United Way asks the community to give generously

November 22, 2010

With only a few weeks remaining in its 2010 fundraising campaign, United Way is reminding Peel residents to pitch in and donate to help reach its $13.75-million goal and preserve the lifeline of programs and services that support our community.

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United Way’s Gifts with Purpose make a difference in our community Take the stress out of holiday shopping!

November 19, 2010

Are you stressed out trying to find that perfect holiday gift? Hesitant to give a sweater, again? Consider honouring your loved ones with a gift that helps people right across our community. Through United Way of Peel Region’s online Gifts with Purpose, you can make a tax-deductable donation that will provide a lifeline to a network of 99 vital services and programs in Peel. You can choose from a variety of postcard-sized greetings, including those that celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

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United Way celebrates 10 years of Day of Caring™

October 21, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — Pumpkin carving, yard cleanups, painting and computer training were among the 21 projects completed today by more than 120 volunteers during the 10th anniversary of United Way of Peel Region’s Day of Caring™. The semi-annual event provides a unique opportunity for employees from companies and organizations across the region to spend a day helping at a local United Way funded agency. Through their experience, the volunteers learn more about community issues and the services supported by United Way.

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Peel hospitals blast through goal in first-ever joint United Way campaign

October 7, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — Peel’s three hospitals have proven that a little competition can generate outstanding results when a healthy community is the goal. In the first-ever tri-hospital campaign for United Way of Peel Region and United Way Toronto, staff, physicians and volunteers at the Credit Valley Hospital, Trillium Health Centre and William Osler Health System joined forces to raise an incredible $88,084. The result is almost triple their goal of $30,000, announced three weeks ago.

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United Way announces PepsiCo Canada Leadership Challenge Grant

October 4, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — United Way of Peel Region is thrilled to announce the creation of its first-ever Leadership Challenge Grant, which will provide matching funds for new or increased gifts of $1,000 or more to United Way’s Community Fund. The 2010 PepsiCo Canada Leadership Challenge Grant, supported jointly by PepsiCo Beverages Canada and PepsiCo Foods Canada, gives individuals who are considering a gift to United Way an extra incentive to demonstrate outstanding generosity and concern for our community. The two companies have collectively contributed $100,000 to establish the grant.

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United Way sets sights on $13.75 million campaign goal

September 17, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — At an energetic and rousing campaign kick-off this morning at the Hershey Centre SportZone, United Way of Peel Region Campaign Chair Barb Leavitt announced a 2010 fundraising goal of $13.75-million.

“There’s no question that our economy continues to present challenges for many people,” said Leavitt, President of Baxter Corporation. “Yes, there are hopeful signs that improvement is on the way, but there can be a long delay between recovery in the market and recovery in the community.”

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United Way announces 2010 Pacesetters

September 17, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — Today, United Way of Peel Region announced its 2010 Pacesetters at its campaign kick-off, held at the Hershey Centre SportZone in Mississauga. Pacesetters are companies and organizations that demonstrate their commitment to United Way by pledging their support prior to the public launch of the campaign.

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Three Peel Region hospitals unite for joint United Way campaign

September 14, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — In a strong show of community spirit, leaders from The Credit Valley Hospital, Trillium Health Centre and William Osler Health System today launched the first-ever tri-hospital campaign for United Way of Peel Region and United Way Toronto. Together, the hospitals — which have sites across Peel Region and Toronto— are attempting to raise $30,000 in the United Way's Community Fund to support vital local social services, programs and initiatives.

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United Way launches professional development series for emerging leaders

September 9, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — United Way of Peel Region's Young Leaders Council (YLC) today launched a new program to equip emerging leaders with the knowledge and skills required to make a positive impact in their communities. Step Up & Learn is a six-part professional development series featuring workshops on public speaking, communications, negotiation, team building, professional image and networking.

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United Way and Peel Region invest in youth leadership

August 19, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — "Thanks to our Youth In Action grant, youth in our neighbourhood will have an opportunity to learn a skill and have fun at the same time," says Sherrise Gordon, 15. Sherrise is team leader of Out of the Fire and into the Kitchen, one of 11 youth-led projects receiving a Youth in Action grant, jointly funded by United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel. The grants, totalling $20,000, will fund projects including sports camps, workshops and mentoring sessions that aim to build confidence in youth aged 14 to 24, and help develop future leaders while improving neighbourhood life.

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United Way and the Region of Peel offer neighbourhood development grants

August 17, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel are jointly offering up to $30,000 in grants to charities and community groups interested in improving the quality of community life in Peel. The Neighbourhood Development grants totalling $275,000 aim to give Peel residents an opportunity to partner with local agencies and businesses to create resident-led programs and services that enhance the quality of neighbourhood life.

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United Way appoints Chief Development Officer

July 21, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — United Way of Peel Region welcomes Marilyn Friedmann as its Chief Development Officer. In this position, Marilyn is responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of all functions pertaining to Resource Development including annual campaign, major individual giving, planned giving, the endowment fund and special gift initiatives.

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United Way and Peel Region grants support social purpose enterprise

July 20, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — Registered Charities in Peel are invited to apply for grants up to $10,000 to explore the possibility of starting a social purpose enterprise (SPE). Social Purpose Enterprise Technical Assistance grants totalling $50,000 are jointly offered by United Way and the Region of Peel. The grant is designed to support social purpose enterprise development from idea exploration, preparation and development to project launch and growth. Organizations are encouraged to attend an information session on August 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at United Way, 5170 Dixie Road, Suite 300, Mississauga.

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PepsiCo and GE receive prestigious United Way award

June 11, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — Today PepsiCo Canada and GE Canada, received the prestigious 2009 Thanks a Million Award at United Way of Peel Region’s annual general meeting. The annual Thanks a Million Awards are given by United Way of Canada-Centraide Canada to corporations, employers and labour organizations that have facilitated their employees or members raising $1-million or more for United Ways across the country.

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Record numbers help out at United Way’s Spring Day of Caring™

May 13, 2010

MISSISSAUGA —Today 179 employees from 19 organizations across Peel united in record numbers to support our community by participating in United Way of Peel Region’s spring Day of Caring™. It’s the most participants at a spring Day of Caring™ since the event began in 2000 and more than double last year’s numbers. Collectively, volunteers today gave more than 1,000 hours of their time to complete 25 different projects at 18 local United Way agencies.

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Be a leader on the links for United Way

April 23, 2010

MISSISSAUGA —Support our community and have a swinging good time while you’re at it! Register today for United Way of Peel Region’s 19th annual Leaders on the Links golf tournament taking place at Lionhead Golf and Country club in Brampton on July 5.

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Apply now for Youth in Action grants

April 21, 2010

MISSISSAUGA —Youth in Peel with a passion for making a difference in our community can now apply for funding to help turn their dreams into reality. Through the Youth in Action grants program, offered jointly for the second year by United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel, funding of up to $2,000 each is available for youth-led projects. Individuals or groups of young people between the ages of 14 and 24 are encouraged to apply. A total of $20,000 is available.

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United Way announces 2010 Campaign Chair

March 31, 2010

MISSISSAUGA —Barbara Leavitt, president of Mississauga-based Baxter Corporation and a leader in the healthcare products industry, is taking on a new healthcare challenge. As Chair of United Way of Peel Region’s 2010 campaign, Leavitt will help improve the health and vitality of the Peel community.

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United Way to invest more than $9.7-million in Peel

March 9, 2010

MISSISSAUGA —United Way of Peel Region will invest more than $9.7-million this year in local services, programs and initiatives that meet immediate social needs and tackle their underlying causes. More than $7.7-million of the $9,770,334 contributed to United Way’s Community Fund in 2009 will be used to support a network of 99 vital programs provided by 53 different social service agencies. This investment represents a slight increase over last year and will assist agencies in addressing the ongoing growth in service demands.

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Community responds to United Way’s “License to Ask”

February 4, 2010

MISSISSAUGA —A crowd of close to 700 donors and volunteers responded with jubilation this evening as United Way of Peel Region announced that through outstanding community generosity it raised $12,835,582 in 2009. The total exceeds the campaign target by more than $85,000. The tremendous result comes during a time of great economic uncertainty and growing need for the services and programs supported by United Way.

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United Way of Peel Region announces 2009 Spirit Award winners

February 4, 2010

MISSISSAUGA —United Way of Peel Region today announced the recipients of the 2009 Campaign Spirit Awards at its 2009 Community Achievement Celebration held at the International Centre in Mississauga.

“The Spirit Awards honour innovative and inspirational campaigns that demonstrate team spirit while raising funds for United Way,” said United Way CEO Shelley White. “Despite ongoing economic hardships, our community persevered and helped us raise a total of $12,835,582. It is during times like these that more people than ever will turn to United Way-funded programs and services for support.”

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United Way announces 2009 Youth Spirit Award Winners

January 29, 2010

MISSISSAUGA —Children and youth across the region were recently recognized for their creativity and enthusiasm in raising funds and awareness for United Way. Several student groups received United Way 2009 Youth Spirit Awards, including the White Oaks Public School Outreach Club in Mississauga, which garnered two of the awards. The awards were presented to the winners at school assemblies or events throughout January.

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