Lethbridge Community Bingo Association is a 100% non-profit organization that was incorporated under the Societies Act on July 25, 1985. It is made up of 38 Non-profit charities with the majority of its proceeds benefitting the youth and seniors of Lethbridge and surrounding area. Our clubs also reach out to a minimum additional 50 non-profit organizations. Our clubs range from four (4) senior citizen organizations, twelve (12) charities that are strictly involved with the development of the youth through sport programs or education and self improvement programs, Seven (7) Health related charities, eleven (11) service clubs, and one (1) Historical Education Programs.
Here is a brief breakdown on the above charities:
Lethbridge Senior Citizens, Nord-Bridge Seniors, Hungarian Old Timers, and Bridge 55 Club are the seniors organizations that benefit from our Association. Some of the programs that are offered at these organizations are supervision for Adult Daycare, exercise programs, Arts, crafts, computer programs, dances and shop facilities are only a few of the programs offered to our Seniors. Counseling and education and assistance for Heart & Stroke, Alzheimer’s and Senior Abuse Programs and mental health services are also provided. Support for representation for Lethbridge for Senior Games on Provincial levels is also possible. Due to the funds that are raised though the bingos worked by the seniors they are able to enhance these and many more programs offered to the seniors of Lethbridge.
Youth Development and Sport Programs
Synchrobelles Synchronize Swimming, Lethbridge Academy of Diving, Ringette, Rugby, Lethbridge Scouts, Westwinds Gymnastics, Lethbridge American Legion Baseball, Lethbridge 5 Pin Bowlers Association, Southern Alberta Competitive Swimming Association, Lethbridge Football Club, Southern Alberta Trail Riders Association and the Lethbridge Navy League. All of these programs are focused on youth development. Without the assistance of the funds raised through bingos many of these programs would not be affordable for parents. We all know the importance of keeping our youth active and through programs as the ones listed above we are also teaching our youth to be leaders in our community. Many of these programs make it possible for Lethbridge to have representation on both a provincial and in some cases a National level. It allows most parents affordable fees and it helps teach our youth the importance of self worth and pride in themselves, their organizations and the city they are representing.
Health related Charities
CNIB, Birth Right, Lethbridge Association for Community Living, Canadian Ski Patrol System, Kidney Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Southern Alcare Society. These clubs provide support and education to the residence of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. Southern Alcare is a recovery home for individuals dealing with addictions. CNIB provides community-based support to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to participate in life. Without programs such as these available in Lethbridge the citizens requiring them would have to go to the larger health centers, such as Calgary which is not a possibility for many of them.
Great Canadian Plains Railway Society owns and manages the Galt Historic Railway Park located 1 kilometer north of the Village of Stirling. The Railway Park, collects, preserves, restores, exhibits and interprets artifacts which represent the history and social impact of the “steam” era (1880 – 1940) in southern Alberta, with emphasis on the Galt Railway System and the 1890 International Train Station Depot which was situated on the border between Coutts, Alberta / Sweetgrass, Montana. The money raised from Bingos helps the Society to maintain the historic Train Station, help develop railway-themed exhibits, and develop / implement programs for school groups / day camps to raise the publics awareness of this unique historic landmark.
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Coaldale Kinettes, Lethbridge Columbus Club, Knights of Columbus #10547, Loyal Order of Moose, Knights of Columbus #5726, Downtown Optimist, Royal Purple, Sik Ooh Kotoki Friendship Center, and Royal Canadian Legion. These clubs are very important to the city of Lethbridge because not only do they benefit their own clubs and members but they reach out to over 50 more non-profit clubs such as Interfaith Food Bank, Lethbridge Food Bank, Fifth on Fifth Youth Services, Harbour House, YWCA, Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge, Stars, Taber Safe Haven, Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army Family Services, Toys for Tots Program, funding for programs at Coalhurst High and Elementry Schools, BMX Club, 55+ Senior Groups, Kids Sport, Woods Holmes, Safety City, House League sport programs making it possible for all children to play sports, providing Scholarships for all High Schools, Town of Coaldale (public skating, kids fest ,family day musical arts society , food bank, seniors, Night of Lights & Gem of West Library), Chinook Regional Hospital, 4-H Club, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Minor Sports (baseball, hockey and football), and reaching out to the community and assisting individuals such as the Matt Onofrychuk family.
Lethbridge Community Bingo Association relies heavily on volunteers. We are represented with a minimum of 8815 members and 950 youth members plus a minimum of an additional 37 non-profit charities in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. We require a minimum of 98,550 hours per year from our bingo events only, combined with an additional 842 hours per year from our Board and executive.