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.

“The last two years have been difficult for many people in our community as the recession has taken its toll,” says 2010 Campaign Chair Barb Leavitt, President of Baxter Corporation. “It’s only through the ongoing generosity of thousands of individuals, organizations and businesses that United Way of Peel Region can support people in tough times and beyond. As we approach the end of our campaign, I invite everyone in our community to give generously!”

United Way is the largest non-governmental funder of social services in Peel. Through the Community Fund, United Way supports a network of 99 services and programs offered through 53 agencies across Peel. People from all walks of life and in many different circumstances receive assistance. Examples include:

  • Distribution of emergency food to impoverished individuals and families
  • Telephone support for people in distress or crisis
  • Emergency shelter for abused women and their children
  • After-school, homework and breakfast clubs for children
  • Counseling for families in conflict
  • Mentoring for skilled newcomers
  • Meals and social activities for isolated and frail seniors
  • Assistance for people who have lost their sight or hearing
  • Safe shelter for youth fleeing abuse and family conflict

“Last year, more than 420,000 people received help through United Way funded programs and services,” says Carl Oxholm, Chair of United Way’s Board of Directors. “Without this vital network of support many of these people have nowhere else to turn. By uniting and working together, we can ensure the assistance they need continues to be there for them.”

Donations to United Way’s Community Fund support services, programs and initiatives that improve lives, strengthen families and children, and build vibrant neighbourhoods and communities. In addition to funding local services, United Way draws together partners from many different sectors to tackle complex social issues, works to strengthen local social service agencies, and speaks out for social change.

“We all have a role to play in creating a great community,” says United Way President and CEO Shelley White. “By uniting our caring power we can meet immediate needs and address underlying causes of our community’s most challenging social issues. United we can give hope and help build better futures. Every donation counts and every dollar makes a difference.”
How you can help:

Individuals and organizations interested in supporting United Way can do so through a variety of methods:

  • Donate online at
  • Call 905-602-3650 to make a donation by credit card.
  • Give through United Way’s Gifts with Purpose program to honour friends, family, colleagues, or clients. Visit our website:
  • Mail a cheque, payable to United Way of Peel Region, to 5170 Dixie Road, Suite 300, Mississauga ON L4W 1E3.
  • Make a gift of stock or marketable securities. Contact Marilyn Friedmann at 905-602-3632 for more information.
  • Make a corporate gift or host a United Way campaign in your workplace. It doesn’t take long to organize and we provide all the resources you need. Contact Christine Lynch at 905-602-3648 to sign up.

All donations received (or postmarked) by December 31 are eligible for a 2010 tax receipt.

Media Contact:
Liz Leake
Communications and Marketing Director