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December 10, 2013
Toronto Public Service exceeds United Way fundraising goal
City of Toronto employees have announced a fundraising total of $1,320,000 in support of United Way Toronto at an event held at St. Lawrence Hall. The goal was $1,100,000. This is the 13th year in a row that City of Toronto employees have exceeded their fundraising goal.

"Participation is up by three per cent, and that's because of your hard work, so congratulations to you all," said Deputy City Manager and Campaign Co-Patron Brenda Patterson.

CUPE Local 79 President Tim Maguire, the other Co-Patron, commented, "This campaign had as a goal to demonstrate that municipal workers participate in, and care about, their community. They have achieved that goal."

This year's employee campaign saw a three per cent increase in participation. Almost one-quarter of all donors were first-time donors. With support from all City unions and associations – CUPE Local 79, CUPE Local 416, the Toronto Professional Fire Fighter's Association, TPLWU 4948 and COTAPSA – the campaign was supported by about a thousand volunteers.

Workplace campaigns are a crucial component of the City of Toronto’s annual fundraising drive. Money is raised through individual employee pledges, including leadership donations and other activities. These donations go to a larger United Way Community Fund that provides core funding to a network of 200 non-profit agencies across the city that meet urgent needs and provide social services to strengthen individuals, families and communities.

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.

Media Contact
Mohamed Shuriye
United Way Project Lead, Toronto Office of Partnerships



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