The City of Lorraine donated $3,062 to Centraide Laurentides, at the end of its annual campaign, last December. This significant amount will allow several organizations overseen by Centraide to offer respite to people in the region, whether by offering them food aid, listening or psychological support.
The activities organized for municipal employees were varied again this year, including a picnic, the sale of home-prepared meals, the wearing of jeans on Thursdays at a cost of $2, the sale of the internal newspaper as well as a donation of $1 donated by the City for every 15 minutes that employees walked during their lunch hour, an initiative that raised $173 (2,595 minutes of walking), while encouraging physical activity among staff members. The sale of used books, which resumed service this fall after a year of forced hiatus, raised $571. Finally, several employees and elected officials contributed by committing to having an amount deducted from their pay throughout the year or by making a donation in a single payment.
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Thanks to donations, Centraide Laurentides has the means to ensure the active participation of everyone in the community, regardless of age, gender, origin or disability. Its network of more than 50 community organizations spread across the Laurentians territory allows it to act in order to create stronger and more united communities. The organization is helping to break the cycle of poverty and social isolation. In 2021, Centraide Laurentides invested $1,571,121 in the community. Their investments were used, among other things, to support 53 community organizations ($1,509,000), fund actions in response to the housing crisis ($47,514), paint a portrait of the situation of homelessness in Laurentides ($8,000) and to finance the 211 Social Reference Centers throughout the territory ($6,607).