TORONTO - The United Way Toronto & York Region received an early Christmas present from City of Toronto employees to the tune of $1,580,000, which was the 2015 amount raised during their annual fundraising efforts.
This was announced on December 8, 2015 at the St. Lawrence Hall.
This also represents an 8% increase over last year’s fundraising total, as well as being well above the $1,300,000 goal that was set for 2015.
This is the 15th year in a row that city employees have surpassed their fundraising goal.
"On behalf of City Council, I commend the Toronto Public Service on an outstanding campaign," said Mayor John Tory. "You are great examples of a city that cares."
This year's employee campaign had record-breaking staff participation rates in events such as the Civic Run a 5km walk and 2km run, the Civic Gala, and various staff workplace fundraising efforts. With formal support from all City unions and associations (CUPE Local 79, CUPE Local 416, the Toronto Professional Fire Fighter's Association, Toronto Public Library Workers Union CUPE Local 4948 and COTAPSA), staff organized 250 special events across work locations.
The Toronto Public Service was joined in its campaign by the Toronto Public Library, Toronto Zoo, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Parking Authority, and Exhibition Place.