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The following news releases relate to our current campaign year:


Gift helps enable United Way’s commitment to an equitable recovery

June 23, 2021 – A $2.6 million investment from the Barrett Family Foundation will help catalyze United Way’s commitment to building an equitable recovery across Peel, Toronto and York Region. The transformative three-year gift will establish the Barrett Building Opportunities Greater Toronto Fund, scaling United Way’s support for organizations and programs serving Indigenous, Black, and other racialized populations impacted by poverty. The gift will enable United Way to offer support and flexible funding to organizations and programs both led by and serving these communities.

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Recent Media Releases
Name Owner Date  
May 27, 2021   Adam Paralovos 23/06/2021 6:03:19 AM    
UNITED WAY'S 2021 COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES DALE STOREY AS CAMPAIGN CHAIR AND NORIE C. CAMPBELL AS MAJOR INDIVIDUAL GIVING CABINET CHAIR • May 27, 2021 – United Way Greater Toronto announces Dale Storey, President of General Mills Canada, as its 2021 Community Campaign Chair. A long-time champion of United Way and former Campaign Chair of United Way Peel, Dale Storey has a deep understanding of regional issues and commitment to building thriving communities for all residents. He will lead campaign corporate partnerships and raise dollars that fuel United Way’s network of social services agencies – all to ensure individuals and families across Peel, Toronto and York Region get the help they need close to home.

March 29, 2021   Adam Paralovos 27/05/2021 8:59:27 AM    
NEW PROJECTS WILL HELP VULNERABLE SENIORS CONNECT TO COMMUNITY • United Way Greater Toronto’s Allan Slaight Seniors Fund supports 15 projects over 6 years •
 March 29, 2021 – Nine innovative new projects funded by United Way Greater Toronto’s Allan Slaight Seniors Fund will engage vulnerable seniors in creative ways that reduce their social isolation, which has been exacerbated through the pandemic. Because seniors are at greater risk of falling between the cracks of the health and social service system, these projects go beyond traditional formats to reach those who have historically faced barriers to support. Amongst those engaged will be Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ2S individuals. These initiatives recognize that many elderly individuals are eager to develop new skills, share knowledge, and connect with others.

February 10, 2021   Adam Paralovos 29/03/2021 9:09:21 AM    
UOFT'S SCHOOL OF CITIES AND UNITED WAY GREATER TORONTO PARTNER TO REBUILD EQUITABLE, INCLUSIVE CITIES IN LEADING SOCIAL JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM • This moment calls for a new and collective kind of leadership • Realizing the opportunity for transformational change, UofT's School of Cities and United Way Greater Toronto have partnered to offer a bold, new leadership development initiative. The intersecting crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, growing income inequality, systemic racism, and climate change remind us that we need deeper solutions to urgent needs. These deeper solutions require cross-sectoral collaboration focused on true transformation of our systems, not temporary fixes.

September 23, 2020   Adam Paralovos 10/02/2021 9:05:59 AM    
UNITED WAY KICKS OFF SHOW YOUR LOCAL LOVE DAY IN SUPPORT OF FRONTLINE COMMUNITY AGENCIES • GTA residents invited to give, volunteer and take part in virtual events • September 23, 2020 – United Way Greater Toronto will mark its annual Show Your Local Love Day on Friday, September 25, galvanizing everyone in the GTA to come together online to fight local poverty by learning more about the issues impacting our region and making a donation.

August 4, 2020   Mike Fuhrman 09/02/2021 4:17:55 PM    
UNITED WAY GREATER TORONTO DISTRIBUTING $15.6 MILLION FROM FEDERAL EMERGENCY COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE RESIDENTS ACROSS THE GTA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC • The ECSF funding will help community agencies meet rising needs in Peel, Toronto, and York amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis • TORONTO, August 4, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in Canada – including right here in the GTA, where recent health data shows certain groups and neighbourhoods have been more adversely affected by COVID-19. The Government of Canada’s $350-million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) provides financial support to charities and non-profit organizations adapting their frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19.  

June 8, 2020   Mike Fuhrman 04/08/2020 10:02:12 AM    
 • 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.

June 5, 2020   Mike Fuhrman 21/07/2020 3:49:26 PM    
UNITED WAY ANNOUNCES BHARAT MASRANI AS 2020 CAMPAIGN CHAIR AND JOANNA ROTENBERG AS 2020 MAJOR INDIVIDUAL GIVING CABINET CHAIR • 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 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.

April 27, 2020   Linda Brennan 26/05/2020 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 27/04/2020 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 20/03/2020 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.
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