FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: YMCA of Northern Alberta receives $50,000 grant from Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

(Edmonton, July 27, 2017) YMCA of Northern Alberta is a proud recipient of $50,000 from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) in support of the YMCA Family Resource Centre at the YMCA Welcome Village.

“This is the second year that the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has provided a significant grant to YMCA of Northern Alberta. The children, youth, and families we serve at the YMCA Family Resource Centre benefit each and every day as a result of support such as this,” says Nick Parkinson, YMCA of Northern Alberta President and CEO.  “Healthy families create strong kids and thriving communities, and the YMCA Family Resource Centre works to help vulnerable families acquire and/or maintain safe, affordable housing, stabilize their income, and develop healthy relationships and strong community connections.

“Our Collective Kitchens develop the skills needed to secure nutritious, affordable food and Positive Discipline programs help families function in a way that benefits both children and adults.”

"In keeping with our commitment to building strong and safe communities, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is honoured to support programs such as the YMCA Family Resource Centre,” says EOCF Executive Director, Natalie Minckler.  “Our goal is to invest in programs that improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities across Northern Alberta, and we are particularly proud to make a positive impact right here in our own backyard."

YMCA FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

YMCA Collective Kitchens

Participants in the YMCA Collective Kitchens meet in groups of eight to 10 people for two hours a week and work as a team to prepare two to three meals. The menu is chosen by the group at the beginning of each month and participants take home the meals they have created at a cost of $2 to $3 per portion. The instructors work with each participant to teach cooking skills and food safety, as well as to provide information about nutritious food choices, healthy lifestyles, and low-cost food options available within the community. Just as important is the community connections and friendships developed as a result of participation in YMCA Collective Kitchens.

YMCA Family & Childhood Programs

Positive Discipline: Positive Discipline, a free eight-week parenting program taught by certified instructors, is a parenting program designed to teach important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. Free child minding and a light meal are offered to participants.

Afterschool Learning Adventure (ALA): ALA is provided to children ages 5-12 on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m.to 5:30 p.m. Program staff and volunteers engage children through age appropriate literacy, numeracy and physical literacy activities as well as support them with any homework they may have. 

Play Care (Child Minding): Free child minding is offered to parents who attend certain YMCA programs, such as Positive Discipline and the parent focused Collective Kitchen. 

Family Allies

YMCA of Northern Alberta developed Family Allies to help low-income families attain and maintain safe, stable, and affordable housing while addressing the root causes of poverty as identified in the study: income support, employment, education, child care, mental and physical health and overall family functioning. 

Family Allies provides case management to 40 vulnerably housed families and their children (over 100 individuals) each year and addresses their need to stabilize and maintain adequate housing. Once the family is appropriately housed, staff support them to set goals and identify strategies to improve family functioning. 

Family Allies intervenes before families are in crisis and works to address their needs so they continue on a path that leads them further and further from the edge they have been living on. Working with other YMCA programs and partnering agencies in the community, Family Support Workers help families navigate through the various supports and services available to help ensure long term success. 

About the YMCA of Northern Alberta

YMCA of Northern Alberta is dedicated to building healthy communities by nurturing the potential of children, teens, and young adults, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility.

Today, the organization delivers f programs and services from over 100 program locations, serves over 120,000 people annually in the areas of child care, and community and housing initiatives and health, fitness, and aquatics – across the Edmonton, Wood Buffalo, and Grande Prairie Regions.

Our focus on belonging and inclusiveness means we serve people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities through all stages of life.  Through YMCA financial assistance programs, the YMCA is accessible to all.  For more information visit northernalberta.ymca.ca

ABOUT THE EDMONTON OILERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership and continues its deep legacy of giving back. Since 2001, the Foundation has contributed over $33 million to more than 2,700 charities, community groups and minor hockey programs across Oil Country. For more information, visit OilersFoundation.ca.

For more information, contact:

Kimberly Brenner
Senior Communications Coordinator      
YMCA of Northern Alberta  
Phone:  780.429.5706
kbrenner@northernalberta.ymca.ca                                                                                     

Kelsey Spohn
Corporate Communications Coordinator  
Oilers Entertainment Group
­­­­Phone: 780.668.8190
kspohn@edmontonoilers.com