Why United Way

Over 120,000 people live in poverty in our own community.  People struggling with tough issues, many homeless; thousands of families that can’t make ends meet, making choices between paying the rent and feeding the kids; and countless others battling struggles like mental illness, family violence, lack of education and job skills, language barriers, and more.

 

Together, we will move beyond managing the symptoms and work toward ending poverty. No other organization offers a broader range of solutions, impact and results. The best part? It's 100% local.

 

Lasting Solutions

Your donation helps deliver 100+ programs that lift people out of poverty and prevent those at risk from falling into it.

Local Impact

Our strategy is 100% local, ensuring that your help impacts families right here in the Alberta Capital Region.

Visible Results

We set clear targets and share the results, showing how your contribution changes lives.


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211 is a 24-hour information and referral line that helps people connect to social, health and government services.

Your donation changes 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.”


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

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

"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.

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