Nov 28, 2018
Andrea Wall/ Kristen Dodds
United Way Community Hubs Project

The Community Hubs initiative is a partnership between United Way of Calgary and Area, The City of Calgary, and Rotary Club of Calgary, in support of the Enough for All Strategy, specifically:

  1. All Calgary communities are strong, supportive, and inclusive
  2. Everyone in Calgary can easily access the right supports, services, and resources

“This is the first partnership of its kind in Canada where a United Way, municipal government, and service club are taking on a neighbourhood initiative at this scale,” says Karen Young, President, United Way of Calgary and Area. “2016 was a foundational year with the investment in the first two hub sites at Village Square, and 1000 Voices at the Genesis Centre. We look forward to building on and learning from these models as we work with communities to activate the other sites.”

Acting as a ‘community living room’ of sorts, Community Hubs are easily accessible gathering places for residents to connect, socialize, plan, and host community activities. They will house resources and services identified as needed by the community, and serve as a platform to ignite conversations on things with local impact.

Education, employment, financial literacy, resident involvement and leadership; kids recreation programs, childcare, and youth initiatives; counselling, food hamper distribution, connecting isolated seniors, and assisting new immigrant families. These are just some of the things Community Hubs are looking at offering with the goal of helping individuals and communities thrive.

The true power of Community Hubs lies in their uniqueness to reflect local needs and desires. Empowering residents to shape and build the kind of community they want to live in and raise their families in.