United Way Centraide’s long history of supporting local Canadian communities dates back to 1917. The name of our national office – United Way Centraide Canada – reflects the bilingual nature of our country’s culture and language. Across Canada, over 100 local United Way Centraide offices support more than 3,300 community agencies and programs every year, helping to improve lives from coast to coast to coast.

Locally and nationally, the United Way Centraide goal is the same – to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our communities. Across Canada, United Way Centraide invests locally in three areas that are crucial for our country to thrive:

Moving people from poverty to possibility

Helping kids be all they can be

Building strong and healthy communities

By making strategic investments in these areas of focus, United Way Centraide is achieving meaningful and lasting change in Canadian communities. Together, with the support of Canadians, we strive to fulfill our mission: “To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.”

How does supporting the United Way East Kootenay help you and your community? 1. Your dollars stay here. 2. Community priorities are addressed. 3. Money goes where it is needed most.

United Way gives individuals, families and organizations an opportunity to help their community-—with the assurance that donations will directly benefit the community through the local agencies that depend on United Way for funding.

There are a number of ways you can make your donation to the United Way East Kootenay:

Volunteer: Your time is valuable and we appreciate every minute you donate! If you would like the opportunity to help, feel free to contact us for more information about our events - United Way Days, Day of Caring, and many more.

Make an annual donation: cash, cheque, payroll deduction, credit card, or online giving at You can specify a registered charity you would like to receive your gift if wish. Contact us for more information, or send your donation to Box 657, Cranbrook, BC V1C 4J2

Charitable receipts are issued. Pledge donations, usually through Workplace Campaigns are reported on your T4 slip at the end of the year.

You can also give a lasting legacy through the Planned Giving Program or become part of our Leadership Giving Program. United Way staff would be happy to discuss these programs with you.

United Way East Kootenay Executive Director, Donna Brady Fields

250-426-8833 or or

Cranbrook Age Friendly is proud to be a Committee under the East Kootenay United Way.

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