Join us in celebrating Nonprofit Day by learning about what we do and by
recognizing the impact you can make to help those in your community!
Calgary is a city of strong communities, and we are proud to be part of that. Our mission is to support and enable those who need it most, connecting people with the resources they need to build a better future.
With your support, we are able to help thousands of people in Calgary to achieve a more resilient and self-sufficient life, while maintaining efforts to protect our environment.
We are proud to be part of the Calgary community, and celebrate non-profit day today by highlighting our impact!
Our 2022 Impact Report showcases the positive impact we have made on the lives of women and their families in Calgary. A few highlights we want to celebrate this non-profit day include:
17,500+ Individuals positively impacted by our community programs.
"I went to the Resource Hubs feeling lost and uncertain about how to navigate the benefits and healthcare system in Canada as I am new to the country. The Facilitators at the Hub guided and supported me. Because of their help, I was able to apply for child benefits, and Alberta healthcare, and navigate the different systems here in Canada. They even provided us with winter clothes, which we desperately needed. When I expressed my desire to find a job and become self-sufficient, they referred me to the Retail Ready program.
Retail Ready changed my life. It helped me adjust to my new environment and feel like I belonged. I learned important skills such as how to plan for the future, they taught me how to save money, and even understand myself better. Through Retail Ready, I found my first job and opened a bank account, allowing me to start saving for the future.
Looking back, I am grateful for the kindness and generosity of the people who facilitated the Retail Ready program. They gave me the tools and support I needed to build a new life for myself and my family." - Ridhi*, Retail Ready Program Participant (*please note an alias was used in this story for confidentiality purposes)
$560,000+ worth of free basic needs distributed
"I moved to Calgary from Ontario in February 2022, leaving a domestic violence situation. With two luggage bags and my children in tow, I was anticipating it would be difficult for us to do the move. But thanks to WINS's House to Home Program, I was able to build a home for my children. The support was amazing. The House to Home Program made living in a different city more comfortable. They provided me with the basic furniture I needed. Everyone in the House to Home Program was great. I was not only able to equip myself with the necessary skills to start a new life, but I was also able to make new friends, which to me, was equally important. Everyone was so supportive, so comforting, and non-judgmental. I felt accepted." - Chantel, House to Home Program Participant
4,900,000+ lbs. of items diverted from Calgary landfill
"I've always had a passion for helping people and organizing things. That's why I was thrilled when I came across WINS through Volunteer Connector. At WINS, I could combine my interests and help make a real difference in people's lives. Even though I've only had a few volunteer shifts so far, I've already seen how important the work of WINS is. They don’t only help women who are struggling but they also help preserve the environment. I get to organize donations that would have been otherwise dumped at the landfill. Sorting through the donations, I realized how many people don't have the basic necessities to have a good quality of life. What I love about volunteering at WINS is how much I can help the staff members. By keeping donations organized, I make their jobs easier, and I get to contribute to a worthy cause. The kind and appreciative people at WINS keep me coming back, knowing that I am helping women have a better life, which makes me a better person too." - Ashley, Programs Hub Volunteer
We offer barrier-free access to people in need in our community, we empower individuals to achieve more resilience and build a self-sufficient life. We are committed to connecting people to resources and services that enrich their lives and lead them towards a better future.
We have a responsibility to lead by example, and we believe that it is possible for us all to live in balance with nature. By actively supporting sustainable development, we can create a better world for our children’s future.
You can support us by donating your new or gently-used items or shop for affordable clothing, furniture, and houseware which helps fund our community programs and services. When you support WINS, you're supporting a circular economy that preserves resources and reduces waste.
To learn about how you can support and get involved with WINS, visit https://www.winsyyc.ca/get-involved