The charitable spirit of Calgary was alive and well in 2015. The United Way of Calgary and Area announced that in 2015 donations totaled $55.2 million, which will go towards funding programs and services for hundreds of thousands of residents.
“Thank you for believing in a better Calgary; one where every child can finish school on time, seniors are cared for, a safe home is the standard and people have access to counselling, training and mentoring,” said Lucy Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Calgary and Area in a press release.
Miller says now that the campaign is over, work begins to implement those changes for the coming years.
“The truth is, right now people in Calgary are living with critical social issues,” said Miller. “Calgarians live in poverty. The problem with poverty is that it decreases opportunities for greatness. Calgarians struggle with mental health issues, domestic violence, and social exclusion.”
Going forward, Miller says that to build a better Calgary, Calgarians must stand together.
“As a city, we will fight for a community of support that will help build resiliency through difficult times,”said Miller. “With your skills, passion and desire we will create opportunities for all Calgarians to thrive.”
— Calgary United Way (@UnitedWayCgy) February 10, 2016