A large group of community partners cheer at the launch of one of United Way's community initiatives

United Way improves lives by investing in local programs and collaborations in the areas of poverty, kids, and communities. We support more than 100 local community agencies and 56 collaborative initiatives to impact the lives of more than 150,000 individuals every year.


individuals were supported by United Way investments in 2017


people were engaged through partnerships and initiatives


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Improving lives locally

Meet a few of the 150,000 people United Way partnered with and supported last year.

A few of Calgary’s North of McKnight Domestic Violence Prevention Collaborative smile at one of their monthly meetings

North of McKnight

This coalition of 18 community groups work together to end domestic violence in their communities.

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Bryanna smiles while sitting at a desk in her local Calgary high school


When she faced homelessness at 16, school couldn't be Bryanna's priority. Now, that's changed.

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Jill stands in her office.


When Jill's father was diagnosed with dementia, her family was devastated. But they knew there was help.

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Alasdair looks up from coring apples at his job in a community kitchen


After losing his job, Alasdair couldn't afford a meal. Now, he knows just how life changing that can be.

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Rama laughs as her baby giggles in her arms


Her family fled Syria fearing for their lives. Now, she has the support to adjust to life in Canada.

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Randy sits on a medicine wheel carpet in a Calgary agency


Randy supports Calgary's Indigenous youth as they gain the skills and confidence they need to become leaders.

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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.

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Kathryn hugs Teague and smiles

Kathryn & Teague

Teague struggled to keep up with kids his age. Today, his friendships have build his confidence.

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Jerilyn stands smiling in the Distress Centre Calgary office


Volunteering at a crisis line changed Jerilyn's life. Now, she helps bring hope to others.

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Patricia stands in front of the local Calgary agency that helped her


When Patricia fled abuse, she worried where she and her children could go. Now, they're finding home.

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A young man tries to sleep under a busy Calgary underpass

For too many in our city, poverty is a daily struggle. It touches every aspect of a person's life.

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A group of young kids play in a field in their community

Kids are the future of our city. But too many of them are struggling.

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A mural in Calgary's northeast demonstrates the interconnectedness of our communities

A community is only as strong as the sum of its parts, and strong communities are vital for all residents.

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