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Creating a better future for all Calgarians

United Way invests in local programs and collaborations that drive social change in three key areas: poverty, kids, and communities. This work ensures youth can finish high school on time, seniors are cared for, everyone has enough to eat, a safe home is the standard, and people have access to counselling, training and mentoring.


unique individuals accessed programs United Way invested in 2015

Almost 500 people / day

accessed programs and initiatives throughout 2015


Stories from the community

Calgary is more than a place. It is a community of people. And our city will only be great if everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Sama smiles at the camera while sitting at a desk


Removed from her abusive home, Sama was supported by positive adults who helped her build a bright future.

Read Sama's story

Mark's son Gage smiles at himself in a mirror while in his playschool class


When his son was born with Down syndrome, Mark suddenly realized how vital community supports could be.

Read Mark's story

An elderly man, Archie, with white hair smiles on a bench in his neighbourhood


Feeling isolated in his home, Archie wanted to be more involved in his neighbourhood.

Read Archie's story

Michaella stands against a fence waiting for the bus to school


Getting back to school wasn't easy, but it's helped Michaella realize her potential.

Read Michaella's story

Nathan stands on a bridge in Calgary's Bowness neighbourhood


Raised in poverty, Nathan knows the impact it can have on a family – and the importance of accessing help.

Read Nathan's story

Louise smiles while telling her story of recovery


After experiencing domestic violence, Louise relied on the support of family and the community to begin to heal.

Read Louise's story

Amy stands against a wall in a bright shirt


Forced to leave school to take care of her mother, Amy found it difficult to return to finish high school.

Read Amy's story

Jeremy pauses mid-sentence while telling his story


Youth homelessness can have a lasting impact on a young person, which is why Jeremy works with homeless youth.

Read Jeremy's story

Sarah holds her tea cup while looking out the window of her home


Illness has had a huge impact on Sarah's family, and asking for financial help was difficult.

Read Sarah's story

LeeAnne crosses beside a community centre in Bowness, Calgary


After years spent living in poverty, LeeAnne found the supports she needed to change her family's life.

Read LeeAnne's story


The Social Equation

The Social Equation tells the story of critical social issues facing Calgarians. By strengthening each part of the equation, we will create infinite possibilities for our city.

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Home is written with light in front of a dark community arena

Overcoming poverty opens up opportunities and positively impacts quality of life.

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A group of three girls smiles while hugging one another

Successful kids are the future of our city.

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A young woman holds bushels of fresh carrots while standing in a community garden

Strong communities connect and strengthen all Calgarians.

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