October is End Poverty Month

Community is the power that drives change

1 October 2021

“Now is the time to engage with poverty in Calgary and commit to taking the necessary steps to end poverty in our city. It starts with each Calgarian getting involved in poverty reduction work, including active work towards Truth and Reconciliation. Together, we can meet our shared community vision where there truly is enough for all.”

VCC’s executive director Meaghon Reid

October is End Poverty Month in Calgary and VCC wants to encourage everyone to share their thoughts on poverty in our city and how we make a difference by working together as a community.

Together we are innovative and come up with solutions to complex challenges. We are privileged to work with dedicated and passionate Calgarians that are a driving force for creating change in our city.

Activities throughout October will amplify the voices of lived experience and will raise awareness of poverty reduction efforts in Calgary. Voting is a direct and powerful way to influence change in our city, a quick reminder to vote on October 18 and get out the vote with the #nonprofitsvote campaign.

Change starts with each of us. Join us to learn, engage and take action in poverty reduction in our community:

  • Take the Enough for All Poverty Pledge and share on social media using the hashtags #EndPovertyMonthYYC and #enoughforall.
  • Join Poverty Talks! annual event for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty for an in-depth conversation about poverty in Calgary, led by people with lived experience. Learn about the challenges of living in poverty and how everyone can be a part of the solution. Register to attend Poverty: It’s a Trap on October 17 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. 
  • Keep an eye out for upcoming episodes of Let’s Talk Poverty. This month we sit down with Mayor Nenshi to get his insights on over a decade of serving as Calgary’s mayor and his hopes for the future. We also catch up with Poverty Talks! Sue Gwynn to talk about the voices of lived experience.
  • Continue on your learning journey towards Truth and Reconciliation by checking out the latest teachings of the Enough for All Indigenous Advisory Committee.