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2018-2019 Annual Report

OUR GTA-WIDE CAMPAIGN, CELEBRATING COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND PRIORITIZING TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Celebrating United Way’s Black Community Advisory Council’s efforts to mobilize community members around #UNIGNORABLE local issues.

OUR GTA-WIDE CAMPAIGN, CELEBRATING COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND PRIORITIZING TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Your tremendous support and generosity helped fuel even more progress across our expanded geography as we merged and became one United Way Greater Toronto. We launched the largest United Way fundraising campaign in the world. At the Scotiabank Centre in downtown Toronto, United Way Campaign Chair and Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter announced our most ambitious fundraising goal ever—$110 million to support communities in Peel, Toronto and York Region. Throughout the campaign, over 400,000 supported United Way by engaging and raising funds in their own unique ways, and stepped up by joining United Way’s signature annual events: the UP CN Tower Climb and Scotiabank Rat Race. They also raised awareness about #UNIGNORABLE local issues by volunteering with agencies, taking neighbourhood tours and hearing directly from those whose lives they helped transform. The result? A record $110.3 million raised to improve the lives of many across our region. Thank you for standing with us. We couldn’t do this important work without you.

  • United Way has made truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples a priority. By convening an Indigenous Collaboration Community of Practice, we’re inviting individuals and organizations on similar journeys to share information and experiences. We have much to learn about the breadth and depth of inequalities faced by Indigenous peoples and embedding this focus in our work will help us take action together on those inequalities.
  • Community Advisory Councils in Peel mobilize community members around pressing issues. The South Asian Advisory Council is focused on gender-based violence, collaborating with 10 community partners. The Black Community Advisory Council has championed the Black Youth School Success Initiative, a five-year project to improve education, safety and health outcomes. And the Chinese Advisory Council is responding to community-wide concerns about mental health with workshops focusing on recognizing signs and reducing stigma.
  • For individuals who face barriers to employment—from mental illness and racialization to disability and conflict with the law—a chance at success can seem out of reach. The Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) connects them to employment and training opportunities. TEF has now expanded to Peel and York, allowing over 110 people and organizations to benefit from learning opportunities.

Celebrating United Way’s Black Community Advisory Council’s efforts to mobilize community members around #UNIGNORABLE local issues.