Earlier today, as part of United Way Week, United Way York Region (UWYR) announced $22,500 in Strength Investments funding for Network North, a broad based multi-sector collaborative to build community capacity and strengthen social infrastructure in East Gwillimbury. UWYR made the announcement at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex in Sharon. This new Strength Investments project is part of UWYR’s In Every Neighbourhood, a community aspiration to extend UWYR’s network of care into communities across our region and provide help to 325,000 people – close to home.
“East Gwillimbury residents told us loud and clear that their municipality is growing, but there are no social supports in place to keep pace with increasing demand for services,” said Peter Milovanovic, Chair, Community Investment Committee, UWYR’s Board of Directors. “United Way is committed to providing a helping hand in every municipality, in every corner of our region, and that is why we are in East Gwillimbury today.”
“Network North is the first step in building social infrastructure in East Gwillimbury,” said Steve Hinder from Neighbourhood Network and the lead for Network North. “By bringing different sectors together, we are building on our strengths and cultivating the assets that we already have in our community.”
Network North will foster a sense of identity in East Gwillimbury by creating a multi-sector municipal wide collaboration. Made up of various local groups, the collaborative aims to meet the needs of this growing community by organizing roundtable discussions, connecting local residents to services and facilitating local approaches to solve emerging social issues.
Network North is funded through UWYR’s Strength Investments, funding that supports multiple stakeholders, such as residents, businesses and faith groups, to solve local issues. To-date, including this new East Gwillimbury project, funding has totalled $375,500 for 13 groups through Strength Investments. This initial seed funding has leveraged close to $3 million in new revenue and has led to key new partnerships.
“We are happy that United Way is extending support to local groups that have worked together in the past and know the needs of our growing community,” said Virginia Hackson, Mayor of East Gwillimbury. “This investment in East Gwillimbury brings residents, agencies and businesses together to ensure people have the help they need close to home.”
In May, as part of In Every Neighbourhood, UWYR announced Strength Investments funding for WS YOU 177, a project that brings together youth and seniors to solve local issues in Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Today marks the second day of United Way Week – five days of events and activities to inform the public about United Way’s work in the community. Click here to access our calendar of events.
United Way York Region serves nine municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville. In addition to its traditional role of supporting agencies to meet urgent needs, United Way is working to tackle the root causes of social issues. To help strengthen York Region’s quality of life, United Way is uniting people and resources on three priorities: helping kids be all they can be, moving people from poverty to possibility and building strong neighbourhoods.