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United Way volunteers spend Day of Caring™ across Region of Peel

Employees from RSA Group’s Mississauga office “skip work” to help out Peel HIV/AIDS Network

May 25, 2012

 

REGION OF PEEL — Peel HIV/AIDS Network organized a Condom Pack-A-Thon yesterday in association with United Way of Peel Region’s Spring Day of Caring™. A group of 15 corporate volunteers from RSA Group spent the day packing condoms, pinning ribbons, and learning about sexual health and safety.

Berkha Gupta, Community Engagement Coordinator for Peel HIV/AIDS Network says, “Instead of just having volunteers come in and pack stuff, we like to have an educational aspect as well, so we talk to them about HIV/AIDS as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) community. It’s been a great day!”

The events of Day of Caring™ are designed to allow supporters of the United Way to see firsthand how their donations to United Way are helping the community through its funded agencies. Peel HIV/AIDS Network is one of 56 agencies United Way funds. It is also an opportunity for corporations and organizations to give back to their community through volunteerism.

One of the enthusiastic volunteers stated, “I’ve learned a lot, and it’s been a lot of fun.” “Day of Caring is a chance for our donors and volunteers to see first-hand the difference they’re making in people’s lives and help them out even more,” says Shelley White, CEO of United Way of Peel Region. “We couldn’t do our work without their tremendous involvement. Thanks to them change starts here.”

Day of Caring™ featured numerous volunteering events throughout Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga. In total, over 220 corporate employees volunteered to give a helping hand at 30 different United Way-funded agencies across Peel Region. The day was sponsored by TD Canada Trust.

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For More Information contact:
Doris Mohrhardt
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
Office: 905-602-3624 | Cell: 416-420-9975
dmohrhardt@unitedwaypeel.org

United Way of Peel Region’s
2012 Spring Day of Caring™ Participants

Agencies:
African Community Services; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel; Caledon Community Services; Canadian Mental Health Association - Peel Branch; Catholic Cross-cultural Services; Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin; CNIB-Halton/Peel; Community Living Mississauga; Distress Centre Peel; Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel Halton; India Rainbow Community Services of Peel; Interim Place; John Howard Society of Peel-Halton; Malton Neighbourhood Services; Nexus Youth Services; Peace Ranch; Peel Children and Youth Initiative; Peel Family Education Centre; Peel HIV/AIDS Network; Peel Senior Link; Social Planning Council of Peel; The Cross-Cultural Community Services Association and YMCA Peel Region.

Companies:
Airfleet Limousine Canada; Aimia Loyalty Marketing Services Canada; ARI Financial Services Inc.; Baxter Corporation; Best Buy & Future Shop; Brampton-Mississauga & District and Labour Council; Ceridian Canada Limited; Chubb Edwards; CitiFinancial Canada Inc.; City of Mississauga; Edward Jones; E.I. duPont Canada Company; Grant Thornton LLP; Ingram Micro Inc.; Intact Insurance Company; Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc.; Regional Municipality of Peel; Ricoh Canada Inc.; RSA Group; TD Canada Trust and Tech Data Canada Inc.