A group of employees participate in a Brain Architecture Game during their United Way workplace campaign

These engagement activities can help you and your co-workers feel more connected to the community, learn about United Way’s work, and build morale. They can also help bring your workplace together to see the impact of your donation.

Not sure what’s right for your campaign? Take a look at our campaign engagement menu to see what fits your time frame and number of participants. If you have questions, please contact your campaign manager or our campaign engagement team.


Agency tours are a great way to get to know the work being done across our city. They allow your co-workers to get a direct view of how their donations are impacting the community.

You will need to do some traveling for an agency tour, but believe us, it’s worth it!


Make the Month Simulation

Challenge your perspective and experience what it's like for 1 in 10 Calgarians living at or below the poverty line. United Way's online poverty simulation, Make the Month, is an interactive experience where a group makes difficult daily decisions based on a limited budget. A United Way facilitator provides further context and leads an in-depth discussion about poverty in Calgary.

Make the Month was developed in partnership with Imperial and gifted to United Way of Calgary and Area. It’s now available in communities across Canada.

Customize a Make the Month event poster for your campaign.


Brain Architecture Game

Explore the powerful role relationships have on the developing brain. In this facilitated and hands-on activity, teams attempt to build the biggest and most resilient brain using only the materials provided.

The Brain Architecture Game was purchased and licensed; its intellectual property belongs to a not-for-profit partnership. Production and distribution has been generously sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Customize a Brain Architecture Game event poster for your campaign.


Collection Drives

Each year, organizations across Calgary collect soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner to help low income families and individuals. Donations of hygiene products reduce the operating costs for many agencies and help low income Calgary families.

In 2016, over 60 boxes of goods were delivered to partner agencies thanks to Ausenco, Baytex Energy, Flour Canada, Imperial, Jacobs Canada, Keywest Projects, Tim Hortons, and WorleyParsons.


Poverty Simulation

Learn what it's like to survive day-to-day on a low income. Living on the Edge: A Poverty Simulation is a live group exercise where participants are assigned a role and challenged with the difficult choices many Calgarians face. This facilitated session encourages discussion around poverty in our city.

The poverty simulation kit was purchased and licensed from the Missouri Association of Community Action.


A team of staff from Repsol smile during their 2015 United Way Day of Caring volunteer experience during their workplace employee campaignVolunteering

Our Day of Caring® volunteer opportunities are a great way to team up and get involved in your community. These opportunities boost morale, promote team-building and promote your company’s visibility in the community. They also actively involve you in improving the community through direct assistance to a local organization.

These opportunities require a minimum of three weeks to plan. Please contact us at 403-231-2615 or email our team.


For more information on these and other opportunities, contact our campaign engagement team.

Please note that from September to December these activities are reserved for workplaces running a United Way campaign. If you would like to book an activity at another time of year, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your request!