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.


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Break the Cycle

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.

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Lift People Out

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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Provide 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.



Tools for School

Tools for School reduces 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.


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.


Care Kits for Homeless Connect

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


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.


Highlights in 2017:

  • 13,000 children received backpacks of school supplies.
  • 416,600 nutritious meals and snacks were served to high needs students.
  • 633 families received positive parenting classes.


Highlights in 2017:

  • 5,782 people got help to file their income taxes and access benefits.
  • 339 financial literacy sessions for vulnerable community members.
  • 100 women living with low income received job training.


Highlights in 2017:

  • 5,600 hygiene kits to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
  • 3,000 counselling sessions for individuals facing mental health issues.
  • 113,730 meals served to low-income seniors.

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.