Think Pink with United Way

Think Pink with United Way

Here at United Way of Calgary and Area we stand together against bullying in our homes, schools and workplaces. We believe in safe, inclusive environments and healthy relationships! Unfortunately the facts are that too many Albertans are still experiencing bullying. Check out...
Introducing....Humans of Bowness!

Introducing….Humans of Bowness!

  You’ve probably heard of Humans of New York. It is a Facebook page started by American blogger and photographer Brandon Stanton. He decided to take photos of everyday New Yorkers and share their stories on social media. Viewers get...
Do Gooders at their best! A look back at United Way’s 2014 campaign

Do Gooders at their best! A look back at United Way’s 2014 campaign

2014 was a year filled with unforgettable moments and special people. It was a year where everyone came together to do whatever they could to make Calgary a great city for all. We’ve managed to capture some of these moments...
Talking about youth mental health

Talking about youth mental health

January 28th marks Bell Let’s Talk Day – an initiative to break down barriers associated with mental illness. Bell will be donating 5 cents for every tweet using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, as well as for Facebook image shares, text messages...
10 Fun United Way Campaign Moments of 2014

10 Fun United Way Campaign Moments of 2014

From hundreds of  dancing Batmen to plane pulls, ballet twirls and balloon pops – the 2014 United Way campaign was full of excitement. All of these events bring Calgarians together to have fun and raise funds for poverty, kids and...
Roadmap to poverty reduction

Roadmap to poverty reduction

Today marks a significant milestone for United Way of Calgary and Area (UWCA) and its many partners in the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative (CPRI) as we transition ownership of the Enough for All strategy to Vibrant Communities Calgary. Take a look...
Highlights of our 2014 Do Good Challenge

Highlights of our 2014 Do Good Challenge

The Do Gooders of our city have united! We challenged all Calgarians to do one good thing before the end of 2014. Big or small, it’s anything you can do to support those around you and make a difference.  Using...
5 reasons you should apply for the Urban Exposure Project

5 reasons you should apply for the Urban Exposure Project

Are you an amateur photographer who wants to learn more about your city? Do you have big dreams about seeing your work exhibited? Do you care about social issues facing Calgarians? If you answered yes to any or all of...
One Decade Later: Reflecting on the success of the Aboriginal Youth and Education Strategy

One Decade Later: Reflecting on the success of the Aboriginal Youth and Education Strategy

Happy 10th birthday to the Aboriginal Youth and Education Strategy (AYES)! AYES launched in 2004 with the goal of increasing the high school completion rates of Aboriginal students in Calgary.  Joanne Pinnow, a Strategy Lead on the project, reflects on...
Pulse Studios accepts United Way’s Do Good Challenge – Will You?

Pulse Studios accepts United Way’s Do Good Challenge – Will You?

  Pulse Studios is a unique space.  We are the only dance studio in Alberta focused on promoting urban dance and Hip Hop culture. The team spends a lot of time reflecting on our role in the local urban dance...
Meet the next generation of leaders in Calgary

Meet the next generation of leaders in Calgary

Congratulations to Anna Murray and Michael Jolie – the first-ever recipients of the $2000 Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy!  The award was created by Mike, Heather, Lindsay and Sean Culbert. The Culberts recognize the importance of encouraging and empowering the...
It's our right to play

It’s our right to play

National Child Day is celebrated annually on November 20 to recognize Canada’s commitment to the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. It is a day to celebrate the rights of children and raise awareness of issues that...
Poverty in Calgary - Can you make the month?

Poverty in Calgary – Can you make the month?

Can you make the month in Calgary? 1 in 10 Calgarians struggle to do just that. And poverty has far reaching consequences for Calgary. Experience the challenges of living on a limited budget with the newly launched makethemonth.ca. Make the...
5 things you didn’t know about National Philanthropy Day®

5 things you didn’t know about National Philanthropy Day®

November 15th marks National Philanthropy Day®. Every year on this day, hundreds of communities across North America honour local donors and volunteers for their giving and charitable engagement. This year, I am honoured to be the volunteer Co-Chair of the...
Generosity of Spirit: How one company’s culture is all about giving back to Calgary

Generosity of Spirit: How one company’s culture is all about giving back to Calgary

Philanthropy is the love of humankind. There are examples of philanthropy in the giving of money, goods, services, time, talent, and effort to support community causes and charitable activity. Philanthropy seeks to make the world a better place. – Association...
The top 5 things I know about vulnerable youth

The top 5 things I know about vulnerable youth

What’s changing? Working together to connect natural supports to vulnerable youth. This was the topic of the third installment of a conference series led by United Way called Pushing the Limits. Speaking on the topic and engaging local and provincial...
Do Gooders In Action: How Everyone Can Do Good for Calgary!

Do Gooders In Action: How Everyone Can Do Good for Calgary!

For United Way’s 2014 “Do Good” campaign, we engaged 15 community-building Calgarians that believe in order for Calgary to be great city for all, we all play a role! All of the individuals involved have become Do Good Ambassadors on...
A Chance Encounter + A Talented Immigrant = A Better Calgary for All

A Chance Encounter + A Talented Immigrant = A Better Calgary for All

Ken Lima-Coelho is the Vice-President of Communications and Financial Development for YMCA Calgary. He attended United Way of Calgary and Area’s annual campaign kickoff on September 4, 2014. While there, he met a man named Saqib. Below is Ken’s story...
5 reasons you should apply for The Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy (a.k.a. The Do-Good Award!)

5 reasons you should apply for The Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy (a.k.a. The Do-Good Award!)

  A $2000 Award! Two next generation philanthropists in Calgary between the ages of 20-39 will be awarded $2000 to enhance their professional development or philanthropy. Just think, you can get an award for the work you are already doing...
Chrystell - Her story

Chrystell – Her story

Saturday, October 11th is the third International Day of the Girl. It’s a global initiative to promote girls’ rights, highlight gender inequality between girls and boys and shine a light on the different forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by...
Raising $500 in 2 days – An 8-year-old did it, can you?

Raising $500 in 2 days – An 8-year-old did it, can you?

What happens when an 8-year-old boy shows up at your doorstep and invites you to listen to something he really cares about? The next thing you know, he tells you that he is skipping rope for the hearts of those...
Do Good Ambassador in the spotlight - Gilmore Junio

Do Good Ambassador in the spotlight – Gilmore Junio

“I love this city,” Gilmore Junio starts. “Coming home from the road when I fly over the city, I feel anxious to get back. There’s such a positive energy here; it’s different from anywhere else.” Gilmore made international headlines at...
All in for Youth wins big at the Shaw Charity Classic

All in for Youth wins big at the Shaw Charity Classic

Calgary youth were once again winners at this year’s Shaw Charity Classic. The second annual PGA TOUR Champions Tour event will benefit eight youth-focused charities in Southern Alberta including All in for Youth, a citywide initiative focused on school completion....
Lux Laundromat: Thriving Business, Art Gallery & Community Hub

Lux Laundromat: Thriving Business, Art Gallery & Community Hub

Gerrit Rysdyk was cleaning the windows of Lux Laundromat when I approached him. The clean windows, freshly painted wall, beautiful hanging artwork and his wide smile are only a few elements that make Lux a welcoming hub for Sunalta residents...
Mental health for all

Mental health for all

Here are 12 simple ways to practice mental fitness from the Canadian Mental Health Association: 1. Learn ways to cope with negative thoughts: Negative thoughts can be insistent and loud. Learn to interrupt them. Don’t try to block them (that never...
Take 67 minutes to change the world

Take 67 minutes to change the world

Nelson Mandela once said: “It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” To celebrate his life and legacy, the United Nations named July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day, encouraging people from around...
10 tips for surviving and thriving at Stampede!

10 tips for surviving and thriving at Stampede!

Two dynamic Calgary leaders, United Way CEO Lucy Miller and Karen Young, have joined forces just in time for Stampede! Young is United Way’s new Chief Operating Officer, moving from three decades of leadership at The City of Calgary where...
Flood Series: Bowness's Laundry Fairy one year later

Flood Series: Bowness’s Laundry Fairy one year later

To mark the one year anniversary of the worst flooding in Southern Alberta’s history, we’re sharing a series of stories on the work that immediately followed. We saw community superheroes emerge, working together to ensure all citizens were safe, cared...
Flood Series: After the flood, heroes emerged [Infographic]

Flood Series: After the flood, heroes emerged [Infographic]

To mark the one year anniversary of the worst flooding in Southern Alberta’s history, we’re sharing a series of stories on the work that immediately followed. We saw community superheroes emerge, working together to ensure all citizens were safe, cared...
Flood Series: Local heroes ensured kids were safe, didn’t go hungry

Flood Series: Local heroes ensured kids were safe, didn’t go hungry

Photo: Urban Exposure Project participant Sally Berges To mark the one year anniversary of the worst flooding in Southern Alberta’s history, we’re sharing a series of stories on the work that immediately followed. We saw community superheroes emerge, working together...
5 ways to celebrate Aboriginal Awareness Week

5 ways to celebrate Aboriginal Awareness Week

This year’s Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary (AAWC) kicks off June 15 and runs through to National Aboriginal Day on June 21. AAWC’s theme this year is “Keeping the Circle Strong,” honouring the past, present and future of all communities. Below...
Flood Series: How you helped vulnerable women after the flood

Flood Series: How you helped vulnerable women after the flood

To mark the one year anniversary of the worst flooding in Southern Alberta’s history, we’re sharing a series of stories on the work that immediately followed. We saw community superheroes emerge, working together to ensure all citizens were safe, cared...
Capturing a city of surprises

Capturing a city of surprises

The Urban Exposure Project, led by United Way’s Gen Next initiative, takes amateur photographers on a journey to get to know our city better. Participants meet with community planners, agency staff and tour local agencies to learn about social issues....
Have you ever seen a 94 year old woman bowl?

Have you ever seen a 94 year old woman bowl?

June 1 is Intergenerational Day, which recognizes and celebrates the different generations and the value they bring to each other and our community at large. And it’s these connections between generations that made it possible for a 94 year old...
7 reasons to consider creating a legacy

7 reasons to consider creating a legacy

Leaving your mark in Calgary is a very personal decision. May marks Legacy Giving month, dedicated to education around the importance of thinking to the future – and thinking about the gift you could leave to a charity that means...
Empowering women -- One dress at a time

Empowering women — One dress at a time

As June quickly approaches, so does the second year of Calgary’s June Dresses campaign. June Dresses is a fundraising campaign led by Vista Projects, a Calgary-owned and operated engineering firm. Women collect pledges and commit to wearing dresses or skirts...
Steps of Kindness to feed Calgary students

Steps of Kindness to feed Calgary students

Tyler Weninger is devoted to his city. Now in grade 7, he continues to do everything in his power to raise money to feed hungry kids in Calgary. On May 3, he and a group of friends climbed the Calgary...
5 ways to help kids graduate: Lucy's blog

5 ways to help kids graduate: Lucy’s blog

Last week, the Alberta government announced school completion rates are on the rise province-wide. It’s great news – and now we have an opportunity to build on this success. In Calgary, we’re ahead of the curve. School completion rates here...
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Introducing Natoo'si: On Intergenerational Trauma and Wellbeing

Introducing Natoo’si: On Intergenerational Trauma and Wellbeing

In 2009, the federal government declared June as Aboriginal Awareness Month across Canada and at United Way of Calgary and Area, we’re hosting a series of events to celebrate and raise awareness all month long. It’s an exciting time for our organization! Our ten-year Aboriginal Youth and Education Strategy (AYES) may have wrapped up in...
How you can build a great city for all...Now and in the Future

How you can build a great city for all…Now and in the Future

May was Leave A Legacy month and we had a fantastic time sharing the Tomorrow Fund as another way to build a great city for all, now and in the future! “I have contributed to the United Way for the last 45 years and I have a strong desire to support United Way forever.” John, United...
Think Pink with United Way

Think Pink with United Way

Here at United Way of Calgary and Area we stand together against bullying in our homes, schools and workplaces. We believe in safe, inclusive environments and healthy relationships! Unfortunately the facts are that too many Albertans are still experiencing bullying. Check out the infographic below, supported by the Government of Alberta, that outlines what you should know and...
Introducing....Humans of Bowness!

Introducing….Humans of Bowness!

  You’ve probably heard of Humans of New York. It is a Facebook page started by American blogger and photographer Brandon Stanton. He decided to take photos of everyday New Yorkers and share their stories on social media. Viewers get a peek into the personal lives of a stranger, allowing them to learn more about...
Do Gooders at their best! A look back at United Way’s 2014 campaign

Do Gooders at their best! A look back at United Way’s 2014 campaign

2014 was a year filled with unforgettable moments and special people. It was a year where everyone came together to do whatever they could to make Calgary a great city for all. We’ve managed to capture some of these moments in our highlights reel. It was presented this morning at Spirits of Gold, United Way...