Too many residents in neighbourhoods across Calgary and the surrounding area find it difficult to access essential services and supports. For people living on a low income, or those facing critical social issues like domestic violence and social exclusion, opportunities to build a good life aren’t equally available. These barriers are often amplified for vulnerable individuals—including seniors, people living with disabilities, and newcomers—and can lead to social isolation and mental health issues.
United Way invests in prevention and early intervention programs which provide a wide range of community-based services that help strengthen neighbourhoods across Calgary and the surrounding area. Our investments are targeted to enhancing mental health and well-being, healing from intergenerational trauma, freeing people from domestic violence, and supporting residents to lead in creating strong neighbourhoods where everyone has a sense of belonging.
Take action for your community
Living in Syria, Rama and her family lived each day fearing it would be their last. When they came to Canada, they received help to adjust to their new lives. Read her story here.
Partnering to prevent violence
This coalition of 18 community groups work together to end domestic violence in their communities.
When Jill's father was diagnosed with dementia, her family was devastated. But they knew there was help.
When his son was born with Down syndrome, Mark realized how vital community supports could be.
Focus on issues
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 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.
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.
Strong neighbourhoods benefit everyone. United Way empowers community residents to take action, connect with one another, and achieve positive change for their neighbourhood.
211 is a 24/7 helpline available in over 150 languages that connects people with supports.
Area Community Partnerships
United Way partners with the towns of Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, and Strathmore.
United Way works with residents, partners, and the city to act on local issues and create lasting neighbourhood change.
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.