City of Toronto raises more than $1 million for the United Way |
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The City of Toronto gave the United Way of Greater Toronto a cheque for $1.1
million at a recognition event held at City Hall on December 6 for hundreds of
municipal employees whose efforts helped the campaign meet and exceed its goal
Commissioner Paula M. Dill, Campaign Patron, announced the total amount raised
and presented the cheque to Susan McIsaac of the United Way of Greater Toronto.
Paula told the audience, "A lot of staff worked hard to make this happen. The
City's contribution will benefit many people in many ways through the United
Way agencies funded by the campaign."
Shirley Hoy, Toronto's Chief Administrative Officer, told the audience that she
is proud of the Toronto Public Service for its successful campaign on behalf of
the United Way.
Susan McIsaac, calling the City employee campaign "an incredible achievement,"
said it makes her more optimistic that the United Way of Greater Toronto can
attain its goal of $78.5 million.
Councillor Jane Pitfield, City Council's representative in the campaign,
commented, "The United Way provides services that the City could not provide
out of its budget. Cal Scotchmer and his team of campaign organizers, and the
many canvassers and contributors, should feel wonderful about the campaign's
Councillor Pitfield's campaign efforts among members of Council led to a 15 per
cent increase in councillor donations over last year's campaign.
The City's 2002 United Way campaign includes donations from employees of the
City of Toronto, Exhibition Place, the Toronto Library Board, the Toronto Arts
Council, the Toronto Economic Development Corporation, the Toronto Parking
Authority and the Toronto Zoo.
The City of Toronto is the largest public sector contributor in the Greater
Toronto Area and one of the top "Leadership campaign" givers. This year, 133
individual leadership donors at the City gave a total of $165,000, which is
included in the $1.1 million campaign total.
The United Way of Greater Toronto's priorities include giving young children a
healthy start, addressing hunger and homelessness, providing employment
programs, delivering crisis services, and supporting independent living for
seniors and people with disabilities.