United we can make a difference

City of Vaughan staff show support for the United Way  

2015 UW-Banner

The City of Vaughan began its annual staff United Way campaign on Sept. 28. The City is proud to support this organization that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across our communities.

The goal of the United Way is to empower people and promote well-being through a variety of community services. Ultimately, it’s about helping people build better lives. By supporting the United Way we are helping to provide vital social services to impoverished families, children and youth, seniors, people with disabilities, women who have been abused, homeless people and newcomers to the community.

Did you know that $70 can provide one homeless person with three employment counselling services or that $100 provides a daily snack for three weeks to 30 children?

It is amazing how far the United Way can stretch a dollar. Last year, City of Vaughan staff raised $71,641 and that went to help more than 1,000 people close to home. That included troubled youth and their families who received counselling, homeless individuals who received access to employment and counselling skills, and women who experienced trauma who received help through support programs to improve their parenting skills and reduce stress.

At the City of Vaughan, we believe that we are all in this together. We have the power and ability to make a difference in the lives of so many people who are not as privileged as we are. From Sept. 28 to Oct. 30, City staff will be holding a number of events to raise money for the United Way, including bake sales and the popular fire truck pull kickoff and BBQ at the JOC on Oct. 8.

Be sure to check out the 2015 United Way Toronto and York Region campaign video.

United, we can make a difference.

Steve Kanellakos, City Manager
Chair, United Way Campaign – City of Vaughan

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