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.

      “In 1980, two percent of Peel’s neighbourhoods were considered low income. Today, it’s 45%. Any nurse, social worker or police officer will tell you poverty is a big thread that runs through many social and health issues in our community,” says Shelley White, United Way of Peel Region President and CEO. “Poverty is a complex issue which requires a multi-faceted response. We’re committed to continuing to support, build and lead community wide strategies to address this issue on many levels.”

      After a thorough allocation process, $7.23-million will be invested to fight the issues of poverty in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. In total, 89 programs delivered through 54 agencies, will receive funding.

      In addition United Way will also support Strong Neighbourhood Grants, Youth In Action Grants and the Community Response Fund.
      For a full list of Community Priorities Fund investments visit, click here.

      About United Way of Peel Region
      Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region serves the communities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Through its Community Fund, United Way invests in services, programs and initiatives that develop resilient people, grow strong families, and build vibrant neighbourhoods and communities. The mission of United Way of Peel Region is to engage with our community, through partnerships, to ensure people are cared for, connected and included.

      Media contacts:

      Carol Kotacka | United Way of Peel Region | Cell: 416-420-9975 | ckotacka@unitedwaypeel.org | @unitedwaypeel