Why I give: A message from Kelly Hannah-Moffat

The University of Toronto has partnered with United Way for more than 20 years to improve the lives of the members of our community. Each year, our staff, faculty, students, alumni, and retirees contribute to the giving campaign in support of the United Way of Greater Toronto.

Many in our community and city face challenges that significantly impact them and their families. Through organizations like the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, the Elizabeth Fry Society, or any of the Blue Door shelters, I have seen how donated funds translate into meaningful and timely assistance – whether they are used to buy clothes and toiletries for a woman escaping an abusive partner in the middle of the night, or provide job training and life skills. The benefits are real and tangible offering support and hope.

Here are some examples of the difference you’ll be making with your contribution:

  • $50 provides a frost prevention kit for two homeless people, including a scarf, toque, gloves and pocket warmers.
  • $70 provides nutritious snacks to 100 kids at an after-school program.
  • $100 provides a senior living with Alzheimer’s with a weekly visit for three months.
  • $365 provides a woman who has experienced violence with 16 weeks of group therapy.

In thinking of those among us who need support, I hope that you consider donating, to help to make this year’s campaign a success. Our campaign runs until December 31.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the team at unitedway@utoronto.ca.

Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat
Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
University of Toronto