Understanding local needs.

United Way creates pathways out of poverty in our community by investing in three focus areas and working together with funded partners, government and community organizations. Learn more about our three focus areas.

 

All that kids can be

From the early years through high school completion, children and youth must have support for the full path to development to reach their full potential.

From Poverty to Possibility

People with low income, and those experiencing homelessness, must have supports to attain financial stability.

 

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Healthy People, Strong Communities

Individuals and families need timely access to supports that strengthen their well being and their neighbourhoods.

 

Lifting our neighbours out of poverty.

United Way isn't just a federated fundraiser. Our community programs provide support to families in the Alberta Capital Region every day.

 

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Tools for School

Tools for School aims to reduce one known barrier preventing children and youth from successful learning and participation in school.

Empower U

Empower U

Empower U combines financial literacy programs for women with a 1:2 matched savings component.

Each One Teach One

Each One, Teach One

Each One, Teach One, develops staff from financial institutions into financial literacy trainers to help people living in low income increase their understanding and ability to manage their finances.

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Coats for Kids and Families

Coats for Kids and Families began in 1992 due to overwhelming requests from families and individuals.

Inkind Exchange

Inkind Exchange

A convenient, cost effective way for charities to acquire office furniture, technology and personal care products.

Poverty Simulations

Poverty Simulations

A Poverty Simulation is a unique and powerful experience which challenges perceptions, changes perspectives and strengthens understanding and empathy.

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Care Kits for Homeless Connect

We purchase items, build and distribute personal care kits to all of the participants who come through the doors.

UDodge

U Dodge

U DODGE connects youth and mentors together to encourage cross peer interaction and community spirit.

ALL IN FOR YOUTH

This first-of-its-kind local initiative focuses on getting children and youth successfully through their education years and on to high school completion.

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Results you can see.

Your donations have a significant impact on the lives of families living right here in the Alberta Capital Region.

Education - All that Kids Can Be

Because of you, in 2015:

  • 2,100 Kid Kits were given to parents so they could work with their children to develop early literacy and fine motor skills, so they were ready to start school.
  • 2,200 children and youth had volunteer in-school mentors, providing guidance that helped them get involved in positive activities, do better in school and work toward graduation.
  • 12,400 backpacks full of school supplies were provided to children in low income families, making sure they had all the essentials to start the school year.

Income - From Poverty to Possibility

Because of you, in 2015:

  • 47,000 people were able to put food on the table with nutritional hampers from Edmonton and area Food Banks.
  • Local low income families got help to access $6 million in tax refunds, credits and child benefits.
  • 6,000 people received a warm coat to get them through the winter from the Coats for Kids and Families program.

Wellness - Healthy People, Strong Communities

Because of you, in 2015:

  • 650 people got help through a newly launched drop-in, single session counselling service.
  • 12,500 individuals in crisis or distress received the immediate help they needed through The Distress Line, On Line Crisis Chat and the Senior's Abuse Help Line..
  • Over 5,000 newcomers with limited or no English, received interpretive services to help them navigate essential services like: medical, education, and legal.

Poverty is not being able to make ends meet - and that means more than a lack of food, shelter, and clothing. For the 120,000 people living in poverty in the Alberta Capital Region, poverty means so much more than not having enough money. It means devoting more time to just surviving; it can mean forgetting what hope is, living in fear of what might happen today or the next.

Together, we are changing lives.

Danisha's family was thrown into poverty when her father died unexpectedly. With great foresight, her mother enrolled her in Big Brother Big Sisters, changing the course of her life forever.

Danisha's family was thrown into poverty when her father died unexpectedly. With great foresight, her mother enrolled her in Big Brother Big Sisters, changing the course of her life forever.

Grant is connected to United Way both as a client and as a volunteer. He is grateful that he is able to store his identification at Boyle Street Community Services through the Edmonton Safe ID Storage Service.

Grant is connected to United Way both as a client and as a volunteer. He is grateful that he is able to store his identification at Boyle Street Community Services through the Edmonton Safe ID Storage Service.

Brittany was on a destructive path until her school counsellor encouraged her to take part in a 14 week paramilitary program offered by the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team.

Brittany was on a destructive path until her school counsellor encouraged her to take part in a 14 week paramilitary program offered by the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team.


Calculate Your Impact

The Impact Calculator was introduced in 2014 to provide supporters with an online tool that could easily illustrate the impact of their donations by simply entering in a fundraising goal and dollars raised.