The support of a community can change lives

Until May 30, all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, doubling your impact and
helping your gift go twice as far to support local people in need. Give today!

As humans, we are wired to connect. Most of us crave social interaction and the feeling of being part of something bigger than ourselves. But when our social ties are weakened—or if they don’t exist at all—the loneliness can be overwhelming. We long to belong.

The mass social isolation that we are experiencing together has been unprecedented. We’ve been challenged to close our doors to help reduce the impact of the pandemic, and after a year unlike any other, many people in every corner of our community are feeling lonely and disconnected while struggling with mental health challenges.

The good news is that everyone has the power to help. That’s why we’re asking local people to open their hearts this spring to create more connected communities, so that everyone feels they belong.

Creating ripples of kindness

Safely connecting with the people around you and sending ripples of positive impact in your community is easier than you think.

Here are a few ideas to create your own ripple of kindness. Try one today!

  • Invite your neighbour on a socially-distanced walk at a nearby park
  • Start a virtual book club
  • Write messages of hope in sidewalk chalk
  • Join Letters Against Isolation to brighten a senior's day
  • Host a virtual watch party to enjoy a movie with friends or neighbours

Share your ideas on social

Your turn! Have you found any creative ways to stay connected, or do you want to shout out anyone who’s lifted you up lately?

Let us know using #UnitedApart and we’ll re-share to inspire others!

Three good reasons to connect while apart

Taking intentional action to build a more connected community benefits you and the people around you. Here are a few reasons why it’s so important.

1. Reduce stress.

Having a strong social network helps us cope with stress and difficult times (like a global pandemic).

2. Improve well-being.

People with strong social connections have a 50 per cent increased chance of a longer life.

3. Support your local community.

Making people feel included is a small act of kindness that makes a world of difference.

Donate now, double your impact

Your donation helps your family, friends, and neighbours reconnect with their communities and improve their mental health and well-being through access to support when they need it most.

If you can, donate today to improve local lives.

Give today

Contribute to this life-changing work before May 30 and your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, doubling your impact and helping your gift go twice as far to support local people in need.

Our work to increase belonging and well-being

At United Way, we work to improve local lives through community investments that help people in Calgary and area build meaningful social connections and grow positive mental health—in turn creating a stronger sense of belonging and well-being. In response to the pandemic, we are actively and steadfastly working with local partners to address our community’s evolving needs and pave the road to resiliency and recovery.

Explore some of our key projects and initiatives.

Community Hubs

This ground-breaking initiative helps people like Brenda create meaningful social connections through unique neighbourhood spaces in five locations across Calgary. Community Hubs help people participate more fully in their neighbourhoods through access to vital programs and services.

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Natural Supports Simulation

This innovative online experience helps adults build their capacity and skills to support child and youth mental health. Intervening at the earliest signs of distress in kids is important so feelings of sadness, loneliness, or anxiety don’t go unaddressed and get worse. Natural Supports YYC is offered for free through The Social Impact Lab, powered by United Way.

211

This free information and referral helpline is made possible with support from United Way. 211 connects local people to supports, services, and resources to address a wide range of concerns, including isolation and mental health. It’s available 24/7 through call, text, or online chat.

Other ways to get involved

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Give now, double your impact!

Until May 30, all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, doubling your impact and helping your gift go twice as far to support local people in need.

Give today

2020 Bhayana and Agency Appreciation Awards

Join us on May 6 for the 2020 Bhayana and Agency Appreciation Awards to recognize all the non-profits and community leaders who support our most vulnerable.

Register now

Stay connected

Join a group of like-minded people to influence social change in your community.

Two people helping connect their communities

Brenda moved to Calgary to take care of her elderly parents, but experienced isolation. Through a United Way initiative called Community Hubs, she found a sense of belonging and is now giving back.

Read Brenda’s story

Bertha’s family taught her the importance of helping others at a young age. Today, she’s building community as a United Way volunteer and helping connect young professionals with a passion for philanthropy.

Read Bertha’s story

United, we make the biggest difference.

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