Centraide invests $42.9 million to fight poverty and exclusion in Greater Montreal



    Essential support for community agencies during this difficult period

    MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Centraide of Greater Montreal, an
essential actor in the fight against poverty and exclusion, will redistribute
$42,870,000 to 359 community agencies and projects in 2009-2010. These
community resources work every day to help and comfort over 500,000 vulnerable
people on the Island of Montreal, in Laval and in South Shore communities.
"All this money is the fruit of the generosity and loyalty of the donors and
volunteers involved in Centraide's 2008 campaign," said Michèle
Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater
Montreal. "It reflects their confidence in the know-how and experience of our
75 allocations committee volunteers, who spent over 2,000 hours studying the
agencies' grant applications so as to ensure that our social investments will
have the great possible impact."
    Centraide's allocations provide the community agencies with stability
while supporting them in the accomplishment of their mission. They also fund
the development of innovative projects to help families and youth in
difficulty, improve food security, counter school dropout and offer welcoming
and integration services to new arrivals.

    Forward-looking strategies for improving the quality of life of the
    community (some examples):

    Centraide invests over $15.4 million in 103 agencies that support
disadvantaged families and youth, especially by alleviating poverty among
children, a problem with consequences for the whole society. Children from
disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to show developmental retardation
when they begin school, and this greatly reduces their chances of academic
success.
    Young people in disadvantaged neighbourhoods are also more likely to drop
out of school. That's why Centraide allocates $1.7 million to 61 agencies and
projects that offer nutrition support in the schools, as well as homework
assistance, mentoring, coaching for parents and other activities that
stimulate and motivate young people while promoting academic perseverance. The
projects Pathways to Education in Verdun and 80 Ruelle de l'avenir in the
centre-south district are good examples.
    Centraide also invests $1.8 million in 31 neighbourhood round tables.
These are social development committees on which community agency and
institutional representatives, as well as key social actors, plan and
coordinate common projects to improve housing and income for needy families,
expand services and fight violence in their neighbourhoods. A shining example
is the Saint-Michel Urban and Social Revitalization Project, in which
Centraide is a major partner: the successful strategies developed by this
round table are now employed in Montreal-North and other Greater Montreal
neighbourhoods.

    Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by a
board of directors which is representative of the community. It serves the
Island of Montreal, Laval and communities on the South Shore, relying on a
network of over 73,000 volunteers. Some 160,000 donors contribute to
Centraide's annual campaign.

    The names of the volunteers on Centraide's Allocations Committee,
information on its allocations criteria, a list of all the agencies supported
by Centraide as well the amounts of their grants, and descriptions of some of
these agencies and projects are posted on our website at
www.centraide-mtl.org.




For further information:

For further information: Annick Gagnon, Public Relations Coordinator,
(514) 288-1261, ext. 242, gagnona@centraide-mtl.org


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