Strong Communities. A woman stands in a community garden after picking locally grown carrots

Strong communities connect and strengthen all Calgarians.

United Way works with partners from across the city to ensure communities are vibrant, safe, inclusive, and welcoming. By connecting neighbours, we work to ensure everyone has access to the resources, services, and supports they need to thrive in their community.

Take action for your community

Donate

Give today to strengthen and connect Calgary communities.

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Share 211

211 is a 24/7 helpline available in over 150 languages that connects people with supports.

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Help a neighbour

Help neighbours in your community with snow removal in winter and lawn care in the summer.

 


 

Meet Rita

After her husband died, Rita struggled to connect with others. But she was able to access programs to connect with friends and meet new people.

 

Mark

Mark holds his son Gage in his arms, smiling, in a momentary break from playing

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

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Archie

Archie smiles while sitting on a park bench in his neighbourhood

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

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Louise

Louise smiles while telling her story of healing after experiencing domestic violence

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

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Focus on Issues

Social Inclusion

An elderly woman smiles while at her local community center. Photo: Heather Rowe.

Connected and inclusive communities ensure seniors, newcomers, and those with disabilities are able to access resources and supports. United Way investments ensure Calgarians can connect and feel included.

Mental Health

A young man looks up at a mural of a smiling sun. Photo: Alexandra McCredie

Mental wellness is often dependent on available community supports. United Way connects people to the necessary mental health supports and counselling to be healthy and successful.

Domestic Violence

A couple stands together holding hands.

Family violence impacts individuals, families, and communities. United Way helps build healthy relationships, reduce interpersonal conflict, and provide safe places and support for those fleeing violence.

Neighbourhoods

Rows of elevated community garden plots. Photo credit: Ramsey Yuen

Strong neighbourhoods benefit everyone. United Way empowers community residents to take action, connect with one another, and achieve positive change for their neighbourhood.

 

 


 

Communities Initiatives

211 Calgary

211 is a 24/7 helpline available in over 150 languages that connects people with supports.

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Area Community Partnerships

United Way partners with the towns of Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, and Strathmore.

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Neighbourhood Strategy

United Way works with residents, partners, and the city to act on local issues and create lasting neighbourhood change.

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Natoo'si Indigenous Healing & Well-Being Initiative

This initiative addresses intergenerational trauma as a root cause of the challenges many Indigenous people face.

Prevention of Family Violence

This coordinated strategic approach to prevention programming supports initiatives that target the root causes of domestic violence.

 


 

Publications and Research

United Way ensures it's driving social change through rigorous research into social issues and their root causes. We also advocate for public policy and systems-level change to create long-term positive change in our community.

Look at our communities publications