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News releases

The following news releases relate to our current campaign year:


New United Way report finds that a growing income gap hits young people, immigrants andracialized groups the hardest.

It’s a point of civic pride that the GTA is one of the most diverse regions in the world. But, a newreport from United Way Greater Toronto reveals that deep divides are undermining the promise that “diversity isour strength.” Rebalancing the Opportunity Equation looks at income trends over the past 35 years, as well as theincome gap between young people, immigrants, racialized groups and the rest of the population in Peel, Torontoand York regions.

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Recent Media Releases
Name Owner Date  
May 1, 2019   Linda Brennan 5/7/2019 9:47:52 AM    
UNITED WAY INVESTS $3.5 MILLION TO SUPPORT YOUTH EMPLOYMENT. Funds help increase the employability of young people facing multiple barriers. On the launch of Youth Week, United Way Greater Toronto is announcing a $3.5-million investment over the next year towards programs that help youth secure meaningful employment in Peel, Toronto and York regions. This investment will support 30 programs that support youth facing multiple barriers, including racialized, LGBTQ, Indigenous, newcomer, low-income, and disabled youth.

April 9, 2019   Linda Brennan 5/7/2019 9:38:54 AM    
POVERTY ISN’T LETTING UP IN THE GTA. NEITHER IS UNITED WAY. United Way stands with GTA community agencies, investing $94 million to fight local poverty in Peel, Toronto and York regions. Thanks to more than 400,000 supporters, United Way Greater Toronto is investing $94 million in a network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York Region that gives everyone the supports they need, close to home. This investment comes at a time when poverty continues to imprint itself across the region: the GTA is the income inequality, child poverty, and housing unaffordability capital of Canada. After government, United Way is the largest funder of community sector programming in our region.

February 7, 2019   Linda Brennan 4/8/2019 3:58:47 PM    
$110.3 MILLION RAISED TO SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN PEEL, TORONTO AND YORK REGION - Over 400,000 people join United Way to create long term change across the region. United Way Greater Toronto supporters have raised $110.3 million for communities in Peel, Toronto and York Region in the largest 2018 United Way campaign in the world. Funds raised support a network of agencies in every corner of the GTA that give everyone the supports they need, close to home. Outside of government, United Way is the biggest funder of community services, providing opportunities for young people to get ahead, supporting under-served neighbourhoods, and collaborating across sectors to create long-term change.

February 4, 2019   Linda Brennan 2/6/2019 4:53:23 PM    
SCOTIABANK INVESTS $15 MILLION TO HELP PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE GTA A STRONG START - Today, United Way Greater Toronto announced a $15-million investment from Scotiabank to help ensure that young people in the GTA have the opportunities and resources they need to have a bright future. The funds – the largest corporate commitment in United Way Greater Toronto’s history – will be invested in a network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York that support more than 245,000 young people and their families, each year.

December 18, 2018   Linda Brennan 2/1/2019 5:13:33 PM    
UNITED WAY LAUNCHES NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT GRANTS IN YORK REGION $400,000 investment will help residents tackle local issues and make the change they want to see in their communities Today, United Way announces an investment of $400,000 over two years as it launches two Neighbourhood Development Grants in York Region. These grants mark an expansion of the Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy — United Way’s place-based approach to the fight against local poverty in all its forms — into the 905, and a significant increase in neighbourhood investments in York Region. This investment will support two agency-led coalitions to help residents in York Region make the change they want to see in their neighbourhoods.

December 6, 2018   Johnny Tang 12/17/2018 2:16:35 PM    
UNITED WAY INVESTS $1.5-MILLION TO HELP COMMUNITY PARTNERS ADDRESS EMERGING ISSUES - Seven projects will take a proactive approach to fight against local poverty. United Way Greater Toronto is announcing a $1.5-million investment over three years to help community partners address emerging issues in the fight against local poverty in Peel, Toronto and York regions. This investment will support seven new projects that take a collaborative approach to creating systemic change.

November 26, 2018   Johnny Tang 12/5/2018 9:29:46 AM    
THOUSANDS STEP #UP4COMMUNITY AT CN TOWER CLIMB - United Way Greater Toronto’s signature fundraising event helps fight poverty in all its forms. Over 9,000 people from across the region ascended 1,776 steps up the CN Tower this past weekend, helping individuals across York, Peel and Toronto rise from poverty to possibility. All funds raised – about $2 million thus far – help United Way fight local poverty by supporting a network of over 200 community agencies.

November 19, 2018   Johnny Tang 11/29/2018 12:32:05 PM    
UNITED WAY BUILDS COMMUNITY-LED SOCIAL IMPACT FUND IN REGENT PARK WITH $250,000 IN SEED FUNDING FROM THE DANIELS CORPORATION - New community impact fund will drive engagement and employment opportunities in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. United Way announces a three-year plan to build a $1-million Social Impact Investment Fund to strengthen the Regent Park neighbourhood – locally led and locally invested. The Fund is an innovative solution designed to bring a wide range of community projects and voices together. With $250,000 seed funding already committed by The Daniels Corporation, this Fund will support community projects and initiatives that help local residents thrive and further the goal of creating a healthy, vibrant community as Regent Park undergoes a decades long revitalization.

September 17, 2018   Johnny Tang 11/19/2018 11:27:37 AM    
COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE GTA JOIN UNITED WAY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST LOCAL POVERTY. United Way kicks off the most ambitious, engaging, and local campaign to date. Today, Brian Porter, campaign chair and Scotiabank President and CEO, along with Daniele Zanotti, United Way Greater Toronto President and CEO, joined supporters to announce a $110,000,000 fundraising goal in the fight against local poverty. Funds raised in this campaign support a network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York that help people when and where they need it the most. It’s a campaign that reaches across the region, with an impact that is fiercely local.

September 13, 2018   Johnny Tang 9/17/2018 11:28:37 AM    
UNITED WAY INVESTS $1.94-MILLION IN NEW FUNDING TO ADDRESS YOUTH VIOLENCE IN GREATER TORONTO. New funds expand Career Navigator, netWORKS, Toronto Enterprise Fund and FOCUS. United Way is committing $1.94-million in new investments over the next three years to help address the underlying causes of youth violence across the region. These dollars strengthen United Way’s existing investments and will fund new youth success program streams and expand community programs across Peel, Toronto and York Region.
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