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December 7, 2009
Toronto Public Service makes a difference by raising $1.2 million for United Way Toronto
The City of Toronto presented a generous donation of $1.2 million to United Way Toronto at a reception today. The presentation was made during an event to recognize employees of the City as well as those of the Toronto Public Library, Toronto Zoo, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Parking Authority and Exhibition Place for their annual campaign fundraising efforts.

"As more people turn to the United Way for help each year, it's important to recognize the contributions that the Toronto Public Service makes to help this agency ensure our most vulnerable don't get left behind," said Mayor David Miller. "We are proud to work with the United Way to invest in our communities, build strong neighbourhoods and create opportunities for all Torontonians."

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 many 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.

“The City of Toronto has raised more than $1 million annually for the past eight years thanks to the generous donations and a dedicated team of co-ordinators and canvassers from the Toronto Public Service and its partners who volunteer each year to help those who need it the most,” said City Manager Joe Pennachetti. “We will continue to support this worthy cause and build this great city together.”

“Year after year, the Toronto Public Service goes above and beyond to support United Way's campaign,” said Frances Lankin, President and CEO of United Way Toronto. “It's because they work so hard, because they care so deeply, that United Way is able to make a real difference in people's lives every day. The employees’ commitment to building a better city is an inspiration - and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto’s incorporation as a city. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Cal Scotchmer, United Way Project Director, City Manager's Office, 416-397-4017,



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