$40.5 million invested in Greater Montreal to combat poverty and exclusion

    MONTREAL, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Centraide of Greater Montreal announced
today that it will be able to invest more funds than ever before to combat
poverty and exclusion in our community, thanks to the tremendous generosity of
the some 175,000 donors who contributed to its 2006 campaign. Centraide will
allocate $40,532,840 to 356 community agencies and projects in the Greater
Montreal area in 2007-2008.

    These funds will be invested as follows:

    - 352 agencies and projects already supported by Centraide in Greater
      Montreal will receive continuing funding of $38.7 million.
    - 79 of these agencies and projects will receive supplementary funding
      of $1.5 million.
    - 4 new agencies and projects will be welcomed to Centraide's network and
      granted a total of $0.3 million to meet specific needs in certain
      neighbourhoods. These resources include two family centres, Escale
      famille Le Triolet in Mercier West and Maison de la famille Coeur-à-
      Rivière in Rivière-des-Prairies; one youth agency, Sainte-Anne-de-
      Bellevue and Sainte-Geneviève Youth Action on the West-Island; and one
      agency dedicated to serving Montreal's Haitian community, the Bureau de
      la communauté haitienne de Montréal.

    Centraide of Greater Montreal's social investments will support agencies
that concentrate especially on helping youth and families, persons with
disabilities, new arrivals and seniors.
    Centraide's investment decisions were made by the Board of Directors on
the basis of the recommendations of 7 allocations committees. These committees
comprise a total of 75 volunteers who evaluate the agencies and projects
according to rigorous criteria and conduct regular on-site visits to ensure
they are meeting real needs in their neighbourhoods, offering lasting
solutions and practising sound financial management.

    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 72,000 volunteers. There are 18 autonomous Centraides in
Quebec, each managed by an independent board of directors which is
representative of the community it serves.

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

For further information:

For further information: Annick Gagnon, Centraide of Greater Montreal,
(514) 288-1261 ext. 242, gagnona@centraide-mtl.org

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