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The following news releases relate to our current campaign year:


United Way is working with partners and front line community agencies to best support the GTA’s most vulnerable in challenging times.

TORONTO, March 20, 2020 – 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.

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Recent Media Releases
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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.

May 30, 2019   Linda Brennan 6/25/2019 11:40:19 AM    
BETH WILSON & LAURA DOTTORI-ATTANASIO TO LEAD UNITED WAY’S 2019 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS TO TACKLE LOCAL POVERTY. United Way Greater Toronto is pleased to announce two community champions to lead this year’s fundraising efforts —fundraising efforts that will ensure everyone has access to the programs they need to thrive. Beth Wilson, Dentons’ Canada CEO, will serve as Campaign Chair, overseeing United Way’s 2019 campaign, while Laura Dottori-Attanasio, CIBC’s Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, will support the Major Individual Giving Cabinet working to secure substantial gifts.

May 6, 2019   Linda Brennan 6/25/2019 11:34:06 AM    
THE GTA IS MORE DIVIDED THAN EVER. New United Way report finds that a growing income gap hits young people, immigrants and racialized 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 new report from United Way Greater Toronto reveals that deep divides are undermining the promise that “diversity is our strength.” Rebalancing the Opportunity Equation looks at income trends over the past 35 years, as well as the income gap between young people, immigrants, racialized groups and the rest of the population in Peel, Toronto and York regions.
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