Toronto – The Teamsters Canada Foundation donated $10,000 to the Holland Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital earlier this summer.
Each year, the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital provides hospital care, outpatient clinics, an integrated kindergarten school program, assistive technology services, and outreach activities to about 7,000 children and teens with disabilities and to their families.
The pandemic has been challenging for families with children with disabilities. Many have been forced into strict isolation because their children are high-risk, and unfortunately this means they are not accessing the supports they need. Holland Bloorview has responded admirably with a range of measures, from increasing emergency funding to them with our Family Support Fund, to offering virtual programming and appointments.
“This pandemic is an opportunity to go above and beyond and to lend a hand to those in need,” explained the president of Teamsters Ontario Joint Council 52 and Local Union 938, Craig McInnes. “Holland Bloorview is one of the institutions we believe that could support the most families with the greatest needs.”
Teamsters encourage members to donate to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
The Teamsters Canada Foundation has donated $300,000 to several charities across the country.
“Canadians are showing remarkable solidarity and generosity,” said François Laporte, chairman of the Teamsters Canada Foundation and president of Teamsters Canada. “We have a duty to act when we can help our fellow citizens, and that’s what we’re doing alongside all our partners across Canada.”
Funds raised by the Teamsters Canada Foundation through its charitable activities come from private donations, not from the dues of Teamster members. The Canada Revenue Agency also requires that foundations donate funds directly to charitable organizations rather than individuals.
The mission of the Teamsters Canada Foundation is to help the most vulnerable of our society through charities present in Canadian communities. The Foundation also supports workers who want to improve their lives by retraining or by taking courses to change or advance their career.