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Agencies serving newcomers have a positive impact on the community

United Way Toronto hosted its annual general meeting and celebrated the organization’s successes in building a stronger, more vibrant Toronto over the last year. In a report to the more than 250 guests in attendance, President and CEO Susan McIsaac highlighted some of United Way’s key accomplishments from 2013-14. 

“Last year we took another big step forward to help ensure that every day, in every corner of our city, United Way is there,” McIsaac said. “By investing $75.5-million right here in Toronto, we’re giving people the opportunities they need to build a better life.”

This investment supported a city-wide network of 200 community agencies that delivered more than 750 vital programs and services – everything from job programs to homework clubs to supports that help newcomers successfully settle in Canada. McIsaac also celebrated major milestones for United Way’s work in setting young people on the path to success.

“Through the Youth Challenge Fund, we opened five new youth-dedicated spaces,” she said. “That is an additional 13,000 square feet where young people in priority neighbourhoods can learn new skills, find jobs, and build connections to their community.”

McIsaac noted another key milestone in United Way’s efforts to support local leadership in priority neighbourhoods – more than 1,000 local residents engaged through the organization’s Action for Neighbourhood Change initiative. 

The event concluded with an issue segment focusing on the challenges facing young people as they transition from education to employment. Representatives from public, private and non-profit sectors shared their experiences and advice on creating opportunities for youth to succeed.  

United Way Toronto is a charity dedicated to creating opportunities for a better life for everyone. 

Working in partnership with others, it mobilizes people and resources to support a network of agencies that help people when they need it most. United Way also addresses the root causes of social problems, working to change community conditions for the better over the long term. 

For more information, visit www.unitedwaytoronto.com.

Posted: Jul 29, 2014

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