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Urban Exposure Project Exhibit

June 13, 2018

Join United Way and Gen Next to celebrate the culmination of this year’s Urban Exposure Project. Experience the riveting images and stories captured on camera by the participants as they uncovered the truths and myths about the social issues affecting Calgarians.

Register here

Campaign Kick Off

September 6, 2018

Details coming soon.

Plane Pull

September 16, 2018

Details coming soon.

Do More With United Way

Being part of your community is a great way to give back right where you live and work. Here are a few ways you can get involved.


Donating to United Way is an investment in the local community. All investments are monitored and reported on annually. Invest in our city today >


Giving your time is a great way to connect to the community and make an impact on the lives of others. United Way has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Learn more on our volunteer page >

Run a Workplace Campaign

Bring your co-workers together around a common cause while giving back to our city. Learn more about how to get started >

Learn About Our Work

United Way works across our city and the surrounding area to fight poverty, help kids thrive and build strong communities. Learn more about our work >


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The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is a strong network of female donors that engage together on social issues impacting Calgarians. The WLC provides meaningful opportunities for women to connect with each other and their communities as philanthropists, volunteers, and as leaders. Membership is open to individuals who contribute $1,200 or more annually to United Way of Calgary and Area.

Member Benefits

  • Receive invitations to exclusive educational and networking events with passionate, like-minded women
  • Learn about women's social issues
  • Receive updates on the WLC's work through newsletters
  • Hear and share women's leadership stories
  • Be recognized as a WLC member in the annual Honour Roll

For more information on the Women's Leadership Council, please email us at .


Jill's Story

Meet Jill, a local Calgarian with a unique story. When Jill's father was diagnosed with dementia, her family was devastated.

But they knew there was help. Hear how United Way has impacted her family.

Women's Leadership Committee


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Susan Swan


Community Leader

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Rhiannon MacDonnell Mesler, PhD

Vice Chair

Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge (Calgary Campus)

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Stephanie Pankratz, MPACC, CPA, CA

Vice Chair

Senior Manager, Audit, KMPG


Suzanne Polyak

Supervisor of Internal Communications, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

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Janet Soles

Community Leader


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Shell Canada Limited is a proud WLC Sponsor.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in supporting the Woman's Leadership Council program, please contact us.


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We know it takes our whole community working together to create lasting social change. Making a difference locally improves lives and makes all of us stronger.

United Way provides numerous engagement opportunities to take action right here in our communities. In 2017, thanks to the help of donors, agency partners, and volunteers, we brought together hundreds of Calgarians to take part in engagement opportunities in the community.

In 2017, 17,095 people volunteered 543,347 hours!.



Taking local action

Run a campaign

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Boost morale, promote team building, and increase your company profile while improving lives in your community!

Learn more

Upcoming events

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We have all kinds of events throughout the year. Take a look and join an event that works for you.

Find your event

Gen Next

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Gen Next brings local millennials together to transform our city through leadership and philanthropy.

Learn more

Women's Leadership Council

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This network of female philanthropists focuses on local social issues impacting Calgarians.

Learn more



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Giving your time is a great way to connect to your local community and make an impact on the lives of others.

Learn more

The GAIN Team

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The Group for Assisting and Improving Non-profits (GAIN) are high-skilled volunteers helping local charities.

In 2017, 61 volunteers helped 98 projects at 72 local non-profits.

Learn about our work

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We work with local partners to improve lives and mobilize communities for lasting social change.

Learn more


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Your time and talent can be given in many ways to those in need in our community. For more information email Heather Innes, volunteer lead at United Way.

All In for Youth

You can make a world of difference in the lives of youth by volunteering as a tutor, through a career talk, or one of our other volunteer opportunities. Volunteer positions are open across the city to support youth in achieving academic success.

Learn more

Workplace Campaigns

Workplace Campaigns raise funds to support United Way. Staff who volunteer to coordinate a workplace campaign at their company are supported by our Campaign Associates and Campaign Cabinet. 

Learn more

Volunteering around Calgary

If you're interesting in learning more about volunteer opportunities around the city, visit Propellus and their full listing of volunteer opportunities at varying skill levels and time committments.

Search volunteer opportunities