What is FCSS?
Westlock & District F.C.S.S. provides a wide range of services designed to promote individual, family and community wellness. F.C.S.S. is a partnership between the Town of Westlock, Westlock County and the Village of Clyde.
The F.C.S.S. office is open for questions about programs, in-person registration, and referrals to other social agencies and programs throughout the community on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Our community experiences an enhanced quality of life.
Westlock and District F.C.S.S. provides preventative services and supports initiatives; helping individuals, strengthen community resiliency while valuing personal uniqueness.
We assist in completing Provincial and Federal Income Support Program forms.
For information on Alberta Seniors Benefits visit www.alberta.ca/alberta-seniors-benefit.aspx
Services are available to assist with routine housekeeping duties for clients with disabilities, elderly, chronically ill or suffering from short term illness.
Excursions are coordinated for residents to interact and enjoy nearby destinations.
Family School Liaison
In partnership with Pembina Hills Regional Division, F.S.L. workers are in the schools to provide supportive counselling to children and their families experiencing difficulties either at home or in school.
Caring for Kids
With generous community donations, F.C.S.S. coordinates the payment of emergent /extraordinary expenses for kids and families.
Coats for Kids/Families
Winter clothing donations for all ages are accepted and are available to community residents in need.
Westlock & District F.C.S.S. partners with several agencies and groups on various projects and special events:
- Seniors Conference
- Women’s Conference
- Light-Up parade
- F.A.S.D. Committee
- Voices for Westlock & District Seniors
- Westlock & District Foodbank
- Family Day
- Seniors Week
Support for Non-Profits
Local nonprofit organizations can access supports for:
- Board Training
- Bylaw & Policy reviews
- Grant Writing
Interested individuals are always welcome to volunteer with a variety of our programs and services. Let us know if you are interested in getting involved!
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
Volunteers assist low income individuals, families and seniors with completing basic tax returns at no charge. This national program includes training for volunteers to provide this service.
Meals on Wheels
In partnership with Pembina Lodge, volunteers deliver nutritional meals to seniors/disabled residents who are unable to provide adequate meals for themselves.
Volunteers assist senior participants as the enjoy outings to nearby destinations.
Volunteer drivers provide transportation to others for medical appointments in the City of Edmonton, City of St. Albert and the Town of Barrhead.
Voices for Westlock & District Seniors
Join the Committee to collaborate and promote senior friendly communities.
Christmas Spirit (formerly Santa’s Anonymous)
Volunteers assist in gathering and selecting gifts for program participants.
Rural Kids Matter Coalition
Interested community individuals are welcome to join the Coalition to help ensure every child in our communities has a positive early childhood development.
Local Emergency Response
Volunteers are needed to assist in the coordination of needs for evacuees using the services of a Reception Centre. Duties can include:
- registering evacuees
- arranging for clothing, food or accommodations
- assisting with medical needs
- helping with pet care
- acting as a greeter
- providing facility security
F.C.S.S. organizes or supports several community events. Volunteers can help in many ways:
- Light Up Parade – volunteers help to assemble and distribute treat bags
- Senior’s Conference
- Family Day
- Women’s Conference
WESTLOCK & DISTRICT F.C.S.S. CHRISTMAS SPIRIT PROGRAM APPLICATION
Westlock & District F.C.S.S. is coordinating the Christmas Spirit Program (formerly knowns as Santa's Anonymous Campaign) for local residents in the Town of Westlock, Westlock County and Village of Clyde. Families and individuals, with qualifying income levels will be considered for this program.
To be eligible for this program:
- The Christmas Spirit Program Application is available as a download
Christmas Spirit Program Application Download or call 780-349-5900 for a telephone appointment
- Prior Year Tax Notice Assessment must be provided, reflecting income status
- Families and individuals will be considered eligible by a referring agency using information including, but not limited to, financial need, family size, etc
Food vouchers and gifts are ONLY for permanent residents; visiting grandchildren/children or other guests do not apply.
Applicants providing false information or are receiving assistance from another agency will be permanently taken off the program list.
Applicants will be contacted by phone to advise if approved and when and where pick up will occur.
Christmas Spirit Program (formerly Santa's Anonymous)
Westlock & District F.C.S.S., in partnership with local business, agencies and residents, is again coordinating the Christmas Spirit Program for local residents in the Town of Westlock, Westlock County and Village of Clyde. Every year the goal is to run the campaign as a cost-recovery program.
Families and individuals, with qualifying income levels, will be considered to receive food vouchers and gifts.
Local community businesses, agencies and residents have been very supportive of this program in prior years and are invited to join in the program to support local families.
How can you participate?
- Collect financial donations
- Collect gift donations
- Sponsor a family through the Adopt-A-Family Program
- Volunteer, help collect and prepare items for distribution
For further information, please contact the Westlock & District F.C.S.S. Office at 780-349-5900.
This program matches sponsors with registered families in need. For more information, contact the Westlock & District F.C.S.S. Office at 780-349-5900.