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Swift Current United Way gala will raise funds for nine non-profit agencies

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The nine non-profit agencies that will benefit from the Swift Current United Way's 3rd annual Foundation of Hope gala were announced during a media event at Standard Motors, Sept. 28. From left  to right, Stacey Schwartz (Swift Current United Way), Natalie Speth (Pattison Agriculture), Mark Plewis (Standard Motors), Laura Beddome (Southwest Crisis Services), Claudia Munoz (Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre), Val Choo-Foo (United Way Active Play), Jayda Watson (Saskatchewan Abilities Council), Ryan Plewis (Standard Motors), Nathan Wiebe (Swift Current Community Youth Initiative), Scott Smith (CNIB), Susie Eidem (Southwest Homes), Brittany Ruest (Innovation Credit Union), Dr. Becky Lawn (Vision Care), Nicole Wiebe (Swift Current United Way). The nine non-profit agencies that will benefit from the Swift Current United Way's 3rd annual Foundation of Hope gala were announced during a media event at Standard Motors, Sept. 28. From left to right, Stacey Schwartz (Swift Current United Way), Natalie Speth (Pattison Agriculture), Mark Plewis (Standard Motors), Laura Beddome (Southwest Crisis Services), Claudia Munoz (Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre), Val Choo-Foo (United Way Active Play), Jayda Watson (Saskatchewan Abilities Council), Ryan Plewis (Standard Motors), Nathan Wiebe (Swift Current Community Youth Initiative), Scott Smith (CNIB), Susie Eidem (Southwest Homes), Brittany Ruest (Innovation Credit Union), Dr. Becky Lawn (Vision Care), Nicole Wiebe (Swift Current United Way). Matthew Liebenberg

Nine non-profit agencies will benefit from funds raised at the Swift Current United Way’s 3rd annual Foundation of Hope gala.


The goal of this year’s gala is to raise $100,000 in support of community programs that will make a difference in the lives of families and individuals.
Swift Current United Way announced the nine benefactors during a Sept. 28 media event with the nine organizations as well as the presenting sponsors (Pattison Agriculture, Standard Motors) and gold sponsors (Innovation Credit Union, Vision Care Clinic).
“With our new grant process, they just found out that they’re going to be recognized,” Swift Current United Way Executive Director Stacey Schwartz said.
In previous years, the beneficiaries of the funds raised at the gala were only determined after the event, but this year the nine organizations will be recognized at the gala, which takes place at the Living Sky Casino, Nov. 4.
“We’re trying to switch it where we know prior to the gala who is eligible and then the gala is when we recognize them,” she said. “It will be probably within a week or two weeks after the gala that we’ll know the exact amount that we’re giving each, but the way it’s looking and how much each of them have requested it is looking like we’ll be able to fill every grant, exactly what they’ve asked for.”
The local United Way will consider criteria in evaluating grant applications from non-profit organizations.
“The biggest ones is we don’t fund capital or operational,” she said. “So it has to be a program and we look at sustainability.”
Another change to this year’s grant application process has been the implementation of a $10,000 limit on the maximum amount that can be requested by an organization.
“This year we put a cap of $10,000 because we would rather have 10 organizations that we could give $10,000 to each instead of having one organization request $25,000 and another request $5,000 and then you’re making cuts to other ones,” she explained.
As was the case with last year’s gala, the Swift Current United Way’s intention is not to allocate the entire amount raised at the event to the beneficiary organizations, but to keep a portion of the funds for any emerging needs during the coming year. Schwartz noted United Way offices across Canada will work collaboratively with human services sector organizations to address community needs. The funds are not allocated will be used for that purpose.
“Then there’s resource funding to help get that initiative off the ground,” she said. “So that’s what we’re hoping is that we can have a pool of funds that are there for those community needs.”
All the tickets to the Foundation of Hope gala are sold out, but the Swift Current United Way is still selling 50/50 tickets for the draw that will take place at the gala. The winners do not need to attend the gala to win. There are 15,000 tickets available and up to $30,000 can be win. Tickets are $5 per ticket or five for $20. Tickets will be sold until Nov. 4 and are available at the Swift Current United Way office (145 1st Ave. NE), Pharmasave, Pattison Agriculture, and Glass Slipper Spa.
Below are the nine organizations that will benefit from this year’s gala and the projects that will be funded:
United Way Active Play – funding for after school program.
Canadian Mental Health Association – meal program and education, skills and social recreation program.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind – post vision loss rehabilitation.
Canadian Red Cross Society – training and building capacity for local volunteers.
Swift Current Community Youth Initiative (The Center) – hot meal program for youth.
Saskatchewan Abilities Council – community inclusion program.
Southwest Homes – vocational transportation and additional supports.
Southwest Crisis Services – community outreach program.
Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre – family literacy program and childminding program.

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