It’s in the TEGH DNA to Give

By Wolf Klassen, Vice President, Program Support
As I stepped off the elevator to WoodGreen Community Services, I heard the faint strains of old waltz tunes and laughter. It got louder and louder as I approached the community room.
Opening the door, I was greeted by over a dozen seniors. They were all smiles – having a hoot line dancing!
It’s just your typical Tuesday at WoodGreen Community Services.
The group meets weekly as part of the Community Care East York Seniors Centre. The Centre’s seniors program not only keeps participants active, but also socially engaged. Woodgreen is just one example of the services supported through the United Way that helps to keep our community healthy.
This year, after roughly a 10-year hiatus, we’re re-launching a United Way campaign at Toronto East General Hospital. The goal of our campaign is to increase awareness about the United Way and raise funds to support their work.
From October 21 to November 13 you will have the opportunity to participate in events to support the campaign. We’ve chosen to focus our fundraising efforts on “Building Healthy Communities.” This means that money raised will support vital social programs that improve people’s lives and strengthen our communities most in need of support.
Here are some dates to put in your calendars today…and dig for those Toonies now!

  • October 21 – $2 “Tooney” Pancake Breakfast in Café on Four – 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. (official launch at 9:15 a.m.)
  • October 30 – Haunted House – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the “mock rooms” on Café on Four
  • November 13 – Closing Ceremonies – 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Coxwell Lobby

Throughout the campaign, you can send a colleague a “cookie-gram” and purchase a lollipop for your chance to win one of a number of exciting prizes, including dinners and hotel stays!
You may also choose to make a one-time donation to the United Way or sign up for a pledge (regular payroll donations) online.
We give ourselves to care for patients, families and one another each and every day. It is in the nature of the work that we do.
It’s in our TEGH DNA to give.
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