Coats for Kids and Grown-Ups Too


Coatsforkidsposter Collection 2017

United Way of Peterborough & District’s Coats for Kids and Grown-Ups Too program strives to ensure that children and their families will be warm during the winter by providing clean, gently-used winter wear to children, youth, and adults in Peterborough City and County.


This program provides much needed relief to local families as one in six children in Peterborough lives in poverty. Families continue to deal with sharply rising costs of living and simply don’t have the means to purchase clothing to stay warm during the harsh winter months.


Coats for Kids is possible due to the generous support of Peterborough residents, community organizations, and program partners. Since 1986, individuals and families have donated gently worn winter wear which is then cleaned at no cost to the program by local dry cleaning providers. Grainger Cleaners, Kent Cleaners, Lakefield Cleaners, and Windsor’s Dry Cleaning Centre have been active and committed program partners since the program began 29 years ago.


This year, winter coat collection will take place Monday, May 8 to Saturday, May 13, at the following locations:

Kent Cleaners – 183 Lansdowne St E

Grainger Cleaners – 885 Lansdowne Street W

LakefieldCleaners – Moody Plaza, Lakefield

Windsor’s Cleaners – Parkhill Plaza, Monaghan Rd

Windsor’s Cleaners – Kawartha Hts Plaza,1600 Lansdowne St

Windsor’s Cleaners – Riverview Plaza, Water St & Marina Blvd


Other community partners such as Global Point Logistics and McWilliams Moving & Storage have ensured that cleaned coats can be stored.


United Way Peterborough & District invests in a network of essential services to help children and families in need, seniors, and individuals struggling with life’s challenges. The Coats for Kids program is just one of many ways United Way works to create opportunities for a better life for everyone.


Click here for a printable flyer to share!

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For more information contact:

Lisa Smith

Director, Philanthropic Impact

United Way Peterborough & District

(705) 742-8839 ext 29

2017 Campaign Chair Announcement

2017 Campaign Chair Announcement

2017 Campaign Chair Announcement

Jim Russell, CEO United Way Peterborough & District announced today at the United Way office on Stewart Street that local social media maverick and entrepreneur, Neil Morton would Chair the 2017 Community Campaign.

Russell made the announcement saying, “Neil’s leadership style, social media expertise, deep roots in the community, and entrepreneurial spirit are widely known and highly valued.”

Neil is the son of David Morton former head of Quaker in Peterborough. Having moved to Peterborough at a young age, Neil developed a profound love for the community. He attended Adam Scott and graduated from Trent with an honours degree in history and English.

He moved to Toronto to study journalism at Ryerson University and for 18 years worked as Magazine/Digital editor for multiple publishing companies before returning to Peterborough with his family, as part of a lifestyle choice.

Mr. Morton is Co-Founder of the digital media company and Co-Founder of the boutique social advertising agency He sits on the board of the Peterborough Chamber, is an expert-in-residence on social media/branding at the Innovation Cluster, and is a Founding Member of the grassroots entrepreneurial organization Startup Peterborough (local chapter of Startup Canada). Morton does regular public speaking on branding, social media, marketing and positivity.  Morton resides in Peterborough with his wife, Christi, and teenage daughters, Avery & Chloe. He loves Peterborough & plaid.

“The Campaign will launch this year on Sept 19th, and I am in the midst of putting the final touches on this year’s Campaign Cabinet. In fact I am happy to announce this morning that Robert Gauvreau has agreed to be vice chair for the campaign. I will be looking to round out the team with eager, Peterborough loving champions!”


For more information, please contact;

Jim Russell, CEO

United Way Peterborough & District

T: 705-742-8839


Faith Dickinson, “Cuddles for Cancer” is 2017 Scholfield Award Recipient!

2017 Scholfield Award Recipient, Faith Dickinson of Cuddles for Cancer with Jim Russell, United Way CEO, Erica Richmond United Way Development Officer, David Fell United Way Board Chair

2017 Scholfield Award Recipient, Faith Dickinson of Cuddles for Cancer with Jim Russell, United Way CEO, Erica Richmond United Way Development Officer, David Fell United Way Board Chair

United Way of Peterborough and District today announced the 2017 recipient of the Scholfield Award of Community Distinction. The annual award was established to recognize an individual or organization for their outstanding contribution and ability to mobilize change within the community.

The 2017 recipient was 15 year old Faith Dickinson, creator of “Cuddles for Cancer.” In the 4 years since its inception Faith has hand made over 3000 cuddle blankets to help stave off the cold that children who are going through treatment experience. Because, in her own words, “everyone deserves a cuddle!”

Faith has also developed a signature Soldier blanket for men and women serving overseas or returning from service with PTSD. Her blankets are a global phenomenon having comforted Soldiers in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Poland, Iraq, and Ukraine. A reminder to those brave men and women of the respect and love that exists for them back home.

As if these weren’t enough, she partners with other local and international organizations, such as PRHC, Free the Children, the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, Local Legions, Kawartha Foodshare, to give a message of hope and inspiration stating, “You are never too young to make a difference.”

United Way Board Chair David Fell presented Faith the award on behalf of the organization, noting, that it is the first time the award had been presented to someone so young, “Faith is an example to all of us, regardless of age “She reminds us that we all have tremendous capacity to lead and make our communities better.”

In attendance was Faith’s mother Carrie Dickinson, who was beaming with pride at the acknowledgement her daughter was receiving. When asked her thoughts, she humbly said, “As her Mom I feel I am biased.”

Concluding the event, CEO Jim Russell mused, “Faith is the tonic this world needs, a salve to worries, and a harbinger of hope. She lifts spirits, and is a reminder that our deep humanity requires care of the other.”

Past award recipients have been Bill Strode, John Martyn, People First, Survivors Abreast, Marie Bongard, and Roy Brady and most recently Stephen Kylie.


For more information contact:

Jim Russell CEO, 705-742-8839

The Report Card is In!

March 30, 2017

United Way Peterborough Celebrates an "A" Campaign

United Way Peterborough Celebrates an “A” Campaign

There was a celebratory tone today down at the water’s edge in the Holiday Inn as United Way Staff and volunteers reveled in the success of the 2016, 75th anniversary campaign results.

Close to 100 people were in attendance to share in the celebration. Among those was Eileen Kimmett who shared with the room her particular enjoyment of participating in the Paint the Town Red event. Spending the day trying to eat at as many participating restaurants as possible with her children. She stated “it was fun but filling!” This continued a light hearted competition between her and friend Andy Sawada and his family to see who could get to the most restaurants at this annual event.

Marion Burton President of the Peterborough and District Labour Council, brought greetings from organized labour and reminded people that the United Way is the charity of choice for organized labour across the country.

Gwyneth James the 2016 Campaign Chair was thanked by United Way Board Chair David Fell, who noted,   “Gwyneth’s  desire to serve as Chair this year, while at the same time expanding her own business, is evidence of her belief in Peterborough, in service, and in ensuring that lives are changed for the better.”

Departing from tradition, the United Way revealed a Community Campaign Report Card, which graded different aspects of the campaign. “Volunteer Leadership”, “Community Spirt and Participation”, “Tenacity and Commitment”, all received an ”A”, with “Potential for Growth” being graded at an “A+”.

This year’s 2016 Campaign raised $1.82 million, bringing the cumulative 75 year total to just over $73 million.

There was palpable pause in the room when it was announced that the success of this year’s campaign would result in a 5% increase to all United Way Partner agencies. Jim Russell CEO of the United Way effused, “the success of this “A” campaign, is not just about the grade and that achievement, but it also allows us to meet even more needs in our community, which at the end of the day is what United Way is at its core, all about.”

The 2017 Campaign Chair has been selected and that community announcement will take place later in April.

For more information contact:

Jim Russell CEO, 705-742-8839