Overcoming poverty leads to more opportunities and has a positive impact on well-being, health, and overall quality of life. Currently, 1 in 10 Calgarians live in poverty.
United Way works with partners across Calgary to reduce poverty and help Calgarians achieve success. This means ensuring Calgarians have enough to eat, a safe place to sleep, access to financial skills and resources, and the skills needed to gain meaningful employment.
Take action on poverty
Give today to support Calgarians to reduce and overcome poverty.
Try to Make the Month
Visit our digital simulation to see if you can make it through a month living on a low income.
Organize a Collection Drive
Collect hygiene supplies in your workplace or community to support low income Calgarians.
After losing his job, Neil struggled. He received support to start a business and support his family.
After years spent living in poverty, LeeAnne found the supports she needed to change her family's life.
Illness has had a huge impact on Sarah's family, and asking for financial help was difficult.
Raised in poverty, Nathan knows the impact it can have on a family – and the importance of accessing help.
Focus on Issues
Everyone needs food, shelter, and clothing. United Way ensures these immediate needs are met while also addressing root causes of these issues.
Financial instability can impact your entire life. United Way helps Calgarians access resources and build skills to manage their finances and save for the future.
A job can change everything. United Way helps people build job skills so they can secure meaningful employment, helping them move out of poverty.
Building on the Basics
This partnership works to make basic needs services more effective and evaluates their impact.
Enough for All
This collaborative initiative is working to dramatically reduce poverty in Calgary.
This citywide initiative addresses the root causes and immediate needs of poverty.
Publications and Research
United Way ensures its 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.