United Way is a worldwide not-for-profit movement. In Canada, it operates in more than 100 communities. Each United Way raises support locally, directly responding to the needs of the community.
As the largest non-governmental sector supporter of social services in the region, the United Way Greater Toronto is dedicated to creating the opportunities people need to improve their lives and build a better future. Their work is fueled by groundbreaking research and powerful partnerships, which allow them to identify gaps and responsibly mobilize volunteer and financial resources for the most direct impact: effecting positive and lasting change, right here where we all live, work and raise our families.
Each year the YorkU community comes together to support the United Way Greater Toronto through the York Cares workplace campaign. Our community consistently raises over $170,000 in support of local organizations and programming – many of which impact YorkU’s students, staff and faculty directly.
Please join us in showing your Local Love this year by contributing to the United Way. This year’s fundraising goal is $180,000. We are encouraging everyone at York to get involved in events and activities during the campaign. We launch on Friday October 26 with the Pancake Breakfast in support of the United Way – we hope to see you there!
United Way Pancake Breakfast & Campaign Kick-off
Get a sweet start to your morning. Join us on Friday, Oct. 26 from 8:30-10:30am in the Central Square Cafeteria for the annual United Way Pancake Breakfast and launch of the York Cares United Way Campaign!
For only a twoonie you can purchase two delicious pancakes flipped by our senior administrators at YorkU. All proceeds will go towards the 2018 York Cares United Way Campaign.
Will you step UP? Your small steps can make a huge difference for local communities. Join us as we climb 1,776 steps to the top of the CN Tower and help communities rise from poverty to possibility. Choosing to climb is your way of taking positive action and showing your Local Love.
Join us this year on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the Student Climb between 6-10am.
Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to join.
If you register under York University before Nov. 16, you will receive a York t-shirt to ensure that the Red & White spirit is heard loud and proud!
So, are you ready to step up this year? Way up?
Register for the Student Climb with the “York University-York Cares" team or register your own team, just be sure to indicate that York University is the “workplace to credit” and include YorkU in the team name so we can celebrate you at the top!
If you have any questions or to make arrangements to pick up your t-shirt, please e-mail email@example.com
And don’t forget to share your pics using the hashtag #yucares
Ever wonder what your donation to United Way looks like? These are the stories of people who faced barriers - and overcame them – thanks to donors like you.
The York U staff and faculty community will be emailed their own personalized electronic pledge form on Oct. 26. Please check your email inbox to find your unique giving link. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter any issues, or to request a paper pledge form.
How much should I give?
By giving to United Way, you can be assured your dollars are having an impact on the lives of many. Here are just some examples of the impact donors make:
$70 ($2.69 per pay*) provides one homeless man with three employment-counselling sessions.
$100 ($3.85 per pay) provides a daily snack (for three weeks) for 30 children, promoting healthy eating habits.
$365 ($14.04 per pay) provides one skilled newcomer with eight hours of one-on-one employment counselling, and 15 hours of job-search training, interview-preparation and resume-building workshops, helping them find employment matching their expertise and education.
$480 ($18.46 per pay) provides a senior with a weekly visit (for one year) from a friendly, trained volunteer who encourages independent living.
$800 ($30.77 per pay) provides an opportunity for 100 neighbourhood residents to gather, identify common challenges and develop local solutions.
$900 ($34.62 per pay) provides a home-visiting service—related to parenting skills, and enhancing children’s growth and development—for a family at risk.
$1,000 ($38.46 per pay) provides an education program (on disabilities and medical conditions) for children in grades 1 to 6, helping them learn about accepting differences in themselves and others.
$1,320 ($50.77 per pay) provides 10 weeks of swim lessons to 12 children.
$2,000 ($76.92 per pay) allows three children from an underserved neighbourhood to attend a homework club two days a week (for one school year), improving their grades and enhancing self-confidence.
$3,000 ($115.38 per pay) allows at-risk youth to participate in an “Introduction to Media” course—with topics that include photojournalism, short filmmaking, music recording and opinion writing—putting them on the path to self-empowerment, informed decision-making and future employment possibilities.
*based on bi-weekly pay schedule
Leadership donors are a group of dedicated individuals who love where they live and want to make a difference when it comes to fighting local poverty in all of its forms.
By giving $1,200 or more annually, you’ll become a part of an unstoppable force for community change, joining thousands of other leadership donors in Peel, Toronto and York Region’s record breaking uprising of care.
The Stephen Smith Family Challenge Grant will provide up to $1 million to match all Leadership donations ($1200 or more) and donation increases. Your gift will have even more of an impact thanks to the remarkable generosity of the Smith family.
How the Stephen Smith Family Challenge Grant works:
As a first-time Leadership donor, when you make a gift of $1,200 or more to United Way Greater Toronto, the Stephen Smith Family Challenge Grant will match your gift, dollar for dollar.
As an existing Leadership donor increasing your gift to United Way Greater Toronto, the Stephen Smith Family Challenge Grant will match your increase. For example, if you increase your donation from $2,000 last year to $2,500 this year, the Grant will match $500.
**This Challenge Grant match only applies to gifts to United Way Greater Toronto; not to gifts made to other registered charities.
Our 2018 York Cares United Way Campaign is underway and we need your help. We're looking for positive, energetic individuals to help engage and educate their fellow YorkU colleagues by volunteering to help plan, design and execute key campaign strategies and events.
Email Nadia Dar at email@example.com to volunteer with this year's campaign.
Here are suggestions for fun things you can do:
- Silent auction
- Group challenge games event
- Book sale
- Rummage sale
- Costume contest
- Spelling bee
- Bake sale
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