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Alberta’s Heartland area is full of companies looking to do local good by partnering with United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. The Heartland Challenge brings these organizations together to work on initiatives that help our local community thrive.
Based on agency needs and client impact:
By unlocking collaborative solutions to meet Edmonton’s greatest needs, United Way of the Alberta Capital region is creating opportunities to make a bigger impact. Through the Heartland Challenge, participating companies challenge each other to provide their employees with a greater connection to the community.
The Heartland Challenge holds personal protective equipment drives to collect work gear to help those who need it. These essential health and safety items can be expensive, creating a barrier to those who need the equipment to find work, but can’t afford the upfront cost. Since 2019, more than 440 people have benefited from donations of work boots, coveralls, insulated workwear, protective eyewear, hard hats, and work gloves.
United Way Heartland Challenge volunteers completed projects for A Safe Place, an emergency shelter for women and children in our community. The work of 56 volunteers included:
Heartland Challenge Committee partnered with BGC Fort Saskatchewan, a non-profit organization that works with children, youth, and families. Volunteer efforts included:
Heartland Challenge Committee partnered with Next Step School, a supportive, alternative junior and senior high school for students who require a non-traditional, individualized program. Volunteers from companies across the community worked together to show students that their community cares about them by:
The Heartland Challenge initiative is made possible through the dedication of volunteers, community partners, school districts, and funders – collectively committed to ensuring individuals and families in the Capital Region can thrive.
Co-Chair Leah Shaw, Sherritt
Co-Chair Alana Seymour, DOW
Alyssa Carson, Sherritt
Alyssa Pratt, Inter Pipeline
Blaine Shaw, Pembina
Gary Gall, Nutrien
Mario Kulas, Shell Scotford
Megan Bates, Willow Ridge Construction
Ray Leckie, MEGlobal
Tina Thomas, DOW
Trevor Brault, Spartan Controls
Welby Thumwood, TransAlta
Contact us to learn how your organization can get involved with the Heartland Challenge by emailing [email protected].