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Women Gaining Ground Program Investments

Investments

In 2016, 309 Women Gaining Ground members and associates came together and raised an unprecedented $1,391,000. Their collective giving will make a real impact on the lives of women facing multiple barriers by providing access to the opportunities they need to succeed. On behalf of all members, the Women Gaining Ground Investment Committee members in partnership with United Way were able to select the following best-in-class programs to invest in this year:

Educational supports for women facing multiple barriers

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto’s Aboriginal Women’s Empowerment Through Education is an employment program for Aboriginal women, helping them obtain a college certificate in office administration, while providing them with supports crucial to their success, including meals, transportation, child-care and job-search training.
Current Funding: $85,000
Years Allocated: 2015-2016

Opportunity for Advancement’s Women’s Youth Leadership Development is an employment and education program that provides a full range of supports, such as individual and group mentoring, to women ages 16 to 24 for one year as they move from social assistance to self-sufficiency. By the end of the program, women either continue with their education or gain employment.
Current Funding: $60,000
Years Allocated: 2015-2016

Thorncliffe Neighborhood Office’s Career Education and Training for Women Program supports women living in inner-suburban neighbourhoods identify and achieve their career goals. They’ll gain in-demand skills that they can either use in the workplace or to start their own small enterprise.
Current Funding: $85,000
Years Allocated: 2015-2016

Employment and language-skills training fostering self-sustainability in newcomer women

St. Stephen Community House’s Connections Program supports newcomer women looking to work in office administration, customer service or the retail industry by providing them with skills-building courses, a co-op placement and job-search support.
Current Funding: $78,000
Years Allocated: 2015-2016

COSTI Immigrant Services’ Women’s Life Skills Program helps newcomer and refugee women develop their life skills and communication and language abilities through various learning opportunities, such as English classes, business etiquette training and career preparation.
Current Funding: $54,000
Years Allocated: 2013-2016

Rexdale Women’s Centre’s Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Program provides employment services and counselling support to newcomer women, such as English classes, referrals to skills-training programs and foreign credentials certification.
Current Funding: $60,000
Years Allocated: 2014-2016

Working Women Community Centre’s HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Program is a home-based educational program for newcomer mothers living on a low income, helping them prepare their pre-school children to enter the Canadian school system. HIPPY also increases newcomer women’s employment prospects by training and hiring them as home visitors who work with isolated newcomer parents.
Current Funding: $60,000
Years Allocated: 2013-2016

Connecting women with in-demand skills, career training and employment opportunities

NEW! United Way Career Navigator—Construction Pathway is part of an innovative workforce-development approach that’s an essential component of United Way's larger, comprehensive Youth Success Strategy. Young women will acquire wrap-around supports and training as they earn the industry-recognized certification required to apprentice in various construction trades. Women will also gain qualification to apprentice with various municipal and provincial infrastructure projects.
Current Funding: $90,000
Year Allocated: 2016

NEW! Times Change Women’s Employment Service’s Career Connections is a career and mentorship program for women who are not eligible for Ontario Works. This successful program offers participants the opportunity to assess their skills, develop an action plan and connect to a mentor who offers short-term support—all vital as they search for work.
Current Funding: $70,000
Year Allocated: 2016

NEW! Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development’s Newcomer Women’s Catering Collective is an exciting social enterprise providing employment opportunities to newcomer women. Participants receive training, relevant work experience and food-handling certification—all required for securing sustainable employment in the food and hospitality industry.
Current Funding: $90,000
Year Allocated: 2016

NEW! North York Community House’s Learning Together to Build a Future is an employment-training program for newcomer women living on a low income that helps them enter the food and hospitality sector. Women receive wrap-around supports like career planning, counselling and mentorship while they gain the culinary skills, employment/self-entrepreneurship training and access to industry-relevant internships they need to succeed.
Current Funding: $95,000
Year Allocated: 2016

NEW! JobStart’s Immigrant and Refugee Women Integration Project’s electronic database tracks a wide variety of services—such as employment, settlement and healthcare—making it easy and efficient for refugee and immigrant women access all that’s available to them in their community. JobStart also offers these women an employment-readiness program that includes certification and internship opportunities in areas like customer and retail services, office administration, food handling and entrepreneurship.
Current Funding: $62,521
Year Allocated: 2016

Fred Victor The Women’s Bakery is a social enterprise, providing women facing multiple barriers—such as mental-health challenges, underdeveloped language skills and poverty—with culinary training and paid employment for six months.
Current Funding: $95,000
Years Allocated: 2015-2016

Somali Women and Children’s Support Network’s Haween Enterprises is a community-based sewing social enterprise that provides training and employment opportunities for newcomer women living on a low income, fostering their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
Current Funding: $50,000
Years Allocated: 2013–2016

Helping vulnerable women and single mothers achieve self-sustainability

Elizabeth Fry Society’s Back to Track/BEST Program offers educational training and job-search supports to women who are in conflict with the law, helping them secure employment and become economically self-sufficient.
Current Funding: $52,000
Years Allocated: 2014–2016

WoodGreen Community Services’ Homeward Bound Program supports single mothers to transition from living in a shelter to achieving economic self-sufficiency by providing various supports, including affordable housing, child care, counselling, job training, the opportunity to earn a diploma and a connection to paid employment.
Current Funding: $85,000
Years Allocated: 2010–2016