Faces of United Way: Gerald

“Since 1991, everywhere I’ve been, I’ve donated to the United Way—Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and now Edmonton.”

“What makes you want to keep giving?”

“Well, I would say there’s no one particular thing. I would give you a little example: when I lived in Saskatoon in 2004, me and my colleagues were on strike. Because we were on strike, a number of our workers were struggling to put food on the table. I myself, because I tend to be a fairly decent money manager, I devoted my entire strike pay to the food bank ... The reason I donated is because somebody had to care."

“There are so many good charities in a city and there’s also a lot of not so good ones too. For someone to take their time and figure out what are the good charities and what are the bad charities, it takes a lot of effort. And also are they working together in an integrated fashion? The United Way does that for you so you don’t have to make those decisions.”

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region we've partnered with Faces of Edmonton. In the coming months, Faces of Edmonton will be featuring faces and stories relating to the United Way and its work in your community. We’re looking forward to sharing these portraits and stories with you. To learn more about United Way's work check out the Report to Community online.