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

Employees from Best Buy Canada, Ingram Micro, Ricoh Canada, Pratt and Whitney, and the City of Mississauga volunteer at Peace Ranch, a residential community in Caledon helping individuals managing mental health illness

May 29, 2012

CALEDON– The residents and volunteers of Peace Ranch in Caledon welcomed a group of corporate volunteers last Thursday, May 24th, in participation with United Way‘s Day Of Caring™.

Twenty-six corporate volunteers from Best Buy Canada, Ingram Micro, Ricoh Canada, Pratt and Whitney, and the City of Mississauga rolled up their sleeves to help garden and paint fences at the beautiful country facility.

“Our company talks about giving back to the community a lot and sometimes it’s about more than financial backing, a little elbow grease is always helpful, and everybody needs it”, said Khesh Prashad, one of the Pratt and Whitney employees.

Peace Ranch is a non-profit residential therapeutic community that welcomes individuals managing serious mental health illness. “We’re a place of possibility”, said Sue Morley, Volunteer Manager for Peace Ranch.

She expressed her gratitude for the United Way Day Of Caring™ and all the eager volunteers. “Getting our big projects out of the way in the spring allows us to concentrate on working with our clients.”

The events of the Day of Caring™ are designed to allow United Way supporters to see firsthand how their donations to United Way are helping the community through its funded agencies. Peace Ranch is one of 56 agencies United Way funds across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

Shelley White, CEO, United Way of Peel Region stated, “I’d like to thank all of our donors and volunteers for their support of United Way and for participation in the 2012 Spring Day of Caring™. We couldn’t do our work without your tremendous involvement. Thanks to you change starts here.”

Day of Caring™ featured numerous volunteering events throughout Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga. 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.