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Funding Crisis


Here is an update on our funding crisis

Last June we went to the City of Lethbridge and the Government of Alberta for help. For the time period of July 2014 to June 2015 we needed $300,000 to continue offering programs the province abandoned in 2011. We asked for $50,000 from the city and $150,000 from the province (leaving $100,000 for us to fundraise) all to maintain service levels of assisting approximately 8,000 young people in Lethbridge. This gave the Province time to decide if youth were a vulnerable group to provide specific employment programming. (We are still awaiting that decision.)

However, the city decided not to provide us with funds and, instead, advocate to the Province on our behalf. The Government of Alberta decided to give us $75,000 in the form of a CIP (Community Initiatives Program) grant. Leaving our organization to find the remaining $225,000 on our own.

Thanks to the generous support of the community, business, and foundations we are almost there. We have received:

  • $35,000 from the United Way
  • $16,500 from Aloca/Kawneer
  • $11,200 from Northside Lethbridge Dodge
  • $10,000 from the Lethbridge Lifelong Learning Association
  • $5,000 from CIBC, $2,000 from the Metis Nation of Alberta Local 2003 in conjunction with Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Centre
  • $1,800 from Westfest
  • $1,500 from the Gord Laurie Foundation
  • $1,300 from the Lethbridge Country Club
  • Over $15,000 in donations from community members

Adding up all these grants, donations, and the CIP grant we have raised a total of almost $175,000 of the needed $300,000.

To make up the remaining $125,000 we were forced to eliminate our much-needed fundraising director position, we are waiting to hear back from a couple of foundations about supplying funding, and we have set our goal for the Investing in Youth fundraising campaign at $65,000 (this campaign is wrapped up by A Taste of Lethbridge).

But this only takes us to June of 2015. Without renewed funding from the Government of Alberta, we will be force to close programs and scale back our service to offer our programs funded by the Government of Canada that assist only 200 youth per year.

With oil prices where they are and the changes to the temporary foreign workers program, Southern Alberta cannot afford to lose services offered at 5th on 5th Youth Services that save the Government of Alberta money and give at risk youth the employability skills they need to enter into the workforce.

At the most conservative estimates we save the government per month what it costs us to run these programs per year.

We are grateful to the community for stepping up and making sure we survived this year. But we need the Ministry of Human Services to look to the future and prepare our future work force.

You can help in two ways:

  1. Donate and help us exceed our goal for the 2015 Investing in Youth Campaign
  2. Write to your MLA, from your perspective, why 5th on 5th is an important part of our community


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A Taste of Lethbridge

It’s official: “A Taste of Lethbridge 2015″ has kicked off! Check out the details so far.

A Taste of Lethbridge 2015 
Date: Saturday, April 11th, 2015        Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Location:  Energy Smart (2825 B-2 Ave South)

  • Click Taste of Lethbridge Poster for the ATOL Poster
  • Click here for a list of this year’s participating restaurants.
  • Click here for the list (and pictures) of the silent auction items up for grabs this year.
  • Click here to be taken to our donor page.
  • For invitations to the gala, simply print, fill out, and return our Donation Form 2015
    For other payment options, scroll down for details.

Our 19th annual donor appreciation gala is shaping up to be the best one yet! Promising to be just as fun-filled as previous years, this year’s event will be featuring delicious food & beverages from different local food and beverage providers, live entertainment, the chance to win some awesome prizes, and much much more. Energy Smart will be the gracious host.

We haven’t released all of the event details quite yet, but we can tell you this much: you’ll have numerous chances to be entered into draws for awesome prizes, and we will update you with the details soon. Keep checking back- we will be posting updated information on the food & beverage vendors, prizes, silent auction items, and entertainment regularly. And don’t forget to check out our silent auction item list regularly, as we will be posting pictures and descriptions of all the items up for grab this year. Now you can scope out the goods beforehand!

See you on April 11th!

Donate today, to be invited to this evening to remember! To make it easier, we now accept online donations – just be sure to give us your information, so we can give you an invitation! Donations of increments of $125 will entitle you an invitation for 2 people to attend, as well as a charitable tax receipt.
Call (403) 329-3555 to donate with your credit card (VISA or MasterCard), or simply drop by 435 5th Street South to donate by cash, debit, or cheque

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  • March 11: Free Tax Clinic at 5pm – register today!
  • March 5, 12, 19 & 26: Art Program – drop in noon – 2pm
  • March drop in to get help with your resume any day!
  • March Casual Labour Orientations are at 9am Monday – Friday


  • April 11: A Taste of Lethbridge (donate today!)
  • April 15: Free Tax Clinic at 5pm – register today!
  • April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Art Program – drop in noon – 2pm
  • April 3 & 6: Closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday
  • April: drop in to get help with your resume any day!
  • AprilCasual Labour Orientations are at 9am Monday – Friday
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