United Way Advocates to end Youth Homelessness at Queen’s Park

MISSISSAUGA (November 23, 2015) – Today, United Way of Peel Region joined United Ways across Ontario in a joint meeting with MPPs at Queen’s Park to create awareness and to ultimately, end youth homelessness. Community leaders and organizations throughout the province attended to learn more about how they can work together to put an end to this growing issue.

Last year the one youth shelter for Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, Our Place Peel, experienced such high demand, they turned  away over 450 kids due to lack of space. In addition, service providers working to address youth homelessness through prevention, early intervention, counselling, and mental health supports are stretched. Many services to address youth homelessness don’t exist in Peel Region.

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Agents of Change working to improve the Peel community through Day of Caring™

PEEL REGION (October 8, 2015) – On Thursday, over 180 Agents of Change from organizations across Peel spent the day  making a difference  during United Way of Peel Region’s Fall Day of Caring™ sponsored by Depend.

United Way mobilizes volunteers across our region to support our work to reduce poverty, prevent poverty and support those in crisis right now. Thursday’s event was held at 26 locations throughout Brampton, Caledon & Mississauga. Volunteers witnessed the impact of United Way dollars at work supporting individuals and families in their time of need.

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United Way of Peel Region mobilizes community to give...act...volunteer at 2015 kick off

MISSISSAUGA (September 18, 2015) – Over 300 community members came together today to launch the 48th annual campaign for United Way of Peel Region. These agents of change helped to address food insecurity in Peel by bringing donations of fresh produce, quality food and hygiene products. Truckloads of food were collected and dispersed across the region to front line serving organizations. This community mobilization is a living testament of United Way’s affirmation that together, we are possibility.

The Kick Off was led by Chuck Hounsell, 2015 Campaign Chair and Senior Vice-President of Payment at TD Bank, John Russo, Board Chair and Shelley White, President and CEO of United Way. In addition to their donations, attendees were inspired by local performers, shared personal stories and their vision for a community where everyone has access to nutritious food. 

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United Way of Peel Region celebrates community impact and possibility at Annual General Meeting

BRAMPTON (June 23, 2015) – Today, at its annual general meeting, United Way celebrated its collective effort and the role of front line staff in driving community impact in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Through the release of the 2014-15 Impact Report and the incorporation of Bhayana Family Foundation Awards, there were plenty of reasons to celebrate.

As a central point of mobilization, United Way brings together leaders from all walks of life to build and support collective responses to the root causes of poverty. Through partnerships with partner social service agencies, regional government, education, business and health care, United Way drives community impact on issues such as mental health, family violence, youth unemployment and racism to name a few.

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Creating a better community through Day of Caring™

PEEL REGION (May 22, 2015) – On Thursday, over 150 individuals from organizations across Peel got out of the office to roll up their sleeves and make a huge impact in the lives of others during United Way’s Spring Day of Caring™.

United Way brings together leaders from all walks of life to address root causes in the cycle of poverty.  This day-long event was held at 25 sites throughout Peel, and gave United Way supporters a first-hand look at the front line work happening every day, right in the hearts of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Day of Caring™ is a wonderful engagement activity – it provides an opportunity to combine team building with making a real difference in the community.

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United Way of Peel Region and partners release research on well being of Black youth in Peel

BRAMPTON (May 4, 2015) – United Way of Peel Region’s Black Community Advisory Council, in collaboration with the Social Planning Council of Peel, the Black Community Action Network and the F.A.C.E.S. Collaborative launched the 2015 F.A.C.E.S. report in Brampton today.

The F.A.C.E.S. report - Facilitating Access, Change and Equity in Systems – examines the social well-being of Black youth in Peel Region and the supports needed to ensure the opportunity to thrive. The research presented is a compilation of demographic and socio-economic data as well as key interviews with service providers and Black youth themselves.

Key findings among others:

  • There are 116,225 Black persons living in Peel Region - between 2001 and 2011, the Black community grew by 64%
  • Children and youth make up 44 % of this population
  • The unemployment rate for Black youth in the GTA is 30% - 10% higher than the general youth unemployment rate
  • “Blacks earn, on average, 76 cents for every dollar a White worker earns” (Block and Galabuzi, 2011)
  • Qualitative findings indicate that many Black youth in Peel feel unwanted, devalued and socially isolated.

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United Way of Peel Region Announces Community Priorities for 2015/16

MISSISSAUGA (April 13, 2015) – By leveraging local research and identifying the most pressing community needs, United Way of Peel Region recently announced their 2015/16 strategic priorities to advance their poverty reduction strategy:

  • Partner: by investing $7.23-million in our community partner agencies to provide accessible programs designed to address poverty – reducing it, preventing it and supporting those who are living in poverty right now. This investment will provide critical support to hundreds of thousands of Peel residents over the coming year.
  • Collaborate: as a central point of mobilization, United Way brings together leaders from all walks of life to build and support collective responses to the root causes of poverty. Through partnerships with regional government, education, business and health care, United Way drives community impact on issues such as mental health, family violence, youth unemployment and racism to name a few.
  • Advocate: United Way will continue to work with local and provincial government partners to ensure Peel has the social services necessary to support our community. In 2015/16, United Way leaders will focus on:
    • Increasing the number of youth shelter beds. The one youth shelter we have, Our Place Peel, experiences such high demand, they must turn away over 450 kids per year.
    • Opening community hubs offering support for mental health and addictions. Through research and best practice, we know that mental health and addictions plays a critical role in unemployment and feeding into the cycle of poverty
    • Increasing after school programs. With a child poverty rate of almost 20%, many children aren’t able to participate in after school activities because their parents can’t afford the cost. These programs are critical to young people to incite imagination and engage their individual passions.

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United Way of Peel Region Celebrates Achievement with Community Partners and Joe Roberts

MISSISSAUGA (March 5, 2015) – Over 600 people came together at the Mississauga Convention Centre this evening to celebrate United Way’s Community Achievement and hear key note speaker Joe Roberts speak of his experience moving from “skid row to CEO”.

Joe Roberts, Canadian motivational speaker and author, shared his personal experience of moving from poverty to possibility. He went from being homeless, to becoming a well-respected business executive. Drawing on lived experience, Joe went on to launch a national initiative designed to help young people who are at the crossroad of being homeless.  Mr. Roberts embodies United Way’s spirit and his story provides the perfect platform to celebrate community achievement - proving that Together, We Are Possibility!

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Social services and health sector partner to support family doctors in diagnosing and treating mental illness in children and youth

PEEL REGION (February 13, 2015) – A unique partnership between health and the social services sector has been formed to support family doctors in meeting the growing needs in our community. The 2nd Annual Physician Conference on Community Mental Health was held on February 12, 2015 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.  The focus of this year’s conference was children and youth.

Mental illness is the second leading cause of disability and premature death among Canadians. One in five will experience an episode of mental illness during their lifetime, 70% of which will occur during childhood or adolescence. Early intervention and prevention are critical. Family physicians are one of the first points of intervention. Both patients and their doctors in Peel face a confusing system and significantly long wait lists as mental health services are not currently able to meet demand. 

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United Way of Peel Region issues challenge to make it through “The Longest Night”

PEEL REGION (February 9, 2015) – United Way of Peel Region challenges residents to join the movement in creating awareness and generating support by making it through The Longest Night.

On any given night, there are between 169,000 and 195,000 individuals in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga who are experiencing poverty and struggling to afford housing. With a wait list of 12,077, Peel has one of the longest social housing wait lists in the country.

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