Make a Dif­fer­ence in This Sea­son of Giv­ing

North Toronto Post - - Charitable Giving Guide -

With win­ter upon us, many fam­i­lies look for­ward with an­tic­i­pa­tion to a joy­ous fes­tive sea­son. For far too many oth­ers, how­ever, the cold months ahead will bring fear, stress and un­cer­tainty. It may even mean sleep­ing on a frigid street, after be­ing turned away from an over­ca­pac­ity shel­ter.

Our city is see­ing grow­ing dis­par­ity be­tween wealth and poverty, and the face of poverty is chang­ing. Toronto’s poverty is no longer con­fined to the fringes of so­ci­ety; the face of poverty may be that of your neigh­bour, your em­ployee or even a fam­ily mem­ber.

Now is the time to cre­ate real change in our city, to en­sure eq­ui­table op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­cess for all.

With the help of a car­ing and gen­er­ous com­mu­nity, WoodGreen Com­mu­nity Ser­vices pro­vides af­ford­able hous­ing and the com­pre­hen­sive, holis­tic sup­ports that help to sta­bi­lize peo­ple, no mat­ter what their en­try point into poverty.

Whether it is pro­vid­ing tran­si­tional hous­ing for new­com­ers or street-in­volved clients, help­ing vul­ner­a­ble se­niors age at home, res­cu­ing women and chil­dren from shel­ters and abuse, or pro­vid­ing a promis­ing fu­ture for youth “ag­ing out” of the child wel­fare sys­tem, WoodGreen is there.

WoodGreen cre­ates the net­work nec­es­sary to help close the gaps of in­equity. We’re break­ing the cy­cle of poverty, bol­ster­ing in­de­pen­dence and cre­at­ing new paths to op­por­tu­nity, through in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to crit­i­cal so­cial is­sues. Each year, WoodGreen sup­ports more than 37,000 dis­ad­van­taged in­di­vid­u­als — from in­fants to se­niors — eas­ing their lives and help­ing them to re­set their fu­tures. But there is so much more to be done.

In this sea­son of giv­ing, we ask you to re­mem­ber those less for­tu­nate — to make a real dif­fer­ence — and help WoodGreen spread comfort and joy to some of the most vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents of our city.

Your gen­er­ous hol­i­day gift will make Toronto a more live­able place for all.

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