Your donation changes real lives.

Your community and the people in it matter to you. That’s why 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.”


"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 never knew the strangers that were helping us."

"I never knew the strangers that were helping us."

"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."

 

To make the biggest impact possible, you need all the right connections.

United Way works with over 50 social sector partners to deliver over 100 programs and services — all dedicated to creating pathways out of poverty. This means your donation goes farther and wider than any other charitable investment you can make.

And that’s exactly how United Way treats your contribution — like a highly valued investment that generates life-changing results.

To demonstrate the impact, we set clear targets, share timely results and show you how your donation is used to make the greatest difference where it’s needed most.

Changing lives, thanks to you.

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

Breaking the cycle of poverty.

Because of you:

  • 987 teens received support to learn vital parenting skills.
  • 394,000 nutritious meals and snacks were served to 2,200 students.
  • 6,683 children took part in safe and educational after-school programs.

Lifting people out of poverty.

Because of you:

  • 389 adults learned valuable literacy and math skills.
  • 4,511 people living in low income received help filing their taxes and accessing benefits.
  • 8,000 people received a warm coat to get through the winter.

Providing a safety net.

Because of you:

  • 58,897 people were directed to sommunity and support programs through 211.
  • 18,637 people received counselling for grief, addictions, depression and other concerns.
  • 5,000 ESL English language learners had a translator by their side at medical and other appointments.

Poverty is the most challenging social issue our community is dealing with today.

Poverty strips people of self-esteem, robs children of their potential and comes at a cost to every community member. The reality is, poverty holds us all back. Together, we will create a different reality.
One where every and any person held down by poverty is given a chance to take a different pathway.

When YOU support United Way, you’re helping people create their pathways out of poverty.

Helping people. Changing lives. Making every contribution count.