, disabled, convalescent, or those unable to prepare adequate meals for themselves.

Manning Food Bank
Manning Food Bank provides emergency food for marginalized families, individuals and seniors who are underemployed, unemployed or in need with the community of Manning and Surrounding Area.

Peace River Women’s Shelter
The Peace River Women’s Shelter provides a short term, safe and supportive environment for abused women and their children, women in crisis or other women needing emergency accommodation and to provide these women with basic needs and an opportunity to learn of services for themselves and their families to facilitate  decisions about their future. It covers an area which encompasses a 100 km radius of  Peace River.

United Way Emergency Fund- Spirit River
Administered in a similar manner as our main Emergency Fund, the UW Emergency Fund (Spirit River) has been made possible by donor directed funding and will operate out of Spirit River.