October 20, 2016 ….. United Way Sault Ste. Marie and district is accepting proposals to reduce the impact of poverty on residents of Sault Ste. Marie and in the district.
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 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 Priority Community Issues & Expected Outcomes
Essential Services – To provide a variety of services that will address the community’s low income members immediate needs in case of emergency and extraordinary circumstances and in addition addressing barriers to services. The outcomes we are eager to achieve by providing essential services to the community are:
1. Members of the Sault Ste. Marie community have increased knowledge of how to access support services
2. The 211 database for Sault Ste. Marie is up to date
3. Support services in Sault Ste. Marie are more accessible to the community
4. Immediate needs of low income community members are met
Workforce Entry – Will address barriers to employment and education in the community by providing necessary support accordingly. The outcomes we are eager to achieve by prioritizing workforce entry in the community are:
1. All members of the SSM community have access to supports needed to enter the workforce
2. Employers have increased knowledge of employment programs and supports available
3. Children and youth have the supports necessary to successfully complete an appropriate level of education
Any registered charity interested in submitting a proposal click must apply on line by November 18, 2016 4:30pm.