Centraide invests $42,992,723 to support the most vulnerable people in Greater Montreal

    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Centraide of Greater Montreal will
redistribute $42,992,723 to 360 community agencies and projects in 2008-2009
thanks to the generosity of the 175,000 donors who contributed to its last
campaign. This considerable financial support will make it possible to help
over 500,000 people in distress in the greater metropolitan area.
    Centraide makes its allocations following a rigorous analysis of needs
and resources in the neighbourhoods. Its decisions are based on the
recommendations of 75 volunteers, who study the agencies' grant applications
by visiting the agencies and evaluating their effectiveness, their financial
management, their use of volunteers and their collaboration with other social
actors. These allocations volunteers contribute a total of 1,800 hours, or the
equivalent of 51 working weeks.

    This year's social investment will be allocated as follows:

    - 354 agencies and projects already supported by Centraide will receive
    $40.4 million.
    - 104 of these agencies and projects will receive supplementary funding
    of $2.3 million to meet new social needs.
    - 6 new agencies and projects will be welcomed to Centraide's network and
    granted a total of $0.3 million.

    The agencies supported by Centraide help families, youth, children and
seniors in distress, men and women who are marginalized, isolated or disabled,
and new arrivals.

    Supplementary allocations

    Examples of the supplementary allocations Centraide will make this year
include an additional $350,000 to nine agencies in its network that promote
academic perseverance and success among primary and high school students.
Centraide will also grant an extra $748,000 to 35 agencies that help
disadvantaged young families and promote the development of their children.

    New agencies welcomed

    Thanks to the success of its last campaign, Centraide is able to begin
funding to two family centres (Maison de la famille LeMoyne in Longueuil and
Pause-Famille in Ahuntsic), one youth agency in Saint-Laurent (Centre
d'initiatives pour le développement communautaire L'Unité), one mental health
agency in Saint-Hubert (Au second lieu) and two community projects dedicated
to fostering the wellbeing of young children (1,2,3 GO! Mercier-Est and 1,2,3
GO! du secteur Est de Pierrefonds-Roxboro).

    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. There are 18 autonomous Centraides in

    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 a description of all the
agencies and projects welcomed this year are posted on our website at

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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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