United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is proud to be the host agency for the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination (PTF).
The PTF works collaboratively, informed by diverse voices of experience, to take local action and advocate for system and policy change to address the root causes of poverty.
COVID-19 demonstrated the cracks in social service systems and disproportionately impacted those living in poverty. The community is challenging the social services sector to create a “new normal” and address systemic issues, rather than provide band-aid solutions. The recommended approaches to end poverty by the PTF is based on research and credible collective strategies and is a natural fit within our Community Impact Strategy.
As a registered charity, the United Way has adopted and is hosting the PTF, its work, and activities as its own project, using a Shared Platform structure. United Way provides administrative support including office space, financial management, and human resources. The work of the PTF is overseen by a Steering Committee of community stakeholders.
United Way and the PTF are proud to be creating synergies with their work by collaborating on key community projects including the Poverty To Possibility Collective Impact Project and Guelph-Wellington’s goal to end homelessness.