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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

Shawn sits on a bench outside smiling


Shawn grew up in poverty. His family relied on the help of family friends and neighbours.

Read Shawn'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

Pailine smiles and hugs her children


Pauline's twins had developmental delays in their social and motor skills. Now, they are thriving.

Read Pauline's story

Jerilyn stands smiling in the Distress Centre office


Jerilyn saw how isolating mental illness could be when answering a 24-hour crisis line.

Read Jerilyn's story


Kathryn hugs Teague and smiles

Kathryn & Teague

When Teague was young he struggled to keep up with kids his age. Today, he’s happy, confident, and surrounded by friends.

Read Kathryn & Teague's story

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Alasdair knows how life-changing a meal can be.

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Randy sits in front of camera


Randy supports youth as they gain the skills and confidence they need to become leaders.

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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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