Adanna Phillip, Social Supports Manager at CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, connects with a client online.

Flexible funding:

When the pandemic hit, United Way was there. We quickly offered front-line agencies flexibility through our $7.5-million monthly investment in community, so this network was uniquely positioned to pivot and provide crucial services in new ways.

The COVID-19 Community Coordination table brings United Way and Region of York members together virtually to identify key challenges and actions.

Community coordination:

Working with the City of Toronto, The Regional Municipality of York and Peel Region, we’ve integrated our network of agencies with local urgent response plans. Together, we’re identifying priorities like food security, homelessness and seniors; escalating concerns; and sharing resources to meet emerging needs in real time.

Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS) delivers food and other essentials door to door.

Trusted partner for federal emergency funds:

Up to $850,000 of the New Horizons for Seniors fund; $2.8 million through Reaching Home, Canada’s homelessness prevention strategy, to address homelessness in York Region; $11 million earmarked for the GTA through the federal Emergency Community Support Fund: United Way was there when the federal government needed a trusted community partner to get short-term emergency funds to the people and places that need them the most.

Chef Gartlet Taylor of the Hospitality Workers’ Training Centre works with local agencies to distribute 3,000 meals weekly to homeless and street-involved people.

Local Love Fund:

In March, United Way approved a rapid-response emergency fund to get resources out the door and on the ground in record time. At final count, the $2.1-million fund was supporting almost 200 hyper-local projects to bridge critical gaps in services.

Volunteer Monika Garg has made more than 100 masks for Volunteer MBC to distribute to shelters, food banks and care centres.

Help at hand:

United Way–funded Findhelp/211 has become THE number to call as the pandemic has evolved, connecting the most vulnerable in our community to support, while volunteer organizations across Toronto, Peel and York are working in unison to deploy civic heroes where they’re needed most.

United Way is here for community today and tomorrow because of a foundation of local love and regional scale that’s been years in the making. For highlights of our work over the last year, please explore the site.