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News releases

The following news releases relate to our current campaign year:


United Way community agencies are on the frontlines of responding to rising needs and supporting the city’s most vulnerable residents during the pandemic

TORONTO, June 8, 2020 – Today, Mayor John Tory proclaimed June 8 to 12 Community Workers Recognition Week in Toronto, highlighting the critical frontline services community workers are providing across the city amid the current COVID-19 crisis. As the largest non-governmental funder of community services in the GTA, United Way joins the City in recognizing the efforts of frontline community workers.

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  • Record number of GTA corporate, community and labour leaders join United Way to support our region’s social safety net
  • United Way’s fundraising campaign is already in high gear

TORONTO, June 5, 2020 – United Way Greater Toronto announces Bharat Masrani, Group President and CEO of TD Bank Group, as its 2020 Campaign Chair. As lead United Way volunteer, Mr. Masrani has mobilized leaders from across sectors, corporate, community, labour and government, to join United Way’s fundraising campaign and build the resilience of United Way’s network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York Region for the long-term. Joanna Rotenberg, Group Head, BMO Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group joins Mr. Masrani to lead the Major Individual Giving Cabinet to engage our region’s philanthropic leaders. Mr. Masrani and Ms. Rotenberg lead a fundraising campaign with one aim—to ensure our region’s social safety net will be there for our neighbours and their families when they need it most, today and tomorrow.

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Recent Media Releases
Name Owner Date  
April 27, 2020   Linda Brennan 5/26/2020 3:25:20 PM    
407 ETR MAKES A LEADERSHIP INVESTMENT IN REBUILDING THE GTHA’S SOCIAL SERVICES SECTOR POST COVID-19 CRISIS. Three-year investment will help community agencies deliver on fundamental needs: food security, support for isolated seniors, employment and income security, and mental health. 407 ETR is the first United Way corporate partner in Canada to commit to a multi-year investment that addresses the long-term impact on families caused by the COVID-19 crisis. With a $4-million investment over three years in United Way’s network of agencies in Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Toronto and York, 407 ETR’s aim is to build the resilience of the GTHA’s vulnerable people and families now, and in the longer-term.

March 20, 2020   Linda Brennan 4/27/2020 10:41:04 AM    
UNITED WAY RESPONDING TO COMMUNITY NEEDS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS. COVID-19 is putting our community’s most vulnerable people in an extremely challenging situation. Those who already face significant barriers, including poverty, homelessness and social isolation, need even more of our help during this time. As the largest investor in social services next to government, United Way is working closely with partners and its network of front-line agencies to meet immediate needs and ensure that no one gets left behind.

February 25, 2020   Linda Brennan 3/20/2020 3:47:46 PM    
AS POVERTY DEEPENS IN THE 905, UNITED WAY IS STRENGTHENING PEEL REGION’S SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE. United Way’s Anchor and Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy grants represent a $2 million investment in Peel Region. United Way is aligning its community investment strategy –the largest investment after government–across Peel, Toronto and York to engage local communities in local solutions to fight poverty.

November 5, 2019   Linda Brennan 3/6/2020 12:17:40 PM    
BMO, UNITED WAY AND CITY OF TORONTO ANNOUNCE GREATER GOLDEN MILE NEIGHBOURHOODS ARE FIRST FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM. Community agencies, non-profit sector leaders, City officials, and Infrastructure Ontario join business leaders on Leadership Table. Small business catalyzer and Infrastructure joint venture will be launched.

November 18, 2019   Linda Brennan 2/21/2020 4:26:48 PM    
LOCAL COMMUNITY CHANGE MAKERS CELEBRATED. It’s a sector that reinforces crucial community safety net, but the people working the front-lines of the GTA’s community agencies don’t often get the public appreciation they so deserve. The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognize extraordinary contributions made by frontline staff and middle managers who are tackling #UNIGNORABLE local issues at United Way Greater Toronto-supported agencies. Winners are awarded for showing their local love and helping people thrive through their dedication, innovation and creativity, leadership, teamwork and partnership.

October 28, 2019   Linda Brennan 11/4/2019 3:26:23 PM    
UNITED WAY IS USING AUGMENTED REALITY TO IMAGINE A NEW ADDITION TO THE TORONTO SKYLINE. The #UNIGNORABLE Tower is designed to make everyone aware of just how many people in the GTA are experiencing poverty. While the Tower isn’t real, the problem it represents is You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know it exists. The latest development in United Way’s #UNIGNORABLE campaign intends to make everyone aware of how many people are struggling with poverty in the GTA -- and encourage you to tackle the issues that hold too many people back.

October 16, 2019   Linda Brennan 10/28/2019 4:44:04 PM    
UNITED WAY LAUNCHES FOOD SECURITY INITIATIVE IN PEEL REGION. General Mills investment will increase access to nutritious, culturally appropriate and affordable food in Mississauga. Today, United Way Greater Toronto is announcing support to increase food security in Peel Region. Funded through a $1-million investment from General Mills, United Way will launch six Community Food System Grants in Mississauga and promote community education in a two-year food security initiative.

Sepember 16, 2019   Linda Brennan 10/17/2019 11:01:44 AM    
GTA MUNICIPALITIES PROCLAIM SEPTEMBER 17 “SHOW YOUR LOCAL LOVE DAY” FOR UNITED WAY. United Way Greater Toronto kicks off its 2019 fundraising campaign tomorrow with the first-ever Show Your Local Love Day. To honour the impact of United Way’s campaign, Toronto, Brampton, Markham, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora, Georgina, and Caledon have proclaimed September 17 Show Your Local Love Day. In addition, York Region, Peel Region, Mississauga, Vaughan, East Gwillimbury, King, and Whitchurch-Stouffville are all recognizing and championing United Way’s work in various ways.

August 1, 2019   Linda Brennan 9/13/2019 5:29:06 PM    
UNITED WAY BACKS GRASSROOTS INITIATIVES IN PRIORITY AREAS United Way Greater Toronto is investing $2.3 million in grants over two years to help Toronto neighbourhoods improve economic opportunities, enhance social well-being, and bolster neighbourhood sites. The grassroots projects, led collaboratively by residents, agency leads, and other stakeholders, will touch underserved communities in Toronto’s inner suburbs.

June 26, 2019   Linda Brennan 7/30/2019 1:28:58 PM    
THE SLAIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION DONATES $15 MILLION TO UNITED WAY GREATER TORONTO A $15-million donation from The Slaight Family Foundation to United Way Greater Toronto is breaking new ground in support for seniors as the largest individual gift in United Way’s history. The Allan Slaight Seniors Fund will connect vulnerable seniors with community support to help them remain in their own homes and continue to be vital, active participants in our neighbourhoods. A first of its kind, the fund bridges the gap between the healthcare system and families by connecting seniors to United Way’s network of community agencies.
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