How Peel Residents Can Help Displaced Hickory Drive Families

MISSISSAUGA, ON. (July 8, 2016) – As the community rebuilds, United Way of Peel Region, the City of Mississauga and The Region of Peel are partnering to make it easier for Peel residents to help those impacted by the explosion on Hickory Drive.

On Tuesday June 28, 2016 a home on Hickory Drive in Mississauga exploded killing two people and injuring nine people. The explosion forced hundreds from their homes. Many have since been able to return but the area closest to the blast site continues to be off-limits to residents.

Residents across the region have been reaching out to the City asking how they can help. In turn, the City of Mississauga and The Region of Peel is partnering with United Way to mobilize those who want to get involved.

As the Hickory Drive community begins rebuilding United Way of Peel Region will provide community members with an opportunity to give, act or volunteer to the rebuilding efforts. Learn more at

Based on initial resident consultations, United Way of Peel Region is setting a community goal of $50,000 to support those in crisis. 100% of donations through United Way of Peel Region will be used to respond to the immediate and long-term needs of the residents as they rebuild their lives.

“As an organization our mandate is to act as a central point of mobilization to support those in need in our community. This situation is no different. We are committed to meeting this need.” said Shelley White, President and CEO of the United Way of Peel Region.


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:

Roy Saad | Manager, Stakeholder Engagement
416-356-6344 (mobile) | | @unitedwaypeel