United Way Peterborough Launches Text 2 Give!

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PETERBOROUGH, ON – Just in time for Paint the Town Red, United Way Peterborough & District has launched mobile giving as part of its 2017 campaign. Local Foodies who can’t join us at Paint the Town Red can now donate $20 to United Way via text message.

Neil Morton, Campaign Chair, stated “I am excited that UW Peterborough is innovating like this, and using technology to make it easy for people to donate on demand. UW Peterborough is one of the first United Way organizations in Canada to implement mobile giving, and the smallest city to do so.”

 So how does work? Diners can make a $20 donation to United Way of Peterborough & District by texting UWPTBO to 20222.

No standard text messaging fees are incurred by mobile users to initiate and complete a text message donation. No portion of any amount donated is held by participating wireless providers. United Way Peterborough receives 100% or each donation made by text message. All mobile users can obtain a tax receipt for their donations made via text message by visiting the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada website.

Lisa Smith, Director of Philanthropic Impact, emphasized “the United Way Peterborough team will be making a strong push on social media and at local events to get the word out about our new text to donate program and we hope our community and media partners will spread the word as well.”

For more information, please contact;
Jim Russell, CEO
United Way Peterborough & District
T: 705-742-8839

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5TH annual ‘Paint the Town Red’ launches at Sam’s Place

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PETERBOROUGH, ON – Today at Sam’s Place, Jim Russell CEO of United Way of Peterborough & District was joined by Campaign Chair Neil Morton, Campaign Cabinet members Terry Guiel (Downtown Business Improvement Area) Peterborough and Laura Crann (Ashburnham Realty)  and Sam’s Place owner Sam Sayer to announce the launch of the 5th annual Paint the Town Red event.


On Wednesday July 19th, participating restaurants will be donating 25% of their daily sales to support the work of United Way to build a better future for everyone. There is a 50% increase in participating restaurants bringing this year’s total to 32.


Says Morton, “The energy around this event and excitement about helping each other is what I love about this community. I encourage you to sit down with friends and family on July 19th, share a meal together and help to build an even stronger and deeper community connection.  While you’re at it, share your experience on social media using the hashtag #PaintPtboRed.”


Cabinet members Guiel and Crann expressed that supporting this event is a great start to their first year volunteering for the United Way Campaign. Laura added, “It’s been a blast to take pictures with the ‘spoon’ while talking to folks about the work of United Way.” Special thanks to Terry who spent his own time carving and painting this Paint the Town Red symbol.


Last year’s event raised over $10,000.00 bringing the total to over $45,000 since 2013. Sam’s Place has been part of the event every year and this year there will be a very special Paint the Town Red featured sandwich available. Sam Sayer stated, “Our community is very important to us at Sam’s Place and we’re proud to be supporting the community through United Way Peterborough.”


Russell ended proceedings by emphasizing the unparalleled energy and passion demonstrated by this year’s campaign chair. “Neil is absolute lightening in a bottle – you can feel it today and this augurs well for our 2017 Campaign.”


2017 Participating Restaurants

Amandala’s Charlotte Anne’s Kawartha Dairy (scooped cones) Reggie’s Hot Grill
Ashburnham Ale House Curry Village Kettle Drums Riley’s Pub
BE Catering Dodrio La Hacienda Sam’s Place
Black Honey EC Catering Marty Moo’s Silk Roots Fusion
Brickhouse Fresh Dreams Natas Café Silver Bean
Brio Gusto Gerti’s Pita Pit Soupcon
By the Bridge Hobarts The Planet St. Veronus
Caffeina Island Cream Rare Gill House Village of Thai

Join our FaceBook Event page to receive up-to-date information and share with your friends!

Click here for an interactive map of all participating restaurants thanks to Kawartha NOW!


For more information, please contact;

Jim Russell, CEO

United Way Peterborough & District

T: 705-742-8839

E: jrussell@uwpeterborough.ca


Sam Sayer of Sam's Place, holds her "Paint the Town Red" sandwich which will be available all day July 19th for the event!

Sam Sayer of Sam’s Place, holds her “Paint the Town Red” sandwich which will be available all day July 19th for the event!

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Paint the Town Red – July 19th!

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Join us for the 5th annual Paint the Town Red event on July 19, 2017!

Participating restaurants, cafes and pubs will be donating 25% of their daily sales to support United Way Peterborough & District to build a better future for everyone.

Join our FB Event Page to stay up to date on what’s happening!

2017 Participating Restaurants 
Ashburnham Ale House
BE Catering
Black Honey Dessert and Coffeehouse
Brio Gusto Restaurant & Wine Bar
By the Bridge Ptbo
Caffeina Espresso Bar
Charlotte Anne’s Restaurant
Curry Village Indian Restaurant
Dodrio Bubble Tea and Gaming Lounge
EC Catering
Fresh Dreams
Hobart’s Steakhouse
Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine
Kawartha Dairy (Scooped cones only)
Kettle Drums – Restaurant and Bar
La Hacienda
Marty Moo’s
Natas Cafe
Pita Pit – George Street
The Planet
Rare Grill House
Reggie’s Hot Grill
Riley’s Pub Peterborough
Sam’s Place – ”The Best Dan Deli In Town”
Silk Roots Fusion Cuisine
Silver Bean Café
Soupcon Bistro
St Veronus
Village of Thai

For more information or to inquire about becoming an event partner, contact Erica:
705-742-8839 ext. 30
705-313-0651 (cell)

Trending: #PaintPtboRed

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Thank you Peterborough Yoga Fest 2017 !

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We would like to extend our sincere thanks and to the organizers of the Peterborough Yoga Festival and their volunteers. Their dedication to our community is inspiring and we are so grateful for our partnership! All the dollars raised from the event stay local and help increase community health and wellness.

Stay tuned for an announcement of the dollars raised from the third annual Peterborough Yoga Festival!


Click here for a video of Lisa Smith, UWP giving thanks to YogaFest & our community



Buy a Backpack, Thank a Teacher

Are you considering a teacher’s gift and stuck on how to say thank you for a great school year? Consider giving your child’s teacher the gift of giving back. Purchase a backpack full of school supplies for $15 in support of United Way Peterborough’s Back Pack for Kids program.

The teacher will be given a certificate in their name and in September, this backpack will be given to a student in need to ensure they are ready to learn with a backpack full of school supplies.

Sometimes the best way to show gratitude to someone is to pay it forward.

For more information or to purchase a Backpack, call United Way Peterborough at 705-742-8839 x32 and ask for Stephanie.

Click here to download a donation form



The Shedden Annual Golf Invitational in support of United Way

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United Way Peterborough & District presents: The Shedden Annual Golf Invitational!

Saturday, July 15th at Black Diamond Golf Club.

This inclusive tournament is open to pros and those just dipping their toes into the game.

Registration is $125 per person and includes lunch, dinner, 18 holes, power cart, and a receiptable contribution to United Way. Additional tournament information can be found in the registration form or by visiting their Facebook event page

Please fill out and return  Registration and General Information Fillable Form with payment by June 23rd to aoreilly@uwpeterborough.ca or drop off at our office (277 Stewart St. Peterborough).

Looking forward to seeing you July 15th!


3rd Annual Yoga Festival Celebrates Inclusion and Community


PETERBOROUGH, ON – Excitement is building as the 3rd Annual Peterborough Yoga Festival approaches. The Festival is set for Saturday, June 17th at Del Crary Park, alongside Little Lake in downtown Peterborough.  The Festival features a full line up of unique classes.  Attendees can explore and enjoy the day as they feel comfortable. The festivities begin at 7.am. with a communal sun salutation. Yoga and meditation classes, workshops, a kid’s tent, wellness garden, and expanded yogi market will also be included in the daylong celebration.

“The Peterborough Yoga Festival is a community event for the community.” Says festival co-organizer Tiffany Nicholson-Smith. “It really breaths everything that yoga is in a lived way; community, inclusion, love, connection, and mostly presence and awareness… and all proceeds go back to the community through United Way, earmarked for programs that align with the yoga lifestyle.”

“We are so grateful to the organizers for their continued hard work in ensuring another successful Yoga Festival this year. We are so proud of our partnership” Gushes United Way’s Aimee O’Reilly, committee liaison.

“An inclusive, strong, and healthy Peterborough is one of United Way’s goals.” States 2017 UWP Campaign Chair Neil Morton. “It seems like a great fit to partner together on this event. My only problem is I can’t seem to find anywhere that sells plaid yoga wear!”

Nicholson-Smith stresses the importance of the inclusiveness of the event. “There is absolutely no previous yoga experience required. This is a day for everyone and all are welcome to come and discover Yoga and Meditation in a really down-to-earth, back-to-nature, non-intimidating environment,” she states.

The event doubled in size from the first year to second, with another large increase expected this year. Tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance or at the door for $25 and kids under 16 are free. For information on purchasing tickets or full schedule of events visit peterboroughyogafestival.com.


For information about United Way, please contact:               

Lisa Smith
United Way Peterborough & District
T: 705-742-8839
E: lsmith@uwpeterborough.ca

For information about The Yoga Festival, please contact

Tiffany Nicholson-Smith
E: peterboroughyogafestival@gmail.com or livingintheself@gmail.com
www.peterboroughyogafestival.com (Bottom of Form)

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Tour de Lion Ride for Fun Health and Community In Support of United Way

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Inaugural Tour de Lion Ride for Fun Health and Community In Support of United Way Declared as Part of Dandelion Day Festival

 The United Way of Peterborough and District announced an exciting new partnership with Transition Town Peterborough this morning.  Sunday May 28th marks the 4th annual Dandelion Day Festival to be held at Millennium Park from 11a.m.-4p.m. This annual celebration focuses on healthy lifestyles and the public is invited to enjoy free live music, face painting, children’s activity wall, and a chance to meet local Health Practitioners and local authors.

Ensuring that the day is fun for kids, The Big Dandee was in attendance at the press conference in all his 7 foot dandelion glory, and will be joined by Razberry the Clown who will be entertaining and face painting at the May 28th celebration.

Jim Russell, CEO of United Way Peterborough and District spoke about the alignment of values shared between the two organizations, “we believe in a healthier community for all, and we are so pleased to be partners is this year’s celebration of the noble dandelion,” stated Russell. The festival will have an added event this year called The Dandelion Day “Tour de Lion” Ride for Fun Health and Community, which includes 3 different routes. All proceeds from pledges collected will be donated directly to United Way to help in their work of building strong inclusive communities.

 Committee members Craig Niziolek, and Andrea Connell outlined the details of the 3 different rides that will take place all ending up at Millennium Park to partake in the festival celebrations:

  • Wild Rock Avid Cyclist 55k Ride – leaving from the Health and Wellness centre
  • PCNM Trent Trail Family Ride 10k – leaving from Trent Athletic Centre
  • Camp Ponacka All Wheels Mini Ride – leaving from foot of Simcoe St. in Millennium Park

Committee member Dave Sumner shared “The Dandelion Day Festival is important to me because it is a chance to showcase our local complementary health practitioners and work on the prevention of illness. The Tour de Lion encourages citizens to be active and together, Dandelion Day & Tour de Lion helps build a sustainable community.”

Details about Dandelion Day Festival and each of the rides can be found at www.dandelionday.ca


Click here to download pledge forms.

Click here to sign up on the FaceBook event page!


Thanks so much Transition Town!!