Recently the United Way launched an ambitious $110,000,000 fundraising goal in the fight against local poverty. Funds raised in this campaign will support a network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York that help people when and where they need it the most. It’s a campaign that reaches across the region, with an impact that is fiercely local.
Beyond dollars raised, United Way aims to engage one million people by 2025. As part of today’s launch, hundreds of people volunteered at 26 United Way agencies across Greater Toronto helping cook and serve hot meals (at Brampton’s Knight’s Table, Mississauga’s Eden Food for Change); connecting with programs that support isolated seniors (at Woodbridge’s CHATS) and participating in adaptive sports (at Scarborough’s Variety Village).
Daniele Zanotti, President and CEO, United Way Greater Toronto pointed out that the issues facing the GTA know no municipal boundaries. “Our shared solutions shouldn’t either. The need for a helping hand close to home is true across our region. While our first campaign as United Way Greater Toronto – working with communities in Peel, Toronto and York Region – is our biggest, it’s also really, really small. Because it’s about giving back, connecting with each other and working with community – from Mississauga to Midtown to Markham. Together, we’re fighting local poverty in all its forms,” she said.
There is a need for more ethnic communities to participate in fund raising and other social service initiatives. For more information visit unitedwaygt.org/showyourlocallove. -CINEWS