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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


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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.

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

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

Shauna smiles while standing in front of an 'I love Bowness' heart


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

Read Shauna'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

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

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

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

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

Rita smiles during her senior's community exercise class


Rita felt isolated after her husband died. Now, she’s connected to her community.

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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.

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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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