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Why United Way

Over 135,000 people live in poverty right here in the Edmonton region. Many people across our university, government, and multiple community organizations and agencies are working to understand and solve this problem. The United Way stands at the heart of many of those efforts by supporting the delivery of over 100 programs and services — all dedicated to creating pathways out of poverty partnering with 50 other organizations in the Edmonton area.

University of Alberta Connections

Many of the 50 member organizations partnered with the United Way also partner with the U of A. They open their doors to our students through internships and coops. They assist researchers through joint research projects. Most importantly, the help people on our campuses directly through the services they provide.


Chillin' for Charity

November 7, 11 a.m.
Main Quad  
North Campus

On November 7, come support some super chill swimmers as the JDC West student group from Alberta School of Business gathers as many people as possible to jump into a freezing pool of water!

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U of A Forest Society's Annual Christmas Tree Sale

November 24 to December 23
Corbett Field, 8203 - 114 Street
Weekdays 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Making a difference for the community

The United Way is an effective fundraiser for charities in our community, but it also creates collaboration among community partners who are focused on solving the underlying causes of poverty. The U of A and United Way work together in that effort and the results affect people throughout the university community.

How Nicola Found Her Strength

With her friendly smile, U of A education student Nicola Dakers radiates warmth and empathy — she’s someone you feel you could confide in, share your troubles with. But that generosity of spirit was hard fought for. After experiencing early sexual trauma and decades of depression, Nicola found a light with help from the Sexual Assault Centre, a partner funded by the United Way.

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How To Help


You can help improve the lives for more than 135,000 people in the Edmonton area who live in poverty by donating to the U of A’s United Way fundraising campaign. Last year the U of A raised $691,064 to help those supported by the United Way Capital Region.

The University of Alberta United Way campaign is recruiting staff for experiential learning opportunities as campus ambassadors and event planning support. Gain leadership experience, build new skills, and meet people across campus while supporting people in need in your community.


Poverty isolates people from their community. Let those in need know that they aren’t alone by showing your support and sharing their stories of survival and triumph. Spread the word about the campaign and the work being done to address poverty.


For more information, please contact

Darlene Bryant