United Way unites community for neighbourhood clean-up
September 23, 2011
MISSISSAUGA — Close to 400 volunteers United in Action to help clean-up neighbourhoods in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon today. The clean-up is part of United Way of Peel Region’s 2011 campaign kick-off.
“In addition to launching our 2011 public fundraising campaign, this year our United in Action kick-off aims to bring our community together to build strong vibrant neighbourhoods where residents can thrive,” says United Way President and CEO Shelley White. “United Way is all about community partnerships, collective action, and providing opportunities for residents to enhance their quality of life.”
The United in Action project is collaboration of United Way and various community partners including city councillors, Caledon Dufferin Victim Services, City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, EcoCaledon, Safe City Brampton, Safe City Mississauga and University Toronto Mississauga (UTM).
Three of the neighbourhoods targeted for clean-up were indentified through research funded by a United Way Neighbourhood Development Grant. The research conducted by UTM Professor of Geography Dana Wilson and UTM students, builds on previous studies by University of Toronto graduate students and will enhance the understanding of neighbourhood resources, strengths and priority needs.
Clean-up projects include graffiti removal, mural painting by local students, gardening and litter pick-up.
“Research has shown that when residents unite and work together, neighbourhoods are cleaner, safer and more productive,” says White.
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