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October 13, 2009
City announces its 2009 fundraising goal of $950,000 for United Way Toronto
The City of Toronto announced its fundraising goal of $950,000 for United Way Toronto today while hundreds of supporters celebrated the City’s 2009 United Way annual employee campaign launch at Toronto City Hall. A cheque for $30,000 was donated to the campaign from the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association and $2,100 from the City of Toronto Administrative, Professional and Supervisory Association Inc. (COTAPSAI).

“The City of Toronto will do everything it can to provide core funding to over 200 community agencies and help those who need it the most during these difficult times,” said Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's). “With more people turning to the United Way, our investment will help hundreds of thousands of people and create opportunities for youth, build strong neighbourhoods, and help newcomers get settled in Toronto.”

Workplace campaigns are a vital component of the fundraising drive. They provide funding for many social agencies and programs, contribute to the well-being of Toronto individuals, and strengthen services to communities and neighbourhoods.

“The City of Toronto has raised millions of dollars over the past eight years thanks to the generous donations from members of the Toronto Public Service, our participating agencies, boards and commissions, and the dedicated team of co-ordinators and canvassers who volunteer each year for this good cause,” said City Manager Joe Pennachetti. “Every dollar raised through workplace fundraising events helps individuals, families and communities who urgently need assistance.”

The funds raised through contributions can pay for counselling sessions for abused women, provide a newcomer with pre-employment training opportunities, enable at-risk youth to participate in programs that teach them new skills to cope with challenging situations, or provide a day of shelter, food and support for homeless people to help them start their transition to independent living.

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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