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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.

The spring Day of Caring™, generously sponsored by TD Canada Trust employees serving Mississauga, is an opportunity for employees to play a direct role in community building and experience firsthand how their contributions support local United Way-funded agencies. Volunteers worked on a variety of projects including participating in mock job interviews, helping out at the food bank, doing yard work, painting, gardening, spring clean up, and office duties.

“It is really inspiring to see the record number of volunteers,” said United Way CEO Shelley White. “By participating in Day of Caring™, volunteers experience a unique and rewarding opportunity to make a difference in our community while learning more about United Way-funded programs and services. They also save agency resources by undertaking projects that otherwise may not have been completed.”

The following companies sent volunteers: ARI Financial, Bell Mobility, CPL, Citi Cards, City of Mississauga, E.I. duPont, GE Canada, GlaxoSmithKline Inc., General Mills, Medtronic, National Starch, RSA Group, Region of Peel, Ricoh, Suncor Energy, Tech Data, The Pepsi Beverages Co., UPS and Wyeth Healthcare.

Paint and related supplies were donated by the Brampton North Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse and Pizza Nova provided a pizza lunch for Day of Caring volunteer groups of 8 or more.

Participating agencies were: African Community Services, Caledon Community Services, Community Living Mississauga, Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel- Halton, Erin Mills Youth Outreach Program, Family Education Centre, Interim Place, John Howard Society, Malton Neighbourhood Services, Nexus Youth Services, Our Place Peel, Ontario March of Dimes, Peace Ranch, Peel Senior Link, Telecare Distress Centre, The Cross Cultural Community Services, The Mississauga Food Bank and YMCA of Greater Toronto.

For more information on how to participate in the fall Day of Caring™ on October 21, visit www.unitedwaypeel.org.

The mission of United Way of Peel Region is to engage with our community, through partnerships, to ensure people are cared for, connected and included.

Click here to view photographs from the event.

Media Contact:
Liz Leake
Communications and Marketing Director
905-602-3624 lleake@unitedwaypeel.org