April 1, 2019 – HALTON, ONTARIO – The Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) and United Way Halton & Hamilton (UWHH) have unified organizations under one umbrella that will deliver greater impact to local communities with a goal of eliminating poverty.
As a result of this alignment, as of April 1, 2019, a unification of the two organizations will be formalized, as it is a natural fit and an opportunity to collaborate and produce a greater community effect.
Both United Way and the Halton Poverty Roundtable have been longstanding community partners. The Board of Directors of the two organizations collectively agreed there is significant alignment between the joint mission and mandate, appreciating that working together is the best steps moving forward to combat poverty in Halton Region.
“The unification of these organizations will produce a single, more efficient, effective and sustainable organization,” said June Cockwell, Past Chair of the Halton Poverty Roundtable. “The new co-branded Halton Poverty Roundtable and United Way Halton & Hamilton will retain core values of Connect, Educate and Act, while accessing the benefits of a stronger unified brand. Together, we will have a bigger platform to expand our ability to continue our trajectory, employ additional resources and increase impact to expose realities of poverty. It will also allow for a broader strategy in programming and enhanced knowledge translation.”
HPRT and the committees will continue to strategize with the intention of expansion over the next few years. They will continue to provide information sharing about poverty in the region, while advocating positive changes to both provincial and federal governmental policies linked to poverty through quantitative research of trends, statistics and emerging local issues.
“We are looking forward to working more collaboratively to expose the reality of poverty in Halton and continue to mobilize people to take action,” said Brad Park, CEO & President United Way Halton & Hamilton. “The Halton Poverty Roundtable under the umbrella of United Way Halton & Hamilton will continue with its work and together we will be unified to focus and deliver a greater impact in the elimination of poverty.”
About the Halton Poverty Roundtable
The Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) is a local non-profit and registered charity; a leader in connecting, educating and acting on issues related to poverty in Halton. For the past 9 years, HPRT has been dedicated to shifting the conversation in Halton towards acknowledgment that poverty exists in our community, increasing education and awareness of poverty and then creating opportunity for community action.
About United Way
Outside of government, United Way is the largest funder of social service programs and initiatives in the country. United Way works to identify the root causes of key local issues, develop strategies to address them, bring together the appropriate resources to get the job done, and measure the results. United Way seeks to enhance community life and build stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities by connecting community needs to community resources.