York raises more than $135,000 toward its $200,000 campaign goal

York’s 2008 United Way Campaign is now in its final phase. Donations from York community members to the University’s 2008 United Way Campaign have reached more than $135,000 to date.

"The amount raised is a solid demonstration of York’s giving spirit and commitment to helping the city’s most vulnerable," says Yvette Munro, York’s manager, community relations and the University’s United Way Employee Campaign chair. 

"York University is also responding to a special plea made by United Way Toronto at a recent news conference," says Munro. "During the news conference, the United Way Toronto announced that it is $4 million short of its fundraising goal. I am encouraging York community members to come forward. In particular, during this time of economic hardship, it is anticipated that programs and services provided through United Way’s 200 health and social service agencies will be in greater demand than ever before."

Munro says a donation of just $10 or $15 per paycheque would provide a hungry child with a year’s worth of healthy breakfasts. A leadership donation of $2000 a year would provide re-training and job placement for a laid-off worker.  

The United Way Toronto is working to improve the lives of many by building on strong partnerships with community leaders, business, labour and government, to target the critical social issues affecting the quality of life in Toronto.

The services supplied by United Way member agencies are essential to those affected by rising prices and job losses. Member agencies focus on alleviating unemployment, hunger and homelessness; assisting troubled neighbourhoods, newcomers and people struggling with addictions; and helping those with AIDS/HIV. As well, the United Way member agencies offer important support to people with disabilities, women who have been abused, seniors and young children. For 2008, the United Way has identified three priority areas: strengthening neighbourhoods, creating opportunities for youth and helping to fulfill the potential of newcomers.

Visit the United Way Toronto Web site to find out more about how donations are used to support social services and health agencies in delivering services.

"It is still not too late to make a donation to this year’s campaign," says Munro. "Please submit your pledge forms as soon as possible. If you need an extra pledge form or are interested in making your donation online, contact me at ext. 77529."