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News releases

The following news releases relate to our current campaign year:

Revitalizing Legacy Towers Key to GTA Housing Affordability Crisis

New United Way report finds that high-rise renters face affordability, suitability issues

November 18, 2021 – Decent, secure and affordable housing is a fundamental right. But in the GTA, that right is under threat due to a persistent affordable housing crisis that is deepening social and economic inequities across the region. A new report released by United Way Greater Toronto, in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Neighborhood Change Research Partnership and the Tower Renewal Partnership, finds that aging high-rise rental towers – long one of the most affordable housing options in the region – demand attention.

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Recent Media Releases
Name Owner Date  
September 22, 2021   Adam Paralovos 18/11/2021 7:37:00 AM    
UNITED WAY LAUNCHES COMMUNITY RECOVERY CAMPAIGN • Municipalities proclaim Show Your Local Love Day on Sept. 23 • Call for applications to three-year program funding now open • September 22, 2021 – United Way Greater Toronto will launch its Community Recovery Campaign with its annual Show Your Local Love Day on Thursday, September 23. The campaign rallies individuals and workplaces across the GTA to fight local poverty by raising funds to support more than 280 agencies in neighbourhoods across Peel, Toronto, and York Region.

August 16, 2021   Adam Paralovos 22/09/2021 11:00:25 AM    
UNITED WAY INVESTS $1.2M TO ADDRESS ONGOING IMPACTS OF PANDEMIC • COVID Relief Grants will enable 126 agencies to quickly provide services for vulnerable groups • August 16, 2021 – The duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on communities across Peel, Toronto and York regions – particularly on those who were already facing poverty and are from equity-seeking groups. United Way Greater Toronto is investing $1.2 million to help agencies respond quickly and effectively to the urgent needs of residents facing the greatest barriers. United Way’s COVID Relief Grants, which launched June 24, will benefit 126 community agencies – many of which support equity-seeking groups severely impacted by the pandemic.

July 20, 2021   Adam Paralovos 16/08/2021 9:17:02 AM    
SOCIAL CAPITAL STRONG IN PEEL REGION, BUT INEQUITABLY DISTRIBUTED: REPORT • United Way Greater Toronto and partners release first assessment of social capital in Peel • Social capital supports one’s well-being and success in good times, but it is particularly essential in hard times. What has helped many people through the pandemic has been knowing how to access local services, trusting the institutions disseminating information and vaccines, having friends to call on for connection, and having neighbours to assist when needed – all examples of social capital in action. United Way Greater Toronto, the Region of Peel, Wellesley Institute, and The Community Foundation of Mississauga released the Peel Region Social Capital Study this morning – the first report to measure social capital in Peel, assessing pre-pandemic baseline levels.

July 20, 2021   Adam Paralovos 16/08/2021 9:15:52 AM    
SOCIAL CAPITAL STRONG IN YORK REGION, BUT INEQUITABLY DISTRIBUTED: REPORT • United Way Greater Toronto releases first assessment of social capital in York • Social capital supports one’s well-being and success in good times, but it is particularly essential in hard times. What has helped many people through the pandemic has been knowing how to access local services, trusting the institutions disseminating information and vaccines, having friends to call on for connection, and having neighbours to assist when needed – all examples of social capital in action. United Way Greater Toronto released the York Region Social Capital Study this morning – the first report to measure social capital in York Region, assessing pre-pandemic baseline levels.

June 23, 2021   Adam Paralovos 20/07/2021 12:07:17 AM    
BARRETT FAMILY FOUNDATION INVESTS $2.6M TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS, BLACK, AND RACIALIZED COMMUNITIES • 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.

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.  
 
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