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Women Gaining Ground Program Investments

Investments

In 2015, 285 Women Gaining Ground members and associates came together and raised an unprecedented $1,370,000. 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. Grounded in United Way’s researched-based, strategic expertise, Women Gaining Ground members were able to collectively select the following best-in-class programs to invest in this year:

Educational supports for women facing multiple barriers

NEW! 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: $100,000
Years Allocated: 2015

NEW! 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 continue with their education or gain employment.
Current Funding: $68,000
Years Allocated: 2015

NEW! 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 use in the workplace or to start their own small enterprise.
Current Funding: $90,000
Years Allocated: 2015

NEW! United Way Toronto & York Region’s netWORKS is a youth-based initiative that connects young women facing multiple barriers with mentors and networking opportunities.
Current Funding: $100,000
Years Allocated: 2015

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

NEW! 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

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: 2013-2015

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: $85,000
Years Allocated: 2014-2015

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: $85,000
Years Allocated: 2013-2015

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

NEW! Fred Victor’s Friends Catering Company, 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: $82,000
Years Allocated: 2015

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: 2013–2015

Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke’s Women and Microenterpise Program provides training and workshops focusing on business-plan development, customer service and marketing, helping women build the skills required to start a small business.
Current Funding: $60,000
Years Allocated: 2014–2015

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: 2014–2015

The Redwood’s Women on the Move Program provides women fleeing violence with support and training, focused on building their self-confidence and self-sustainability through employment.
Current Funding: $43,000
Years Allocated: 2014–2015

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: 2010–2015

YWCA Toronto’s Teen Mothers Program provides young mothers with professional counselling, boosting their parenting and life skills, as well as financial-literacy training and employment-readiness courses, helping them identify their strengths as they prepare to enter the workforce.
Current Funding: $85,000
Years Allocated: 2013–2015