Real People, Real Possibility: Andrew and Stephen Jaikaran

Andrew and Stephen

Every year, we meet a lot of amazing people and hear a lot of incredible stories…stories of heartbreak and of hardship. But thanks to your generosity, we also hear stories of recovery, to not just survive but to thrive. Stephen and Andrew Jaikaran are no exception. We are so thrilled to have them share their story with you.

Andrew was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age two. A year and a half later his parents were informed there was a 50 percent chance he would never speak and due to his disability he may never live independently. Now 22 years old, Andrew has a job, his G1 driver’s license, and plans to attend Fleming College.

“It is important to have good friends, independence, a strong voice, and to be at peace with yourself and the world,” he explains. “I’m looking forward to getting my G2 license and will ride the city buses until then.”

Stephen talked to us about his struggle to raise a special-needs son made easier through United Way funded programs. “You have helped a person, a family, a community” he said. “I don’t know how to thank you, but I’m glad I got the chance to say it.”

Watch Andrew and Stephen’s presentation at our 2015 Campaign Launch here.

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Real People, Real Possibility: Daniel and Margaret

Daniel and Margaret

Your help means Daniel and Margaret continue to have their independence.

Daniel and Margaret have been married for more than 65 years. As the years have gone by and they are no longer driving, they’ve lost a vital source of independence. With your help, the couple has been able to access many services over the years ensuring snow removal, nutritious meals and essential transportation.

“Being able to access safe transportation is imperative for Margaret’s regular dialysis treatments. It’s different than just calling a taxi. The service is tailored to our needs and the drivers are devoted to making sure Margaret is safe, comfortable and at ease,” says Daniel. “Some people may not be aware of all United Way does in our community,” he explains. “The amount of staff and volunteers required and the funding it takes to keep the programs going. We are so grateful.”

The Golden Years are not so golden for some seniors

By 2050 it’s estimated over 1 in 5 people around the world will be 60 years of age or older. Here at home in Peterborough, approximately 20% of our population is already over the age of 65 with expectations for it to double by 2031. Ensuring we have enough of the right kinds of supports and housing in place to help seniors is a top priority for your United Way. We will continue to support seniors staying in their own homes longer, maintaining their independence and staying connected to their community.

Our research and partnerships ensure your donation goes where it is needed most and where it will have the greatest impact.

Together, we are possibility.

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Our Community Needs Your Help!

Quick Impact

This year’s campaign is seeing an unprecedented shortfall in the money raised for investment in our community and UWP is seriously concerned about the people who will require the services of partner agencies. With only weeks left in the campaign, an all-out effort is required so this trend doesn’t result in vulnerable people in our community being impacted.

Please donate online, or call 705-742-8839 to give by Visa or MasterCard. Visit the United Way office at 277 Stewart Street to make a donation in person.

Let’s not risk deeper isolation for a senior, a homeless youth spending another night on the street or a deepening isolation for someone suffering from a mental health or addictions issue. Together, we are possibility.

Your donation to United Way is an investment in the future of this community.

 

Media Coverage

Peterborough United Way campaign in ‘dire’ need of support, Peterborough This Week – December 10, 2015

United Way Of Peterborough Issues Urgent Call For Help To Community, PTBO Canada – December 10, 2015

United Way campaign has $500K shortfall, The Peterborough Examiner – December 10, 2015

 

Investment in Food for Kids

F4K Lance PTW

Credit: Lance Anderson, Peterborough This Week

United Way Peterborough & District’s (UWP) commitment to this community’s children and youth continues as CEO, Jim Russell announced a $10,000 investment in the local Food For Kids, School Food Box Program.

“Thanks to donors and community partners, this is a tangible example of United Way’s investment in children and youth. In fact, United Way is directing over $700,000 this year to programs supporting children and youth in our community. We believe by working with schools, government, business, agencies and individuals, we are building a system of supports to help our young people reach their full potential. When youth have positive support networks, they are better able to develop skills, independence and confidence, and pursue long-term goals,” says Jim Russell, UWP CEO.

In addition to the investment in Food For Kids, children and youth are supported by a number of investments through United Way’s network of funded partner agencies; Big Brothers Big Sisters, YES Shelter for Youth & Families, Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough, Peterborough Family Resource Centre, John Howard Society, Peterborough Youth Shelter, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Peterborough Aids Resource Network, Peterborough Native Learning Centre, and Trent Valley Literacy Association. UWP also ensures programming for children and youth through their Back Packs for Kids and Coats for Kids programs.

For more information on United Way’s work in the community visit Who We Are.

 

Media Coverage

United Way funds food box program, The Peterborough Examiner – December 1, 2015

United Way invests in Food for Kids, Peterborough This Week – December 1, 2015

UNITED WAY PUTTING $10,000 TOWARD FEEDING LOCAL KIDS, Extra Peterborough – December 2, 2015