This article was originally posted at insidetoronto.com on November 26, 2015.
For more than 10 years, Vincent Gasparro has brought food and smiles to Toronto’s working poor.
In 2004, he founded Project Engagement (www.projectengagement.org), a not-for-profit that seeks to alleviate short-term poverty while looking for solutions for those who may be stuck in the cycle of poverty longer-term. The organization provides meals, toys for children and other goods to some of the city’s needy, with one initiative this year resulting in more than 40,000 kilograms of food being collected, organized and delivered across the GTA.
With experience in investment banking, Gasparro has been able to work out joint ventures with many of the region’s long-standing not-for-profits as well as Toronto police, EMS and Fire Services to ensure Project Engagement’s reach was wide. He also leverages his Bay St. experience to find supporters and donors for his not-for-profit organization.
The volunteer-run organization has grown immensely, increasing the number of families it serves from 40 in its first year to more than 400 in 2015.