September 11, 2018
The City of Toronto announced its 2018 United Way Employee Campaign fundraising goal of $1.55 million at the campaign kickoff today on Nathan Phillips Square. City officials were joined by representatives of the municipal unions and associations. The Toronto Public Service's United Way fundraising campaign is led jointly by unions and management.
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"The City of Toronto is a proud and long-time supporter of United Way Greater Toronto and the great work of its 270 community agencies across the city and region," said the Mayor of Toronto. "Helping those that are most vulnerable remains a value that Torontonians cherish and exemplify."
"The City's partnership with United Way makes sense because we share the same priorities such as building strong neighbourhoods, reducing poverty and focusing on youth," said City Manager Chris Murray. "The work we do as public servants, combined with our charitable dollars and efforts, results in residents being better served and urgent needs being met."
Contributions to United Way help build a strong network of support for people in Toronto neighbourhoods. Examples include providing pre-employment training opportunities for newcomers, enabling at-risk youth to participate in school programs or counselling sessions, helping to provide shelter for abused women and giving adults with physical or mental disabilities an opportunity to participate in programs that help them live independently and stay connected to the community.
"Our annual campaign is a great example of a joint management-union initiative with participation of all the City's unions and association," said Campaign Co-patrons Giuliana Carbone, Deputy City Manager, and Frank Ramagnano, President of the Toronto Professional Firefighters' Association. "The ongoing success of the campaign and the level of staff engagement demonstrate the commitment of the Toronto Public Service to residents of Toronto."
The Toronto Public Service is joined in its campaign by five agencies and corporations: Toronto Public Library, Toronto Zoo, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Parking Authority and Exhibition Place. The City's employee campaign has raised more than $1 million each of the past 17 years.