Lending a Hand to United Way
| Toronto Hydro employees are strong supporters of United Way Toronto. We executed another successful campaign in 2012, raising approximately $335,000 and surpassing our goal of $300,000. Since 2005, our employees and suppliers have generously donated approximately $1.7 million to United Way Toronto.
Celebrating Men’s Health with Movember
|| In 2012, Toronto Hydro employees showed their support for prostate cancer and men’s mental health by participating in the popular moustache campaign, Movember. More than 168 employees, friends and family members registered to raise funds for this important cause.
With individual fundraising efforts and the Brighter Days® Matching Program, we collectively raised more than $23,000 for Movember Canada.
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Supporting Breast Cancer Research
The fight against breast cancer is a cause close to many hearts and it certainly resonates among Toronto Hydro employees. Approximately 80 employees, friends and family participated in the 2012 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. In total we donated approximately $17,000 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, surpassing our 2011 contribution by 40 per cent.
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Toronto Hydro employee Aida and her family have participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure for the past four years. Watch her tell her story on why she participates and explains why collectively we can find a cure for breast cancer.
Assisting Low Income Families
The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program(LEAP) was created to help individuals and/or families who are struggling to pay their energy bills. In 2012, LEAP helped approximately 1,250 households with electricity bill payment.
Brighter Nights, Brighter Communities
Toronto Hydro co-hosted 17 Brighter NightsTM* community events in 2012 to help increase safety
and energy efficiency in neighbourhoods across the City. The program, formerly known as Light
the Night, is a joint effort with the City of Toronto’s Community Crisis Response Program, Toronto
Community Housing, Toronto Police Service and local volunteers.
Armed with energy efficient light bulbs, volunteers and agency representatives swept through
neighbourhoods from March through August to replace old incandescent bulbs. Residents were
informed about the benefits of leaving their outside lights on throughout the night. Compact
fluorescent light bulbs use about 75 per cent less electricity than standard bulbs and at off-peak
hours, cost about a penny a day to light the night.
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The objective of the Brighter Nights program is to brighten neighbourhoods in crisis and help make them safer, by installing compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and encouraging residents to leave them on overnight.
Check out a Brighter Nights event in the Chester Le community.
Supporting Employee Volunteerism
We believe that good corporate citizenship is achieved through an engaged workforce. At Toronto Hydro, we encourage our employees to give back to the community and support social causes they are passionate about. Our Brighter Days® Matching Program continued throughout 2012 and 186 employees participated. The program benefited a range of charitable causes including children’s sports and various non-profit health associations. The Corporation matched individual employee donations made to registered charitable organizations up to a maximum of $200 annually.