February 06, 2017

Continued support for people impacted by Alberta wildfires

An RCMP officer stands on a scorched street, houses burned down on either side. Photo credit: Alberta RCMPEdmonton and Calgary agencies supporting people in their recovery from the Alberta Wildfires are getting a helping hand from United Way and the Canadian Red Cross Society.

Community agencies are invited to apply for grants from a new Emergency Community Support Fund. Thanks to financial support from the Canadian Red Cross, the $1.2 million fund will be administered by United Way of the Alberta Capital Region and United Way of Calgary and Area.

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“Since May, many community agencies in Alberta have provided essential supports to families and individuals impacted by the wildfires,” said Melanie Soler, associate vice president of the Red Cross disaster management program in Alberta. “The Red Cross is pleased to support United Way of the Alberta Capital Region and United Way of Calgary and Area with this granting program. It will help to assist people with their recovery, and strengthen their capacity to respond to future disasters.”

Grants will be allocated to Edmonton and Calgary-based community agencies that have supported or continue to support people impacted by the 2016 Alberta wildfires.

“Calgary is more than a city of 1.2 million, we are a community of people,” said Karen Young, president and CEO, United Way of Calgary and Area. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Red Cross to provide support for our new neighbours who have been impacted by the wildfires.”

“United Way is well-established as a funder of essential local services,” said Allan Undheim, vice president, Community Building and Investment for United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. “We’re proud to partner with the Red Cross to make sure people who were affected by the fires get the help they need as they rebuild their lives.”

Learn more or apply for a grant