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Improving lives in Calgary

United Way improves lives by investing in local programs and collaborations in the areas of poverty, kids, and communities. By working with diverse partners to bring people and organizations together, we're able to strengthen the network of services and continue making a critical difference in our city.


unique individuals were supported by United Way investments in 2016

500 people / day

accessed programs and initiatives throughout 2016


We are all Calgary.

Together, we are all stronger. Meet a few of the 178,700 people United Way partnered with and supported in 2016.

Pailine smiles and hugs her twin daughters


Pauline's twins had developmental delays in their social and motor skills. Now, they are thriving.

Read Pauline's story

Jill smiles in her Calgary office


When Jill's father was diagnosed with dementia, her family was devastated. But they knew there was help.

Read Jill's story

Alasdair looks up from coring apples at his job in a community kitchen


After losing his job, Alasdair couldn't afford a meal. Now, he knows just how life changing that can be.

Read Alasdair's story

Rama laughs as her baby giggles in her arms


Her family fled Syria fearing for their lives. Now, she has the support to adjust to life in Canada.

Read Rama's story

Randy sits on a medicine wheel carpet in a Calgary agency


Randy supports Calgary's Indigenous youth as they gain the skills and confidence they need to become leaders.

Read Randy's story

Travis sits on a bench in Prospect's offices, where he received career advice and support


Facing mental illness and job uncertainty, Travis received support to gain skills and confidence.

Read Travis's story

Kathryn hugs Teague and smiles

Kathryn & Teague

Teague struggled to keep up with kids his age. Today, his friendships have build his confidence.

Read their story

Jerilyn stands smiling in the Distress Centre Calgary office


Volunteering at a crisis line changed Jerilyn's life. Now, she helps bring hope to others.

Read Jerilyn's story


Shawn sits on a bench outside smiling


Shawn grew up in poverty. His family relied on the help of family friends and neighbours.

Read Shawn's story

Shauna smiles in front of a "Heart of Bowness" poster


For almost five years, Shauna has supported women like Samantha to connect with their community.

Read Shauna's story



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

United Way tackles root causes of poverty, ensuring Calgarians have food, shelter, and can build stability to overcome poverty.

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A group of three girls smiles while hugging one another

Helping kids succeed is a cornerstone of United Way’s work. We ensure kids stay in school and can succeed in adulthood.

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

United Way supports inclusion, mental health, family violence prevention, and strong neighbourhoods.

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