When the pandemic hit, United Way was there. We quickly offered front-line agencies flexibility through our $7.5-million monthly investment in community, so this network was uniquely positioned to pivot and provide crucial services in new ways.
Working with the City of Toronto, The Regional Municipality of York and Peel Region, we’ve integrated our network of agencies with local urgent response plans. Together, we’re identifying priorities like food security, homelessness and seniors; escalating concerns; and sharing resources to meet emerging needs in real time.
Trusted partner for federal emergency funds:
Up to $850,000 of the New Horizons for Seniors fund; $2.8 million through Reaching Home, Canada’s homelessness prevention strategy, to address homelessness in York Region; $11 million earmarked for the GTA through the federal Emergency Community Support Fund: United Way was there when the federal government needed a trusted community partner to get short-term emergency funds to the people and places that need them the most.
Local Love Fund:
In March, United Way approved a rapid-response emergency fund to get resources out the door and on the ground in record time. At final count, the $2.1-million fund was supporting almost 200 hyper-local projects to bridge critical gaps in services.
Help at hand:
United Way–funded Findhelp/211 has become THE number to call as the pandemic has evolved, connecting the most vulnerable in our community to support, while volunteer organizations across Toronto, Peel and York are working in unison to deploy civic heroes where they’re needed most.
United Way is here for community today and tomorrow because of a foundation of local love and regional scale that’s been years in the making. For highlights of our work over the last year, please explore the site.