A lot can happen in a year. We are proud to share with you the 2016/17 Community Impact Report. This report highlights our work, commitment and impact over the last year in our mission to drive positive social change in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.
We are working towards creating long-term, sustainable and lasting change in addressing the complex social issues that exist, right here, in our community. We do this by focusing on creating local solutions for local issues.
Poverty exists in all communities, with complex causes and effects. In Peel, financial struggle is not always obvious. Yet, as any teacher, nurse, social worker or police officer will tell you, poverty is a persistent thread that weaves through our neighbourhoods. In fact, Peel’s rates of poverty are higher than national and provincial averages. Some of our most vulnerable residents struggle due to the effects of homelessness, violence, mental illness, disability and racism – all key contributors to the cycle of poverty.
United Way brings together residents, donors, volunteers, non-profits, government, corporate and labour leaders to support people who are vulnerable in our community. Last year, over 200,000 people across our community accessed United Way funded programs to get help for issues ranging from mental health supports to emergency shelter. Some of these individuals were in crisis and had nowhere else to turn. Thanks to your support, they were able to get the help they needed. Together we are making a difference.
However, we know that more needs to be done. We still face long wait lists for many services and some services are not available in Peel. Our diverse communities need solutions that foster equity and inclusion. We take our responsibility to make Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga better very seriously. A changing market tells us we must increase our ability to reach and understand our donors. We need to increase our ability to meet the needs of our donors and corporate partners just as much as we need to increase our ability to meet the growing and changing needs of our residents.
When we work together, with your contribution of time, money and expertise, lives are transformed. We see communities and individuals empowered to build long-term stability through new opportunities. We see children and youth access their full potential. We see possibility.
Chair of the Board
Interim President and CEO
The data in this report was collected by our United Way agency partners from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. As much as possible we have tried to avoid duplication, however this data does not reflect unique individuals served, as clients may access a program several times and/or more than one program within an agency or between agencies.