The UHN Impact Collective (UIC) is a group of next-generation leaders who share a passion for community building and advancing the future of health care. Members have volunteered to share their time, talents and networks to raise awareness and financial support for the highest priorities of Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals.
The UIC is made up of professionals with a wide range of expertise that has proven to be a valuable asset to fundraising initiatives for Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TGWHF). In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UIC has stepped up to make lives better, helping both the frontline workers and the hospitals in the fight against this healthcare crisis.
These volunteers have come up with their own creative ways to meet the needs of Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, raising awareness and donating their time and money to support UHN.
The global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) has jeopardized the safety of frontline healthcare workers. UIC members have used their networks to source and donate PPE to UHN, helping to ensure frontline staff can safely care for patients while protecting the health and well-being of the workers and their families.
The UIC has also created partnerships with local businesses to support UHN. Canadian retailer Nobis has donated $100K to local hospitals while also committing to donating 100 per cent of their online sales to Canadian hospitals for a two-week period. To make a purchase in support of UHN, visit Nobis.com by April 30, 2020.
“I believe strongly in giving back and lending your expertise to organizations that are making the world a better place,” says Jack Harding, successful Toronto entrepreneur and inaugural UIC member. “When the chance to support one of the best hospitals in the world came up, I knew I wanted to help inform Canadians about the excellence in our own backyard.”
UIC members have raised thousands of dollars to date through personal fundraising pages, celebrating birthdays and other milestones, and have shared important messages with their networks through social media, helping to raise urgent funds and increase awareness about the needs of Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals during this crucial time.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, TGWHF is grateful for the ongoing support and commitment of the UIC. Especially now, when their efforts have helped to protect frontline workers, fuel vital research and enhance patient care that will save more lives. The UIC and all volunteers working with UHN are essential to their mission to build a healthier world.