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Articles tagged with: Poverty

Feb07

#LongestNightPeel Champions: Daniele Zanotti is no stranger to leading change in the community

Written by // Daniele Zanotti Categories // Strong Communities

#LongestNightPeel Champions: Daniele Zanotti is no stranger to leading change in the community

It’s that time of year again – on Friday, February 9, 2018, hundreds of change-makers in Peel Region will be sleeping in their cars.

More than 230,000 people in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga are struggling to afford basic needs like food, housing, and transportation. And too many people in our community end up having to call their car their home. #LongestNightPeel invites everyone in our community to sleep in their cars to raise awareness and funds to fight poverty and homelessness in Peel Region.

Anyone can participate in #LongestNightPeel! However, a few high profile individuals in our community have signed up to participate in the event and lead the fundraising initiative. Leading up to February 9, our blog will feature those individuals who have committed to raising $5,000 through their personal and professional network.

Meet Daniele Zanotti, the President and CEO of United Way Toronto & York Region! This change-maker is an incredible community leader with more than 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, and he will indeed be sleeping in his car on February 9.

Nov02

CAMPAIGN SERIES: The City of Brampton Immerses its Staff in Poverty Awareness

Written by // Roxanne Van Damme Categories // Workplace Campaign

CAMPAIGN SERIES: The City of Brampton Immerses its Staff in Poverty Awareness

You may or may not know that workplace fundraising campaigns are in full swing across Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga! Basically, every year, hundreds of workplaces across Peel Region engage their employees, give back to the community, support the United Way, and have fun doing it.

Oct17

It’s the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty!

Written by // Jennifer Turner Categories // From poverty to possibility

It’s the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty!

October 17th is an important day that is recognized worldwide. It’s Eminem’s birthday. It’s also the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Eminem is taking the day off today, (presumably to eat his mom’s spaghetti) but I’m sure if he was around he would have asked me to write this blog post about the intersection of poverty reduction and policy solutions.

Apr07

Ask The Expert: How are health and poverty related?

Written by // Kwame McKenzie

Ask The Expert: How are health and poverty related?

1. Is there a connection between income and our health?

There’s a strong link between income and health. But, it’s not just about the amount of money you make and what you can buy, it’s what your whole life is like as a result, including where you live, work and the food that you eat. These factors—the social determinants of health—influence the health of individuals and even entire populations, putting vulnerable people at a higher risk of having poor physical and mental health and decreasing their life expectancy.

 

Feb16

Meet Chuck

Categories // From poverty to possibility

#LongestNightPeel

Meet Chuck

Meet Chuck.

I'm already uncomfortable just thinking about spending the night in my car. On Friday night when I sleep in my truck I'll be relatively comfortable - compared to other people in our community. This point became incredibly clear to me a couple weeks ago.
 
I was walking home very late and noticed a car parked on our road. It was an older Toyota, and as I approached I noticed it was full of clothes and other personal effects. They filled the backseat past the bottom of the windows. As I walked by I noticed I couldn't see the passenger seat headrest. Seeing movement in the vehicle, I realized someone was in the car, on the passenger seat, underneath all those belongings, and trying to get a good night sleep. On my street. Just doors away from my house. A clear reminder of just how close to home poverty can be.
 
I’ve been a supporter of United Way for a long time. This was just another reminder of the important role the organization plays in our community.

 

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