How Peel residents can help Syrian refugees

MISSISSAUGA (November 26, 2015) – United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel are partnering to make it easier for Peel residents to make donations to help the Syrian refugees arriving next month. All donations, including money, clothing, food and furniture, as well as volunteer time, will be coordinated through United Way at

“Syrian refugees are coming to Canada to start new lives that are safe for them and their children, but most are coming here with almost nothing,” said Shelley White, President and CEO of the United Way of Peel Region. “As an organization our mandate is to support those in need in our community.  This situation is no different. We are committed to meeting this need.”
Residents of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga are encouraged to donate the following items:

  • Money
  • Volunteer time
  • Clothing, including winter coats, boots, mittens, hats and scarves
  • Non-perishable food items and grocery gift cards
  • Furniture
  • Baby strollers and car seats (must meet Canadian safety standards)

United Way of Peel Region has quickly partnered with local agencies that specialize in accepting, sorting and distributing donations that can help others. There is a lead agency for each type of donation to get donated items straight into the hands of the refugees. Visit  for detailed information on where to make cash donations and drop off items. Visit

“Donating in times of crisis is what Canadians do, but sometimes knowing where to donate can be confusing,” said Gayle Bursey, Acting Commissioner of Human Services for the Region of Peel. “United Way of Peel Region has more than 40 years of experience managing community donations.  Together, we can ensure the refugees arriving in Peel get the supports and supplies they need quickly and without delay.”

“All cash donations will be dedicated directly to supporting Syrian refugees, so Peel residents can be confident that the money they donate stays right here at home. A transparent and accountable decision making process will be implemented, that includes representatives from the Region, municipalities and United Way,  to ensure that the donations are fairly distributed to organizations that are supporting Syrian newcomers,” continued White.

The Region of Peel has developed a plan to support the basic needs of refugees when they arrive, including food, shelter, clothing and access to services. More information about what the Region of Peel is doing to support the refugees can be found at Links to the same information, including United Way of Peel Region, can also be found on the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and Town of Caledon web sites.

About United Way of Peel Region
Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and motivate policy and attitude changes that lead to the improvement of people’s quality of life in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. United Way’s community investment focus is to help individuals and families move from a life of poverty to one full of possibilities, to ensure all children have the opportunity to be all they can be, and to build strong communities. For more information on United Way’s work in the community visit:

Media contacts:

Carol Kotacka | Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement and Public Affairs | United Way of Peel Region
C: 416-420-9975

Janet Eagleson | Communication Supervisor | Region of Peel
C: 647-221-4127