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News releases

The following news releases relate to our current campaign year:

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. This initiative is focused on going beyond the traditional food distribution model by connecting community agencies, residents and partners across the food system to increase access to food. It operates with the belief that your postal code should not be a deterrent to accessing the food that everyone needs to live a full and productive life.

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Recent Media Releases
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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.

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.
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