Report to the Community from the CEO
WoodGreen is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto. WoodGreen now has 75 programs operating out of 36 locations across the city and serves 37,000 people each year.
Anne Babcock is WoodGreen's President and CEO.
We are a founding United Way of Toronto Member and our programs span the spectrum of social services – from childcare to affordable housing, from employment supports to seniors services, mental health and developmental services.
WoodGreen’s innovative programs are helping to break the cycle of poverty, building strong communities and supporting independence by creating opportunities for our clients.
Earlier this year, our Board and senior staff spent a great deal of time working together to develop a new Strategic Plan that will guide the organization through the next 5 years.
The new Strategic Plan is the roadmap we will use to further evolve WoodGreen into a client-centric agency and a continued leader in social innovation, using our expertise to influence and develop public policy.
The five main objectives of the new Strategic Plan are:
1. Driving Social Innovation
2. Influencing Public Policy
3. Putting Clients at the Core
4. Building a High Performance Organization
5. Increasing Capacity
To support this work, I launched a new internal unit called Innovation Development in April.
Staff in this group lead WoodGreen’s incredible work on new collective impact solutions like developing a new approach for crown wards Aging Out of Care, and replicating Homeward Bound in other communities across Ontario.
In addition to the Homeward Bound replication work, WoodGreen, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and Friendship Centres in Timmins, Niagara, Dryden, Hamilton and London are continuing to move forward with developing an adapted Urban Aboriginal Homeward Bound program model.
To further WoodGreen’s vision of a city where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, we have championed the elimination of poverty at the municipal and provincial levels, co-authored reports on employment precarity, and been the provincial community partner for the development of a framework for community hubs by the Ontario Government.
WoodGreen also offers a Financial Wellness Program that involves over 200 volunteers giving their time to programs like WoodGreen’s amazing free income tax clinic. This year, the Income tax clinic returned over $3.5 million dollars back to low income individuals and families through tax refunds and credits.
WoodGreen’s staff and volunteers have been working very hard to deliver our incredible programs to some of Toronto’s most vulnerable people even in the face of funding constraints. Our team is always working on ways to do more work with less resources, because as the funding continues to shrink, the need continues to grow.