United Way looks at the big picture to deliver a coordinated network of services and programs to address a range of needs for children and families who are living in poverty.
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United Way is a network of more than 75 local United Way offices. Since 1941, we’ve worked in the Alberta Capital Region for the betterment of all.
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United Way is helping individuals and families build a strong foundation to live healthy, stable, successful lives. 201,675 people accessed supports for basic needs and personal well-being in 2021.
We live in one of the most prosperous communities in North America, and still, thousands of families and individuals are unable to meet their basic needs. Poverty negatively affects all areas of life including housing, food security, clothing, safety, access to resources, and physical and mental health. The physical, social, and emotional effects of not having a warm home or food in the cupboard can be devastating.
United Way and its local frontline partners provide individuals and families in the Edmonton area with access to healthy, affordable food and emergency relief, as well as assistance in successfully finding and maintaining housing.
Supports the many local families who don’t have the means to purchase the warm clothing needed to withstand Alberta’s harsh winters.
Works to address period poverty in our communities by increasing access to menstrual products for those in need in schools, workplaces, and in the community.
Provides computer technology to youth living on low income to ensure they maintain connection to educational, social, and mental health supports.
Provides counselling support services for mental health challenges and access to mental health education sessions.
United Way supports 33 programs, partnerships, initiatives, and collaboratives to help vulnerable community members with basic needs and personal well-being.
Breakfast Lunch Program
Food Hamper Program
Kitchen Learning Centre
Technology Funding Grant
Drop In Food Program
Rental Assistance Program
Your donation to United Way stays 100% local, providing life-changing support to individuals and families within your community.
Coats for Kids & Families aims to ensure families and individuals with limited resources have access to the proper winter outerwear needed for our cold Edmonton and area winters.