While presenting a cheque for $15,000, Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson proudly boasted that the town staff exceeded its United Way campaign goal for 2017. He thanked staffers, Kim Litchi and Emily Richards, for their efforts organizing a yard sale, a Christmas gift-wrap, and an Amazing Race event that inspired staff to make record donations.

Accepting the cheque, Anita Stellinga, interim Peel Region United Way CEO, spoke about United Way’s focus on poverty.

“United Way has supported initiatives in the region with $358,000 for agencies that deliver services right here in Caledon that operate 24/7 to accommodate demand,” she said. “With your support, the United Way has been able to provide continuity, and I would like to thank you all for that support. There is no way we could do it without you.”

Stellinga also announced, on April 1, Peel Region United Way officially joined forces with Toronto-York United way, combining 273 social services agencies. Some of those agencies include Caledon Community Services, Caledon Parent-Child Centre, Victim Services, and Caledon Meals on Wheels.

Peel is one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Inequality and high youth unemployment in the region are high on the list of priorities the United Way aims to address.