United Way funded programs are empowering people to create new beginnings with supports such as basic needs, employment and financial literacy training.


85,063 people helped through United Way investments

30 Funded Programs and Partnerships

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Every funded program reports the impact that programs have on clients. Here are some examples:

  • Increased confidence and stability in their lives because of skills learned or supports accessed.

  • Improved employability skills and improved employment opportunities.

  • Gain of financial knowledge and increasing access to financial resources, tools and services.


How we do it.

United Way invests in our region's success by providing funding where the need is greatest. Our strategy is 100% local, shaped specifically for the Alberta Capital Region and impacts families right here in our community.


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Employment Skills & Training

People living in low-income are the most vulnerable to employment loss, unemployment and underemployment. They face multiple barriers to finding and retaining employment, including lack of education and job skills, lack of qualifications, high costs of childcare, lack of transportation, and lack of confidence.


Financial Literacy Training

Families living in low-incomes often struggle to manage finances, have fewer assets, if any, and are at an increased risk for acquiring more debt to make end meets. By helping improve money management skills and providing convenient access to financial support programs, families are able to get on track and plan for a better future.


Quality & Secure Housing

Attaining and maintaining quality, safe and affordable housing is a challenge for many people living in poverty. Shelter is by far the biggest expense for people living with low-income, with some people spending 30% or more of their total household income on housing costs. Individuals and families thrive when they have a stable and safe home.


Healthy & Affordable Food

Low-income households often have to choose between paying rent, paying bills or buying food. Lack of adequate food can have negative effects on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of an individual. Malnutrition can negatively impact employee’s productivity and children’s ability to concentrate and learn.


Even though I am in debt, there is a way out.”
— Financial Literacy Program Participant