Connecting communities. A mural at Calgary's northeast Village Square illustrates the interconnectedness of our community

 

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

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 Rama

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

The partners in Calgary's North of McKnight Domestic Violence Prevention Collaboration gather together during a monthly group meeting

This coalition of 18 community groups work together to end domestic violence in their communities.

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Jill

Jill smiles in front of a photo of her father, who was diagnosed with dementia

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

Read Jill's story

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.

Read Mark's story

 


 

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.

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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