WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Transform their future Give the youth in your community access to career guidance so they can have a safer and brighter future. The Work Access for Youth Poverty, a lack of opportunities, and barriers like mental health and food insecurity are holding many youth back in our community. Some are even at risk of being drawn into gangs and violence. The Work Access for Youth is a workforce development centre that aims to break this cycle by helping youth find their way to a career of their choosing. DONATE TODAY TNO makes a difference TNO in 2019-2020 130+ youth found meaningful employment, training, and placements 120 youth have begun their careers since the onset of COVID-19 in April 62 youth have been connected to further training and pre-apprenticeship programs since the onset of COVID-19 in April TNO makes a direct impact I volunteered as a youth with TNO’s ice hockey programs. I was the only one in the area that knew how to skate, so I helped. As I grew up, I got involved in things I should have stayed away from. And when I hit rock bottom and couldn’t see a way out, I reached out to TNO for help. I now have a full-time job that I love, and I have no criminal record. TNO provided me with a path to redeem myself and I will make the most of this opportunity. TNO helped me get my first full time job right here. This mentorship program they have is amazing for kids like my siblings in this area, to like come inside, maybe have a movie night, or like, play basketball with their friends, you know—hockey, whatever it is. They are so open. Even homework club. Like I needed help with my homework. I wish I went to TNO earlier so I could get help for homework. They [TNO] didn’t care about what your past was. They were out to help us. They even helped me with my resume and my writing skills, that helped me land my job through Hammer Heads for a sprinkler union. So I really appreciate TNO. Ways to contribute Your Support goes a long way Financial contribution Volunteer Your contribution means we can create a workforce development centre where youth are supported by a career coach who will help them identify career goals, develop new skills, and connect them to resources that’ll help them grow. Whether it be a one-time gift or a monthly donation, every contribution counts. We’re always looking for volunteers and potential employers. Volunteering with us could mean you will be building, contacting clients with employment opportunities, flyering in the community, or re-checking our tool inventory. Employers in need of a labour force are welcome to contact us as well, as we can always find good talent to help you with your business needs. OUR STORY The Neighbourhood Organization The Neighbourhood Organization (TNO) is a community-based, non-profit charity that supports and uplifts low-income, marginalized and newcomer communities across Toronto.Your generous donations help us provide programs, services and activities that empower the vibrant and diverse individuals of your neighbouring communities. Ready to make a difference in your community? How will my donation help TNO? Your gift will assist individuals with integrating into Canadian society and labour markets. It will help a newcomer adjust to Canadian culture and lifestyle, give a teenager self-confidence and leadership skills, and may even help a young woman and her children escape domestic violence. How long it will take to get a tax receipt and thank you letter? The tax receipt and the thank-you letter are issued within 24-48 hours of your donation. Can I donate to TNO by cheque? You can donate by sending a cheque to our mailing address: TNO – THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ORGANIZATION18 Thorncliffe Park DriveToronto, Ontario M4H 1N7 Will you accept non cash gifts (can I drop off household items/clothes)? No. This is difficult as CRA expects the charities to follow strict guidelines in issuing Tax Receipts for Non-Cash gifts. Do you have drop-off boxes? No, TNO does not have drop-off boxes. How much are TNO’s administrative costs? TNO's administrative costs are 4%-5%. Do you have a reserve fund for your programs? No, we do not have a reserve fund for the programs. We have a reserve fund for TNO to be used for any eventualities. Who oversees TNO? TNO is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. How do you decide who qualifies for your programs? We strive to ensure our programs reach those most in need and we have different criteria to assess eligibility for each program. Are the programs you offer also government funded? TNO has a variety of funders, and most of our programs are funded by the government or specific foundations.There are, however, many initiatives and activities for which such funding is not readily available. These initiatives and programs are supported through fundraising and donations. If programs are government funded, why do you need additional funds? There are many initiatives and activities for which government funding is not readily available. These initiatives and programs are supported through fundraising and donations. We also need additional funds to support our core infrastructure and to enhance its capacity to cater to the growing needs of our community. Can I limit my donation to a specific program? Yes, you can direct your donation to a specific program.