Sault Ste. Marie Ontario

United Way of Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

About My City: Sault Ste. Marie

Population of approximately 75,000

About My Organization: United Way of Sault Ste. Marie

Our mission statement: "To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action." United Way of Sault Ste Marie & district (UWSSM) - through community engagement identified four priority issues; health, employment, poverty, and youth concerns. Working with the non profit and volunteer sector, UWSSM facilitates solutions to these issues, resulting in community impact. UWSSM continues to fund these community priorities through three focus areas: Healthy people, strong communities; From poverty to possibility; and All that kids can be. These three focus areas affect many individuals around us and their need for support continues to grow. Everyday people that are experiencing tough times benefit the most from our services and we have all had tough times at one time or another, we may have just been more fortunate in our lives not to need these services. We fund 48 programs and services offered through 21 member agencies and other community partners. Change starts here.

My Collaborative:

The Sault Ste. Marie Poverty Round Table was initiated in January 2015 to develop a plan to reduce the impact of low income on the health and well-being of individuals and families in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. The Round Table was originally managed by three Co-chairs; Dr. Gayle Broad (Algoma University NORDIK Institute), Jennifer Miller (Algoma Public Health) and Gary Vipond (United Way Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District). The Round Table consists of representatives from Municipal and Regional Government, Post Secondary Institutions, local School Boards, Social Service Organizations, Health Care providers, Police Services, Fire Services and a number of individual community members. A draft plan which identified five priority areas (Food Security, Essential Services, Community Engagement / Communication, Housing and Workforce Entry) was completed April 2016 and was approved by Sault Ste. Marie City Council in August 2016.