MONTREAL, June 17, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - This year Centraide is allocating
$43,856,000 that will benefit 362 agencies and projects in the Greater Montreal area. These agencies offer services and support to one person in seven in Montreal, Laval and on the South Shore: persons in situations of
vulnerability as well families, children and excluded individuals who
depend on the agencies in Centraide's network for help in improving
their living conditions and developing their full potential.
"These funds were raised in 2013 from donors who want to help build a
more just society," said Lili-Anna Pereša, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal.
"Centraide has the privilege of being the vehicle for their generosity
as well as their social investor. To make a difference, we have to act
at several levels. That's why we support a vast network of agencies
that promote food security for families, prevent school dropout, bring
seniors out of their isolation, welcome and guide immigrants in their
efforts to integrate, and support people with disabilities or mental
health problems who are striving to carve out a place for themselves in
Here are some examples of Centraide's social investments to meet the
needs of the people of Greater Montreal:
Many families are having trouble making ends meet and feeding themselves
properly because of a lack of means. Centraide will invest $4.2 million to support 34 agencies in Greater Montreal that promote food security. This investment will be
used to offer front-line assistance, but especially alternatives to
build nutritional independence, including collective kitchens,
collective gardens, food buying groups, community grocery stores and
The dropout rate exceeds 50% in some neighbourhoods. Centraide will
invest $2.3 million in 27 agencies that promote the academic development of young people and children in
order to break the cycle of poverty. The interventions made possible by
this financial support include early childhood development,
kindergarten preparation, mentoring for primary school students,
homework assistance, back-to-school preparation and parental support.
Inclusion of seniors:
In some Montreal neighbourhoods over 50% of seniors live alone, often in
poverty. Centraide will invest $2 million in 21 agencies that serve as places of mutual aid and belonging to bring seniors out of their isolation. It will also fund
several initiatives that promote the integration of marginalized and
excluded individuals by supporting homeless youth and people with
disabilities or mental health problems, and facilitating the inclusion
A housing shortage in several neighbourhoods makes living conditions
difficult for thousands of people. Centraide will grant $1.5 million to 16 agencies that offer housing assistance and legal information programs, as well as
referral to budget planning workshops and other complementary programs.
VOLUNTEERS AT THE HEART OF THE DECISION-MAKING
Centraide's allocations process is based on the rigorous expertise and
commitment of 47 allocations committee volunteers, who ensure that funds are carefully redistributed for the greatest
possible long-term impact. Their decisions are informed by Centraide's
territorial profiles: analysis tools that allow a better understanding
of social issues and help to identify the most promising investment
DANIELLE LABERGE AT THE HELM OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Responsibility for setting allocations priorities, approving grants to
agencies, establishing major guidelines and ensuring good governance
rests with the 30 volunteers on Centraide's Board of Directors.
At its annual general meeting yesterday evening, Centraide announced the
appointment of Danielle Laberge, Professor of Management and Technology at UQAM, as Chair of the Board.
She succeeds James C. Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal. Three
other new directors were appointed as well: Jacques Archambault, Director of Culture, Recreation and Community Life for the City of
Longueuil; Pierre Brochet, Chief of the Laval Police Department; and Mark Pathy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fednav International Ltd.
Eighty-five cents of every dollar donated to Centraide is invested back
into society in the form of allocations to agencies, projects and
services to the community.
Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by
a board of directors that is representative of the community. It serves
the Island of Montreal, Laval and a part of the South Shore. Centraide
supports 362 community agencies and projects that help half a million
vulnerable people. Some 57,000 volunteers are involved in
Centraide-supported agencies, and another 23,000 help to organize its
annual campaign. Centraide is supported by some 1,500 companies,
institutions, and public and parapublic organizations as well as by
large trade unions. To learn more: www.centraide-mtl.org.
SOURCE: Centraide of Greater Montreal
For further information:
Annick Gagnon, Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 514 288-1261, extension 242, firstname.lastname@example.org
To see Centraide's territorial profiles: