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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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 #DoGoodYYC, we’ve received dozens of inspiring photos and stories. We’d like to share our 5...
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 the above, you should apply for the Urban Exposure Project. Like, now. Like the average...
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 the past decade and what the future holds. As told to Felicia Zuniga. Congratulations 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 community – how we can foster it and help build it. We understand the importance...
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 next generation of Calgarians to get involved in their community and give back through charitable...