About Us – United Way Alberta Capital Region

United Way of the Alberta Capital Region

United Way fosters bold social change. By bringing people and organizations together and providing support to people in need, we increase the impact for good in the Edmonton area.

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What We Do

We are committed to tackling poverty together — that’s the United Way.

United Way of the Alberta Capital Region takes a systems-wide approach to collaborate and deliver local programs and services that address the root causes of poverty. Working together, we minimize duplication and deliver larger scale impacts and lasting change.

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When you support United Way, you are an important part of a movement of changemakers who share your social purpose and want the same things for our community. Together, your actions and resources multiply your impact right here at home.

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Our Vision

We envision a poverty-free community, where…

  • All children and youth achieve their full potential, complete high school, and set a course toward a bright future.
  • All individuals and families attain greater independence and financial stability, contributing to their personal success and the success of our economy.
  • Everyone feels a meaningful connection to the community, enjoying a strong sense of well-being and safety, for themselves and their families.

In pursuing our vision, through our values we will:

  • Provide non-partisan leadership in social change
  • Endorse innovation, partnerships, and collective action
  • Deliver meaningful, lasting results
  • Respect community wisdom and encourage citizen involvement
  • Encourage and promote volunteerism and volunteer leadership
  • Demonstrate trust, integrity, transparency, inclusivity, and respect
  • Embrace diversity

United Way’s Commitment to Reconciliation

We are all Treaty people. United Way acknowledges our connection to one another, here on Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Nation of Alberta Region #4. The diverse Indigenous Peoples of this land include the nêhiyawak, Blackfoot, Dene, Anishinaabe, Nakota Sioux, Inuit, and Métis. Many of our staff are settlers living and working in this Territory. We all have a responsibility to uphold the spirit and intent of the original treaties and build relationships, trust, and understanding. Reconciliation is critical to United Way’s work in addressing poverty, as colonialism has directly caused Indigenous people to experience higher rates of poverty. We are grateful for the resources, knowledge, and culture Indigenous people share with us as we walk the path towards reconciliation together. We honour and respect Indigenous contributions supporting our work to ensure no one in our community is left behind.

Who we are

Our Movement

In Canada, United Way is a network of more than 75 local United Way offices. Each office is registered as its own non-profit organization and governed by an independent volunteer-led local Board of Directors. Each United Way works locally to raise funds and invest in improving lives in its own community.

Our History

United Way has a long history in Canada, dating back nearly a century. Over the years, we have been known by many names – among them Community Chest, United Appeal, and Red Feather. Since 1941, when “taking care of our own” was our call to action, we have worked in the Alberta Capital Region to provide support for those in need. Today, our fundamental belief remains the same: that together we can do so much more than we can do alone. Our impact is multiplied when our actions and resources are combined with others.