Neighbourhood Strategy milestones
At United Way Toronto we strive to affect real change in our city’s 13 Priority Neighbourhoods. We’ve achieved several milestones in support of our Building Strong Neighbourhoods strategy, which include…
- The people of Toronto respond to rising need with an unparalleled demonstration of generosity, helping United Way Toronto raise $115-million for the 2011 campaign.
- United Way Toronto achieves a fundraising goal of $113.2-million for the 2010 fundraising year. This was made possible by people in every corner of Toronto coming together with remarkable commitment and unparalleled generosity to build resiliency in our city, at a time when our community continues to recover from a devastating recession.
- United Way Toronto releases its newest report, Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty, which presents new data on the growing concentration of poverty in the City of Toronto and the role that high-rise housing is playing in this trend.
- United Way Toronto launches the Jane Street Hub in the inner suburb of Weston-Mt. Dennis in January 2011.
- Planning and development for the remaining Community Hubs in Jamestown, Westminster Branson, Dorset Park, and Steeles-L’Amoreaux moves forward throughout 2011, set for launch in 2012 or later.
- United Way Toronto’s Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy marks its fifth year.
- United Way Toronto announces its fundraising goal for 2010—an unprecedented amount of $113-million, reflecting that now, more than ever, we need to build resiliency in our city—to help our community fully recover from the recession and become better prepared to weather any storms ahead.
- The AccessPoint on Danforth Community Hub opens its doors to community members in the Crescent Town area in October 2010.
- Community Hubs will be opening in Victoria Village in December 2010 and Weston-Mt. Dennis in January 2010. Planning and development for the remaining Community Hubs in Jamestown, Westminster Branson, Dorset Park, and Steeles-L’Amoreaux moves forward throughout 2010.
- United Way Toronto launches The Hub in Flemingdon Park–Victoria Village—the third to open among eight Community Hubs planned for Toronto’s 13 Priority Neighbourhoods.
- During an unprecedented economic downturn, our Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy experiences a break-though year with the launch of the very first Community Hub. The Hub-Mid Scarborough opens its doors to community members in the Eglington East/Kennedy Park area in December 2009.
- The resident engagement initiative Action for Neighbourhood Change builds momentum for its work across Toronto’s 13 Priority Neighbourhoods.
- United Way Toronto raises $109-million to support our community—the highest campaign achievement in United Way’s history and the largest in North America.
- ANC’s Resident Action Grants—small one-time investments that fund local improvement projects identified by residents—were bolstered by United Way funding of $238,000 in 2009.
- In 2009, United Way Toronto invested $54.3-million in a network of frontline health and social service organizations across the city. United Way Toronto also invested $24.3-million in member agencies in our city’s inner suburbs, $8.7-million in member agencies serving youth and $9.1-million in those serving newcomers.
- Four new ANC projects roll out in Jamestown, Malvern, Kingston-Galloway and Crescent Town.
- $3.1-million raised to date in special gift donations for the Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy, in support of ANC, Resident Action Grants (formerly known as Quick Start) and Community Hubs.
- Six new projects in the inner-suburbs supported with CDP Grants.
- Three Community Hubs in the 13 Priority Neighbourhoods are approved for capital funding: two expected to be ready for operation by fall 2009 and the third in early 2010.
- The provincial government passed legislation to regulate the payday lending sector, a key recommendation in Losing Ground: The Persistence of Growth in Family Poverty in Canada’s Largest City.
- Two key provincial reports, Review of the Roots of Youth Violence and Poverty Reduction Strategy, reflected a place-based approach that supports the Strong Neighbourhood Strategy
- Youth Challenge Fund (YCF) has been instrumental in funding grassroots initiatives that many traditional funders have declined. Commitments of $15.2-million were allocated to 92 youth-led programs during the first four rounds of YCF funding being delivered by 80 different groups in priority neighbourhoods.
- Community Hub and Community Health Centre announced in Eglinton East-Kennedy Park.
- Four Action for Neighbourhood Change projects roll out in Weston-Mt. Dennis, Eglinton East-Kennedy Park, Steeles L’Amoreux, Lawrence Heights.
- Youth Challenge Fund pilot project on educational attainment—Rexdale and Lawrence Heights.
- Bridge to Success pilot project North Albion Collegiate Institute.
- Poverty by Postal Code report released.
- Strong Neighbourhood Task Force (SNTF) created.