CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: September 27, 2016

FIVE YEAR PLAN: Poverty Reduction Strategic Action Plan

FOCUS: Essential Services and Workplace Entry

  • For 59 years the United Way has engaged individuals and mobilized collective action to make the greatest possible impact to improve lives in our community.
  • The United Way, Sault Ste. Marie and district is taking bold action against poverty, beginning a five-year process to address root causes of poverty by working with multiple community partners on strategies which reduce the impact of low income on the health and well-being of individuals and families in our community.
  • The United Way strategies are aligned with, and support, the Sault Ste. Marie Poverty Reduction Strategic Action Plan that was developed by the Community Poverty Roundtable over the past four years and endorsed by the Mayor and Members of Council in August of 2016.
  • The United Way will focus on two of the priority community issues identified in the Sault Ste. Marie Poverty Reduction Strategic Action Plan: Essential Services and Workplace Entry.
  • The United Way will continue to fund programs such as the Options Navigator, Community Assistance Trust, Community Housing Support Worker, Northern Ontario Health Grant, Volunteer SSM and 211 (Information Referral Services).
  • The United Way will continue to work with and support a variety of community partners to achieve the outcomes that have been identified in the plan.
  • Community partners have been invited to bring forward their expertise and apply for funding for activities that support those outcomes and it is anticipated that many who received support in the past will continue to work with the United Way.
  • The five-year fundraising target is $6,250,000