Estevan Diversified Services is just one of the groups who benefit from the Estevan United Way and the funds raised through the telethon.
"We have both residential and vocational services for adults with intellectual disabilities," explained Roberta Derosier with EDS. She shared that the money will be going towards changing the language and wordings in some of the materials they provide to their clients.
"A lot of our clients come to EDS and a lot of the wordings for our programs are in language that honestly, they are just not capable of getting. So we're working on changing a lot of our policies and procedures to clear language which is very basic language that they would be able to understand."
EDS has also benefitted in other ways as well. From transportation costs to renovations to create a wheelchair accessible washroom, the United Way funding is a huge benefit to this organization
"There are some things that are not covered by the government and for our clients to be able to get to appointments and different things throughout the community because we don't have a busing system and taxis are very expensive."
"It's a huge asset to us."
This year, the goal is $335,000. The Telethon runs from October 26th at 8 am to October 27th at 5 pm.