Community

Above All Awnings is passionate about having a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. And we are proud to be partnering with United Way Greater Toronto to ensure our community is stronger and more resilient than ever before.

We are committed to donate 1% of our sales to United Way Greater Toronto, each year.

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After more than a year of living with COVID-19, the data is clear: everyone has been struggling through the pandemic, but not everyone has been struggling equally. The reality is that the COVID-19 crisis is not just a health pandemic—it is teetering on the edge of a poverty pandemic too.

  • People who are living on a low income represent a higher number of workers in industries that have experienced higher rates of COVID-19 infections.
  • In Toronto, low-income neighborhoods experienced higher numbers of COVID-19 cases per hundred thousand than other neighbourhoods.
  • Mental health is worsening for multiple populations, particularly Indigenous and racialized people, with youth representing the biggest declines in mental health in the country.
  • In Toronto, 76% of new clients began accessing food banks because of COVID-19 and 76% of food bank clients who were working prior to the pandemic reported job loss.
  • As of March 2021, there are 79,322 households on the waitlist for subsidized housing in Toronto, making the wait time for a one-bedroom unit 12 years or more.

While vaccines provide tremendous hope when it comes to stemming the tide of infections, addressing deepening poverty across the Greater Toronto Area – and the unignorable issues at its root – is not a quick fix.

While they couldn’t have foreseen the pandemic, the network that United Way Greater Toronto has built and their decades-long commitment to investing in the people and places facing the greatest barriers—informed by their research on poverty and inequality—means that when COVID-19 touched down in Peel, Toronto and York Region, they were ready. United Way was able to quickly flow much-needed emergency funds into community agencies so they could adapt and scale services quickly, impactfully and equitably.

Although our region is emerging from this pandemic, there is still more work to be done. The damage this crisis has done demands a united effort.

Since the beginning of this pandemic, United Way has been working in lockstep with local agency experts and residents who know their communities best to design solutions that prioritize the people and places that are being left behind.

United Way Greater Toronto has put out a call to their partners to support an equitable community recovery from the pandemic. And Above All Awnings is saying ‘yes’. We are proud to support United Way’s 2021 Community Recovery Campaign to ensure that:

  • Basic, fundamental needs are met. As we move through this pandemic, access to healthy, affordable food, a safe place to call home, a stable, good job, and mental health and wellbeing support are surfacing as critical needs. United Way will provide flexible funds to their community social service agencies so that they can continue to pivot, adapt and respond in real time to meet these urgent, fundamental needs in community.
  • Tackle local poverty, and the discrimination and inequity at its root, through United Way’s community coordination work across the region.
  • Support an equitable pandemic recovery by ensuring the strength and agility of United Way’s network of agencies so they can work together in new and innovative ways to address the intersectional issues being faced by our community’s most vulnerable.

Like United Way, Above All Awnings believes a successful recovery from this pandemic involves all us. We are passionate about having a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. And we are proud to be partnering with United Way Greater Toronto to ensure everyone in our community has their fundamental needs met and, even more importantly, to tear down the barriers—discrimination, racism, and system inequities—that hold us all back from reaching our community’s full potential.

Above All Awnings is committed to donating 1% of our sales to United Way Greater Toronto, each year.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history, and we can help to build a more prosperous and inclusive future for everyone as we emerge from this crisis.

To learn more about United Way Greater Toronto and how they are supporting community through the COVID crisis, visit www.unitedwaygt.org/covid19.