Our Response to COVID-19

“At United Way of Calgary and Area, we are focusing our efforts on supporting our community to ensure no one gets left behind. We are staying true to our role as a convener, bringing people together to support our community’s urgent needs so we can take care of our most vulnerable. We believe that working together with our partners, we will pave the way for recovery and even greater resilience in the future.”

Karen Young, President & CEO

Read Karen’s blog—Leadership in a Time of Crisis.

Supporting Our Communities

At United Way of Calgary and Area, the health and safety of our communities is our priority. We are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19, and are responding to community needs as they arise.

As we continue to work diligently on a crisis recovery strategy, we are taking every step possible to ensure our community is cared for and supported in order to respond, recover, and eventually return to the resiliency that continues to make our city great. It will take all of us working together to lift up our communities during these uncertain times.

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund, a collaboration between United Way of Calgary and Area and The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency) was a city-wide effort to ensure that social service agencies in Calgary and area could quickly provide emergency funds to the most vulnerable people in our community.

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund granted over $13.1 million to 181 local agencies.

We will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services, Calgary Foundation, Indigenous leaders, government at all levels, and other partners on a city-wide, collaborative effort to support our community’s urgent needs during this public health crisis.


How we’re supporting our community:

A city-wide fundraising effort to ensure agencies can support the most vulnerable people in our community.

Emergency agency funding for needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19.

A centralized hub of timely and accurate information and resources to support the social services sector.

Important resources for individuals requiring support from the impacts of

Office Closure

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 and support efforts to promote social distancing, United Way offices are closed to the public until further notice.

As a duty of care organization, we recognize our role in ensuring all Calgarians get the support they need during this critical time. As such, United Way staff is working remotely and is available by email, phone, or virtually.


United Way will not be hosting public events until further notice as guided by public health orders.

For current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, please go to the Alberta Health Services website.

Elijah BeaverOur Response to COVID-19