Regina Barz the Literacy Coordinator, with the Estevan Area Literacy Group, shared about how the United Way impacts their organization.

Barz explains what they use their funding for, "The funding we receive from United Way provides the literacy group with a stable foundation. And enables us to offer programs to a wide audience. And it covers costs that grants don't cover. Mostly it is for supplies, wages, and other costs which appear. That's why we are always happy to have United Way help us out."

And if United Way funding wasn't available, "We would have to make cuts in the programs we're offering, during the entire year."

United Way is a big part of the community and as one of the member agencies, Barz adds, "Well, it means a lot. Were prepared to come and join the Telethon and explain what we're doing. And bring more awareness, and have kids come and join our program. And expand even more in helping the people in our community."

"This summer we had Nature Smarts running and it was such a huge success. And we actually had more kids coming and trying to join in the programs then we actually had spaces for. And we're very thankful that it was that great. And we're hoping that next year we will have even more funding to create more programs in the summertime. Especially when the kids are out of school and the parents are actually still working. So we can give an opportunity for the parents to bring their kids and increase literacy and communication skills."

Literacy is an important asset to our community, making United Way a more important part of our community then we realize.

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