Volunteer gives plane pull wings in Calgary

Volunteer gives plane pull wings in Calgary

Whilna, shown at left, poses with the Plane Pull planning team. When Whilna took over as the United Way campaign coordinator at UPS Canada, they had been a United Way partner for over 30 years. Employee participation was strong, and...
Recognize a volunteer in this personal way!

Recognize a volunteer in this personal way!

Do you know a volunteer who deserves recognition? Here’s just one of the ways to give them kudos for being a community builder this National Volunteer Week. This week you can call a national hotline (1-855-372-5077) and leave a message thanking...
Workshop makes difficult subject easier to understand

Workshop makes difficult subject easier to understand

No one likes to talk about the elephant in the room:  that uncomfortable feeling of knowing something difficult needs to be addressed but feeling unsure of how to talk about it or what to do.  In some cases though, that...
Kids use spring break to do good

Kids use spring break to do good

It’s spring break this week which means most kids are out of school and spending their time playing video games or hanging with friends. But one special kid, with the help of his big sister, decided instead to host a...
Celebrating International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day

As Amelia Earhart once said, “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” Every day, women around the world are challenging the status quo, standing up...
Connecting immigrants to success

Connecting immigrants to success

Dejan Ciric and his family arrived in Calgary in January 2013. They travelled over 8,000 km from their home in Belgrade, Serbia to build a new life for themselves and their three young children. The Cirics were looking for a...
Bullying and mental health: The ties that bind

Bullying and mental health: The ties that bind

Bullying has had huge pickup in the media recently. It’s been a growing concern for years, but a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, and highlighted in the Boston Globe, shows the long-term impact bullying can have on the...
How to turn boys into WiseGuyz

How to turn boys into WiseGuyz

  On Friday, I had the privilege of attending the Calgary Sexual Health Centre‘s WiseGuyz report to community. WiseGuyz is a program focusing on education, open conversations, masculinity and health of junior high boys. The report to community highlighted the success...
Speaking up for career opportunities for youth

Speaking up for career opportunities for youth

Remember high school? The world was full of possibilities, goals and different paths for the choosing. You could become a doctor, plumber, inspirational speaker or start your own company. Today, quite a few high school students aren’t sure where their...
10 ways to show your community some love

10 ways to show your community some love

With both Valentine’s Day and Family Day coming up, here are a few ways you can give back and show your community some love. Volunteer to get groceries or run an errand for a senior in your neighbourhood. Share your...
3 policy reforms to improve access to ID

3 policy reforms to improve access to ID

Based on research, as well as United Way’s work with the community on ID issues over the past few years, we have identified several key remaining barriers to accessing ID that can be addressed through further consideration of the following...
How rocker Robb Nash is helping kids find the strength within

How rocker Robb Nash is helping kids find the strength within

Being hit and killed in a head-on collision with a semi-truck wasn’t the turning point for rocker Robb Nash. “I didn’t wake up and want to change the world,” he says. “What doesn’t kill you doesn’t make you stronger automatically,...
Need to talk? 3 ways to connect to help

Need to talk? 3 ways to connect to help

Since today is Bell Let’s Talk day, we wanted to highlight a few of the ways Calgarians can get the help they’re looking for over the phone.  Distress Centre Calgary offers a number of lines to provide an attentive ear...
7 effects of living without ID

7 effects of living without ID

Formal government photo identification is essential for gaining access to a range of services, supports and opportunities. ID is often necessary for individuals and families to access health care, rent an apartment, open a bank account and secure formal employment....
'The call that changed my life'

‘The call that changed my life’

Facing depression and anxiety, Ashley Rosales called the Distress Centre for help. If it hadn’t been for this support, she says her life would be very different. “It was probably one of the most important calls of my life,” she...
Women united to support Calgary's girls

Women united to support Calgary’s girls

Donations of gift cards and transit passes can help support individuals and families meet their basic needs and help them get ahead. At this year’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) Luncheon, over $5,000 in transit passes and gift cards was donated...
7 things you didn’t know about Calgary AfterSchool

7 things you didn’t know about Calgary AfterSchool

Today is National Child Day, but this year November 20 also marks the release of the four-year evaluation report from Calgary AfterSchool. This initiative provides programming for children and youth between the critical hours of 3 and 6 pm, giving...
Shell Canada: Providing warmth and hope to flood victims

Shell Canada: Providing warmth and hope to flood victims

This year, Shell Canada broke records by donating over $3.6M to United Way of Calgary and Area through their annual workplace campaign. As a way to provide employees with hands-on experiences, Shell also runs campaign engagement activities, such as volunteer...
Advocacy makes a world of difference for youth

Advocacy makes a world of difference for youth

Having strong support at home can make all the difference for youth as they work to complete high school, especially for Aboriginal students. For Aaron Giroux, an Aboriginal student and recent high school graduate, having his mother advocate for him...
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Local volunteers recognized nationally

Last week, Volunteer Canada opened the phone lines for all Canadians to say thank you to the volunteers in their lives. Thank you to all the volunteers who work every day both in our city and across the country to make this a great place for everyone! Governor General of Canada, His His Excellency the...
Volunteer gives plane pull wings in Calgary

Volunteer gives plane pull wings in Calgary

Whilna, shown at left, poses with the Plane Pull planning team. When Whilna took over as the United Way campaign coordinator at UPS Canada, they had been a United Way partner for over 30 years. Employee participation was strong, and under her leadership, UPS again met their fundraising goals. While everyone was pleased, Whilna felt...
Recognize a volunteer in this personal way!

Recognize a volunteer in this personal way!

Do you know a volunteer who deserves recognition? Here’s just one of the ways to give them kudos for being a community builder this National Volunteer Week. This week you can call a national hotline (1-855-372-5077) and leave a message thanking the volunteer you have in mind. Volunteer Canada then uploads the message to SoundCloud –...
Workshop makes difficult subject easier to understand

Workshop makes difficult subject easier to understand

No one likes to talk about the elephant in the room:  that uncomfortable feeling of knowing something difficult needs to be addressed but feeling unsure of how to talk about it or what to do.  In some cases though, that ‘elephant’ can become dangerous and damaging when ignored or mishandled. According to Stats Canada, Alberta...
Kids use spring break to do good

Kids use spring break to do good

It’s spring break this week which means most kids are out of school and spending their time playing video games or hanging with friends. But one special kid, with the help of his big sister, decided instead to host a bake sale with proceeds going to United Way and relief efforts in Syria. We had...