Understanding local needs.

United Way creates pathways out of poverty in our community by investing in three focus areas and working together with funded partners, government and community organizations. Learn more about our three focus areas.

 

 

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

When you're born into a life of poverty, it's all you know. We're helping kids from the start, with early learning and development, support through the school years and all the way to high school completion.

Lifting people out of poverty

Whether you're living on the streets or working multiple jobs and still can't make ends meet - all your time is spent surviving. We're empowering people to create new beginnings with supports such as employment and financial literacy training.

 

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Providing a safety net

Sometimes, life just takes a turn. A family crisis, a job loss, injury, mental illness, addiction, domestic abuse - the list is endless. We're helping people get back on track by providing critical services such as mental health supports and referral services.

 

Lifting our neighbours out of poverty.

United Way isn't just a federated fundraiser. Our community programs provide support to families in the Alberta Capital Region every day.

 

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Tools for School

Tools for School aims to reduce one known barrier preventing children and youth from successful learning and participation in school.

Empower U

Empower U

Empower U combines financial literacy programs for women with a 1:2 matched savings component.

Each One Teach One

Each One, Teach One

Each One, Teach One, develops staff from financial institutions into financial literacy trainers to help people living in low income increase their understanding and ability to manage their finances.

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Coats for Kids and Families

Coats for Kids and Families began in 1992 due to overwhelming requests from families and individuals.

Inkind Exchange

Inkind Exchange

A convenient, cost effective way for charities to acquire office furniture, technology and personal care products.

Poverty Simulations

Poverty Simulations

A Poverty Simulation is a unique and powerful experience which challenges perceptions, changes perspectives and strengthens understanding and empathy.

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Care Kits for Homeless Connect

We purchase items, build and distribute personal care kits to all of the participants who come through the doors.

UDodge

U Dodge

U DODGE connects youth and mentors together to encourage cross peer interaction and community spirit.

ALL IN FOR YOUTH

This first-of-its-kind local initiative focuses on getting children and youth successfully through their education years and on to high school completion.

Results you can see.

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 community 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.

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.”

“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 didn't have a childhood like most girls'."

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


Calculate Your Impact

The Impact Calculator was introduced in 2014 to provide supporters with an online tool that could easily illustrate the impact of their donations by simply entering in a fundraising goal and dollars raised.