Thinking of volunteering?

87% of Canadians agree: without volunteering, society would suffer. According to a 2017 study by Volunteer Canada, 12.7 million Canadians volunteer an average of 154 hours per year each through non-profit organizations, charities, and public institutions—and there are more volunteers in Alberta than the national average (50 per cent versus 44 per cent). Needless to say, your time, talent, and energy are huge assets to the community. Not only is volunteering a tremendous help to the organization or cause you want to support, it’s a meaningful opportunity for you to put your passion into action, develop (or use your best!) skills, expand your social circle, and improve your health.

In the United Way community alone, in 2018, 40,413 people volunteered 521,870 hours to improve lives locally.

Research from 2017 shows that volunteering has a proven positive impact on our physical and mental health. As a result of giving back:

93% of people say their mood has improved

88% of people say their self-esteem has increased

79% of people say their stress levels have decreased

75% of people say they feel physically healthier

Adults over 50 are less likely to develop high blood pressure

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are you ready to take the next step? Start building a stronger community, boost your health and feel great about making a difference today!

All In for Youth

All In for Youth — a citywide initiative to help youth stay in school and graduate on time–is always in need of volunteers to tutor, speak at a career talk, or otherwise make a difference in the lives of youth. Volunteer positions are open across the city to support youth in achieving academic success.

Workplace Campaigns

Workplace campaigns are intended to rally employees in a fundraising effort to support United Way. Staff who volunteer to coordinate a workplace campaign at their company are supported by our campaign associates and campaign cabinet.

Join our Speakers Bureau

Become a speaker to share, highlight, and raise awareness about the stories that matter to you, while gaining valuable public speaking experience. Speakers are matched with the best opportunities by United Way, and present at various workplaces across Calgary and area. See FAQ.

Volunteering around Calgary

Want to find a meaningful volunteer opportunity around the city? Visit United Way partner Propellus for their full list at varying skill levels and time commitments.

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