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How United Way makes finding mental health support easier

By leveraging collaborations with experts, United Way is helping improve navigation and access to mental health resources.

United Way volunteers build stronger, more vibrant communities

From building cabins to providing financial empowerment workshops, more than 1,500 United Way volunteers rolled up their sleeves last year to strengthen the fabric of our community.

Student leaders, teachers recognized as changemakers with Awards of Distinction

This year, three innovative Make your Mark projects supporting veterans, vulnerable 2SLGBTQ+ youth, and houseless community members were celebrated at Red Tie Gala.

More high school grads could give Edmonton an economic boost

Synthetic modelling hints that higher graduation rates could significantly grow employment and GDP in the Alberta Capital Region, and reduce strain on social sector

How women experience poverty differently

Let’s dive into some of the compounding factors that women experiencing poverty face, and how programs supported by United Way addresses those barriers to level the playing field.

Using AI to project the impacts of United Way’s work into the future

Thanks to synthetic modelling, we can better understand how wraparound supports in schools can help students, families, and the Edmonton community thrive in 2044.

More people turn to 211 as needs increase

In 2022, as inflation exacerbated existing economic strain, causing increased needs for food access and security, higher energy costs, and decreased housing affordability, United Way’s 211 helpline became more vital than ever to connect people to the services they need.

Community Services Recovery Fund application process opens to support pandemic recovery

The Community Services Recovery Fund is a historic one-time investment of $400 million

Three ways United Way strengthens the social sector

The affordability crisis is putting pressure on non-profits too. Learn more how United Way is collaborating with frontline agencies, all levels of government, and passionate changemakers to build a stronger social sector.

Our favourite stories from 2022

In the face of the challenges over the last year, there was good news to share too. From curating a kid-friendly reading list to powerful stories of resilience, here are five stories you might have missed last year.

‘I always believed we could do it’

Maritza shares her story of escaping Colombia and coming to Canada as a refugee, and how her experience – and the support she received from United Way-funded programs – helped her rebuild her life.

4 ways to do local good this holiday season (and all year long)

It’s the season of friendship, generosity, magic, and goodwill toward all. As you’re making a list and checking it twice, consider adding “a stronger and more resilient community” by supporting United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.