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September 10, 2013
City of Toronto employees announce United Way goal of $1.1 million
The Toronto Public Service today announced its fundraising goal of $1.1 million as the municipal employees' contribution to the larger United Way Toronto fundraising campaign. The celebration featured a singing competition between five municipal sector organizations: the City of Toronto, Toronto Hydro, Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Police Service and Toronto Transit Commission. The contest winner was Donald Eta from Toronto Hydro.

"The money that the City's employees raise over the three-month campaign will help hundreds of thousands of people by creating opportunities for youth, building strong neighbourhoods, and helping newcomers get settled in Toronto," said Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. "On behalf of the Mayor and City Council, I wish you all the best in your campaign, and I thank you for your participation."

Deputy City Manager and Campaign Co-Patron Brenda Patterson commented, "Our involvement is proof that Toronto employees are engaged in helping the local community - not only by providing outstanding service to the residents of Toronto as part of their job, but going beyond to give back to the broader community."

Joining Brenda Patterson as the fundraising campaign's Co-Patron is Tim Maguire, President of CUPE Local 79, who also accepted United Way's Spirit Award today for best organizational support in the public sector.

Staff of the Toronto Public Library, the Toronto Zoo, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Toronto Parking Authority and Exhibition Place are joining City of Toronto staff in the fundraising campaign.

Contributions to United Way Toronto can provide shelter for abused women, provide a newcomer with pre-employment training opportunities, enable at-risk youth to participate in educational and recreational school programs or counselling sessions, or provide adults with physical or mental disabilities a chance to participate in programs to help them to live independently and stay engaged in the community.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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