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Creating Pathways Out of Poverty is a bold initiative - one that we must take on together as a community. Governments are working to build up supports; non profits are focused on delivering a balance of programs and services; and corporate partners are exploring investments in key initiatives and opportunities for workplace campaigns. And YOU as a community member have an important role, too.


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Poverty is about not being able to make ends meet – and that means more than just a lack of food, shelter and clothing.

Poverty takes many forms and in most cases results in a loss of self-esteem, identity, privilege, and power. When we talk about poverty, we’re really talking about an absence of more than just money, we’re talking about an absence of support for children from birth to kindergarten, we’re talking about families and individuals not able to maintain independence and financial stability in their homes and lives, and we’re talking about communities unable to find the resources to strengthen well being and the neighbourhoods in which we live.

For the 120,000 people living in poverty in the Alberta Capital Region, it 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.

Your donation changes real lives.

United Way makes sure your donation is helping local families, neighbours and friends right here in the greater Edmonton area through our 100% local strategy. These are just a few of the real people your donation impacts and their stories.

 
“I was determined to give my son a better life.”

“I was determined to give my son a better life.”

"My daughter's birth should have been a time of celebration."

"My daughter's birth should have been a time of celebration."

“Learning to read as a grown man was a challenge.”


"I was seven years old when I witnessed my mother's murder."

"I was seven years old when I witnessed my mother's murder."


"As hard as it was, with support I found hope and purpose."

"As hard as it was, with support I found hope and purpose."

"I didn't have a childhood like most of girls'."

"I didn't have a childhood like most of girls'."


"I like who I am today and I’m confident about my tomorrow."

"I like who I am today and I’m confident about my tomorrow."

"My life changed the day I was sexually assaulted."

"My life changed the day I was sexually assaulted."


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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.