You are part of the solution!
Building a community where everyone prospers means we all need to work together. It’s going to take action and ideas from all Edmontonians to build a strong economic and social legacy for our children and grandchildren.
The ways to contribute are many: time, money, expertise, energy. Be part of the solution.
Count yourself in.
You are likely already involved in helping to build a poverty-free community if you...
- Engage in programs to support your neighbourhood, local school or faith community
- Own, manage or work in a business that’s building a more caring and prosperous community with new solutions and job opportunities
- Provide services and support as part of the social services or not-for-profit sector
How Does Your Organization Align?
Ending poverty takes more than just individuals. Collaborative leadership from all sectors, organizations and communities is vital to achieve this bold vision.
How do your organizational actions align with the priorities of the EndPovertyEdmonton Road Map and vision? What are you planning for the year 2017-2018 that resonates with the ideas and initiatives in the Road Map?
Download, complete and return the alignment document to have your organization added to the list of Count Me in aligned organizations and groups.
Have you ever wondered how you can be a part of something bigger but didn’t know where to start?
Here are some options to get you going.
- As a business person, be a mentor and share your business expertise with organizations that find solutions to poverty.
- Support businesses that pay a living wage and encourage businesses to pay a living wage. You can learn more about Edmonton’s living wage at edmontonsocialplanning.ca.
- Use your creative skills in art, video, music or writing, to foster new understanding of poverty and prosperity.
- As an entrepreneur or business person, get involved in mentoring community groups to create social enterprises that alleviate poverty, pay for themselves and allow for reinvestment in the business or community
- Recognize the human dignity in every person you meet.
- As an employer, create healthy workplaces and encourage employees to build their skills.
- Develop empathy. Volunteer in organizations that serve the homeless and those struggling with poverty.
- Support local Aboriginal businesses. For more information you can visit: aksis.website/
- Donate healthy and nutritious foods or help with a community garden
- Volunteer for an early childhood learning or care organization.
- Participate in a workshop that helps you relate and work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
Have your Voice Heard
- Speak up in the face of prejudiced beliefs/unfair discrimination and #MakeItAwkward
- Talk with your local elected representatives about ending poverty.
- Vote for candidates that prioritize ending poverty.
- Advocate for anti-racism and intercultural competence training in your workplace.
- Be an advocate for inclusive housing and mixed income communities.
- Speak out to reduce the stigma around mental health.
- Champion the cause of ending poverty in your neighborhood.
- Participate in our EndPovertyEdmonton engagement sessions or fill out our survey online.
- Spread the word and share this Strategy with colleagues, friends and family.
Learn more for yourself. Change the Conversation
- Challenge your own perceptions of poverty by participating in the United Way’s poverty simulation exercise. Please check dates at myunitedway.ca/poverty-simulation.
- Recognize we are all Treaty people. Read Treaty No. 6 for yourself; it provides a guide to how we all can cooperate and the role of self-determination.
- Learn about the costs and impacts of poverty in our city.
- Read Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015) to learn more about Aboriginal issues. Please go to trc.ca.
- As a parent or teacher, take your kids to Edmonton City Hall School.
- Learn about food security issues and initiatives in Edmonton.
- Host a viewing of the National Film Board’s documentary “Trick or Treaty” by Alanis Obomsawin. Please go to nfb.ca/film/trick_or_treaty
- Learn more about human rights at albertahumanrights.ab.ca.
- Start the conversation to better understand the experience of people living with poverty.
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Join the Conversation
Ending poverty benefits us all, and we’re embarking on a city-wide conversation about it. Our approaches to ending poverty — even the ways we talk about poverty — are evolving.
There is no one simple solution, and finding solutions takes the entire community. We invite you to raise your voice, share your opinions and be part of this conversation.