FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2011
United Way Toronto Investing $78.7-Million
in the Community
Funds will support United Way’s efforts to improve social conditions across Toronto
TORONTO — In 2011, United Way Toronto will invest $78.7-million in the community said United Way Toronto President and CEO Susan McIsaac today at the organization’s Annual General Meeting. The investment will fund front-line services through a network of agencies that support people when they need it most. United Way funds will go even further by supporting strategies aimed at improving under-served neighbourhoods by addressing systemic barriers that limit opportunity for a good life.
In her address, McIsaac also announced that United Way will be making a one-time grant available to member agencies. The one-time investment of almost $1-million is for agencies to use to respond to needs in the community—still reeling from the recession.
“Last year, people in Toronto came together in a stunning demonstration of compassion and care for our community,” said McIsaac. “As we look ahead to building resiliency in our city, their generosity will ensure people have access to critical services and support our efforts to create lasting change that will improve whole communities.”
United Way’s AGM was once again held at the Royal York hotel. The keynote address was delivered by the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Minister Hoskins spoke about the next steps in the province’s Partnership Project, a strategy to create a stronger partnership with the not-for-profit sector.
“Our agencies play a vital role in this city—they truly stitch our community together—and we want to do all we can to ensure they have the resources they need to do their important work,” said McIsaac. “This one-time grant comes in the final year of our freeze to agency allocations and will be distributed to all of our member agencies.”
McIsaac and Alnasir Samji, United Way’s Board of Trustees Chair, highlighted United Way’s 2010 achievements in the community, which included: providing stability to its network of health and social services agencies, opening three Community Hubs as part of United Way’s Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy, releasing research in an effort to build evidence-based strategies for changing social conditions, and strengthening the community by building resident capacity and local leadership.
Established in 1956, United Way Toronto is a registered charity and community impact organization dedicated to improving lives and strengthening neighbourhoods across Toronto. United Way identifies needs and takes action to create a better, safer, stronger city through research, partnerships and support of a network of 200 health and social service agencies.
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