Building strong communities to change local lives

1 in 4 independent Calgary seniors live alone.

1 in 3 Calgarians don’t feel they belong in their community.

7,152 Calgary women, children, and seniors were turned away from women’s shelters due to overcrowding between 2018 and 2019.

221,500 Calgarians experience addiction or mental health problems.

A community is only as strong as the sum of its parts, and strong, supportive, and inclusive communities are vital to a thriving city. But in too many neighbourhoods across Calgary and the surrounding area, local residents are dealing with complex issues that prevent them from building a good life. For people living on a low income, or those facing critical social issues like domestic violence, social exclusion, mental health challenges, and intergenerational trauma, opportunities to build a good life aren’t equally available. And we want to change that.

Because poverty is clustered in certain neighbourhoods in Calgary, United Way is building a foundation for strong communities by investing in services and supports that strengthen and connect all residents. To address these complex issues, United Way and local agency partners invest in vital, community-based resources that help change lives. Together, we’re creating strong neighbourhoods where everyone has a sense of belonging.

What’s being done

Community Hubs

A city-wide initiative that provides access to vital supports and services, and turns strangers into friends.

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211 Calgary

211 is a 24/7 helpline available in over 150 languages that connects people with community-based health and social supports.

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Healthy Aging Alberta

Learn how this rich network is helping to make Alberta one of the best places in the world to grow older!

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Area Community Partnerships

Partnerships between United Way and the towns of Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, and Strathmore.

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Natoo’si Indigenous Healing & Well-Being Initiative

Addressing intergenerational trauma as a root cause of the challenges many Indigenous people face.

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See how the support of a community can change lives


Carolina and her family left everything behind in Venezuela to start a new life in Canada, choosing Calgary because of its educational opportunities for her daughter.


Vincenzo’s family struggled under the weight of intergenerational trauma – but a community of care was there.


Giving back can be life changing. For Michele, it was also life saving.

Learn more about the #UNIGNORABLE issues we’re tackling in our community

Social Isolation

Domestic Violence

Intergenerational Trauma

Mental Health

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211 is a 24/7 helpline available in over 150 languages that connects people with supports.

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