Service members raised $412,400 and counting this year for the United Way Toronto & York Region (UWTYR).
Chief Mark Saunders, who is part of the UWTYR Cabinet this year, said Service members recognize the importance of the organization, which funds social services that mentor youth, helps victims of domestic violence start over and care for seniors.
“We know because of agencies like the United Way, it reduces our calls for Service,” Chief Saunders said. “You ensure that each and every Torontonian is provided with opportunity so I thank you for the work that you do.”
UWTYR President & CEO Daniele Zanotti said the Service is a great partner who understands the challenges their city and region face.
“Thank you for being part of the biggest uprising of care in this city and in this region – 200,000 donors, 25,000 volunteers who get together with one united cause – to help people in need of it,” Zanotti said. “In addition, every single day your men and women are on the front lines providing care across the city. For the homeless, for those with mental health challenges, for people fleeing abuse.”
Service members have donated almost $5 million over the past 10 years to the campaign.
Campaign Chair Acting Superintendent Reuben Stroble said the donations from Service members reflect the recognition that many in the communities they service need additional help to be successful.
“For law enforcement we can’t stand by and do nothing – because that’s not an option,” Stroble said. “Organizations like United Way bring people together towards the cause of giving so that we as a city can build strong communities. We can help kids reach their full potential and we can move people from poverty to possibility.”
Stroble credited the work of 20 Service members who worked as ambassadors, conducting 200 presentations about the United Way to tell their story about why they give, with helping bring awareness to the work of the social service agency. He also thanked the fundraising committee for their work in surpassing the fundraising goal and making it sustainable.
The Toronto Police Services Board donated $10,000 from their special fund.
“It recognizes the Service’s commitment to this very special organization that does so much in our communities,” TPSB Chair Andy Pringle said. “The Service’s involvement in the United Way campaign has been very rewarding.”
Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack said he’s personally seen the outreach from United Way agencies as a police officer patrolling Regent Park.
“I want to thank the United Way for making our communities and our city a better place and a safer place to live,” McCormack said. The TPA donated $5,000 to the campaign.
Senior Officer Association (SOO) President Superintendent Scott Gilbert said he saw the impact of the United Way before joining the Toronto Police Service 37 years ago working with the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club. The SOO donated $500 to the campaign.