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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 jrussell@uwpeterborough.ca, 705-742-8839

World Homeless Day 2016

In recognition of World Homeless Day, here is a re-post of our Point in Time Homeless Count from March 2016.

I Count Ptbo Logo

For 75 years our singular priority as United Way of Peterborough & District has been to ask ourselves: what does our community need and how we collectively respond to those challenges with conviction and hope? All while bringing together resources, goodwill, and a strategic promise to effectively invest time, money, and voice to ensure equal opportunity for all to build a better life.

Homelessness is a pressing concern for many Canadians. The question of ‘Why” resonates across this country — from the deep concern that arises when you pass someone who is homeless and living on the street to the despair and hopelessness felt by the person who is struggling to find a safe and affordable place to stay. We all ask “what can be done” or even more boldly “what must be done?”

Our community… our home… Peterborough has a strong and honourable history of actively responding to the needs of our homeless neighbour and is reflected in the work of numerous agencies, advocates, and coalitions. Indeed there is an ever evolving political will – federally, provincially and municipally – to address our shared concern for the homeless. The simple truth is we all suffer when homelessness exists in our communities. This report calls us – all of us – to deepen our community wide effort to address this issue and to truly hear and listen to the voice of those who are impacted by this issue on a daily basis.

It is time to ask ourselves what it might take to end homelessness in Peterborough. What approaches are needed? How do we involve the entire community in this work?  How do we build on and enhance the tireless attention to this issue that so many committed people have championed for years? And finally how will we measure progress?

To that end the Point in Time Count is the starting point on this journey. We must continue to gather together comprehensive information, in a statistically rigorous manner, and consistent with similar communities across the country from those who are homelessness. Giving Voice….Peterborough’s 2016 Point in Time Count of Homelessness is a snap shot of homelessness in our community. This report serves to inform and perhaps to guide and indeed to provoke collective action based on the voices of those most affected.

Certainly, this undertaking was not United Way’s alone. Throughout this report you will see acknowledgement of thought leaders, advocates, and organizations concerned about homelessness – all whom supported this undertaking. I would like to draw special attention to the efforts of Dorothy Oliver, Chair of the HPS Community Advisory Board, Lisa Smith Director of Philanthropic Impact, and Erica Richmond, PiT coordinator. The collaborative-ness, energy, and aplomb in this inaugural undertaking was inspiring.

Finally, dare we say “we can end homelessness in Peterborough”

Jim Russell B.S.W., M.S.W.
Chief Executive Officer


Full Report: PiT Final Report

Key Findings: PiT Infographic of Key Findings