Ontario Lottery donation helps United Way Halton & Hamilton with ‘important work’

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Published February 16, 2022 at 12:21 pm

United Way Halton & Hamilton is getting a much-needed financial contribution from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and its employees.

The local charity is receiving $2,575.75 from OLG’s ‘Collecting for the Community’ virtual promotion. The donation is part of the close to $120,000 OLG and its employees are contributing to support the “important work” of the United Way in communities across the province.

The OLG’s new ‘Collecting for the Community’ promotion launched and included a commitment by OLG of $50,000 in funds for United Ways across Ontario.

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing OLG to evolve its local partnerships, the virtual promotion was intended to replicate the on-site activations at OLG sponsored events before COVID-19 hit.

From July 19, 2021 to January 3, 2022, players 18 years and older who visited CollectingfortheCommunity.ca could play the free activity, and through their participation, could secure additional funding for their local United Way and benefit their community.

As part of the promotion, each of the 27 United Ways in Ontario is guaranteed to receive $1,000, but player participation in the ‘Collecting for the Community’ promotion increases the local contribution.

In addition to the $50,000 contributed through the ‘Collecting for the Community’ promotion, OLG’s employee-driven 2021 United Way fundraising campaign raised close to $70,000.

“Giving back is at the heart of all we do and we are proud of the role we play in making Ontario stronger,” said Duncan Hannay, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG and our employees have a long, meaningful history with the United Way in Ontario.

“It is an important community partner that supports vulnerable populations through numerous charities and community assistance programs.”

Every dollar raised by the United Way Halton & Hamilton helps provide vulnerable populations with centralized access to numerous charities and community assistance programs.

Here are a few examples of the kind of support a few thousand dollars can provide: 

  • $1,000 provides nutritional meals for 100 seniors.
  • $1,200 supports 10 people with intellectual disabilities to take part in a new activity of their choice for the first time.
  • $2,000 can enroll four single moms in a career training course, making it easier for them to find a job.
  • $2,000 provides 30 youth with the opportunity to cook an affordable and nutritious meal once a week for 40 weeks.
  • $2,000 provides 10 children with one week of summer day camp or provides one week of wages for five young people participating in an employment program.
  • $2,400 will help 10 individuals get the supports they need to find housing and stay housed for three months.

 

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