United Way of Peel Region announces $7.2 million in Community Priorities Fund investments

MISSISSAUGA (April 2, 2014) – After a thorough allocation process, United Way of Peel Region announced today it will invest $7.2 million in 2014/15 in a network of social programs and services through its Community Priorities Fund.

“Poverty is the result of many factors and overlapping social issues. No single initiative can address them all,” says Shelley White, president and CEO of United Way. “We have a holistic, long-term strategy in place that tackles poverty on many fronts across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. The Community Priorities Fund is part of our overall investment strategy.”

Over the next 12 months this fund will support 91 programs delivered through 54 agencies that will provide vital services to hundreds of thousands of Peel residents who need help to realize their dreams of a better life.

The $7.2-million is being distributed as follows:

  • $3.4-million will be invested in our Strong Communities focus area:
    • Providing supports for people and families dealing with mental illness, disability and violence, and increasing awareness of mental health to reduce stigma
  • $2.7-million will be invested in our All That Kids Can Be focus area:
    • Helping to put vulnerable children and youth on the right path for success in school and in life
  • $1.1-million will be invested in our Poverty to Possibility focus area:
    • Supporting people to get back on their feet by making sure they have access to the most basic needs in life – food, emergency shelter and transitional housing supports

In addition to the Community Priorities Fund, other United Way funding streams include: Strong Neighbourhood Grants, Youth In Action Grants and the Community Response Fund.

“Thousands of individuals and corporations support our mission to reduce poverty in community by giving to United Way of Peel Region,” says White. “We take great care in how their dollars are distributed and ensure investments are made in effective programs that are changing lives, and ultimately strengthening our entire region.”

“The due diligence behind investment decisions is based on a strong partnership between our Community Investment Cabinet, Allocations Committee and the United Way team,” says Jeanie Theoharis, chair of the Community Investment Cabinet. “We truly appreciate the significant time and efforts our volunteers dedicated to this important process. They are instrumental in driving funding decisions that respond to our region’s priorities.”

In April 2013, United Way introduced a new performance measurement practice aligned with the new investment strategy. The program data collected by the agencies over the last year is key to measuring United Way’s impact and progress on its new investment strategy to reduce poverty across Peel. United Way will release its Community Impact Report based on investments made in 2013/14 in June 2014.

For a full list of Community Priorities Fund investments visit, click here.

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