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1 Day Collection for Coats For Kids

United Way Peterborough is partnering with Vinnies for a one-day fall collection of Coats For Kids on Saturday, October 13.

Vinnies will collect the coats for the United Way’s Coats For Kids during their regular hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Saturday only. Then on Sunday, October 14, a pool of Vinnies’ volunteers will sort the coats at their warehouse. On Monday, October 15 United Way volunteers will deliver the coats to the three cleaners in Peterborough – Grainger, Kent and Windsor Cleaners.

“We are thrilled to work with the United Way on this project that is so important to our community,” said Sue Mazziotti-Armitage, Vinnies’ Client Care Coordinator.

“We know the need for winter coats for kids and adults too is great. Our office is already getting calls from individuals and agencies for the distribution date,” said Lisa Smith, United Way Peterborough’s Director of Philanthropic Impact.

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, and Windsor’s Dry Cleaning Centre have been active and program partners since the program began 30 years ago.

The coats will be distributed on Saturday, October 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peterborough Square. United Way Peterborough also partners with Peterborough Social Services in the distribution of coats in the County.

For more information, contact Lisa Smith, Director of Philanthropic Impact at 705-742-8839 ext. 29

Community Comes Together to Show Its Local Love at the 2018 United Way Campaign Launch #LocalLove

230 people packed the Evinrude Centre this morning to launch the 77th annual United Way Community fundraising Campaign.  There was lively hosting by Stu Harrison, Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, and Catherine Hanrahan, Team vanRahan and the event was broadcast live by Fresh Radio and Chex Television. At one point the event was overtaken by Zombies from the John Howard Society promoting their Zombie Outbreak escape maze event planned for October 25th and 26th to support the United Way Campaign.

Jim Russell, CEO of United Way of Peterborough and District welcomed and opened the celebration with an acknowledgement of the stewardship of the land by indigenous peoples. He enthusiastically revealed this year’s Campaign theme of Local Love and reminded the crowd gathered that “we are all responsible for our community, for each other, for our friends and neighbors, and indeed strangers in need, and this year’s campaign provides the opportunity to make manifest Peterborough’s Local Love”. The 2018 Campaign Theme is LocalLove and is about unleashing the power of local love to create change and take action on the pressing issues found in our community.

This year’s Campaign Chair, Megan Murphy, showcased her mini-doc series 50 people 1 Peterborough produced to change the conversation about need in our community and highlight the impact of United Way in addressing these concerns. Murphy stated “my vision for this year’s campaign is put the “you” back in United Way through storytelling and our guerrilla marketing #ChalkTalk campaign. I want Peterborough to understand that we own both the poverty and privilege in our community and to truly feel the impact that their donation makes.”

Megan was born and raised in Peterborough. She went on to study at York University where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. She is a graduate of the Documentary Filmmaking Institute at Seneca College and the Second City Conservatory Program. She is currently a morning show co-host on two Peterborough/Northumberland radio station, 93.3 myFM and 107.9 Classic Rock and an afternoon drive co-host on Oldies 96.7. As an actress she has appeared on-screen in various roles from Flashpoint to Tim Hortons commercials. Megan has directed a number of films including Shelf Life and Towns End both of which were programmed at ReFrame Film Festival. Her feature film, Murphy’s Law, which chronicled her journey across Ireland on her deceased father’s bicycle, won best documentary at the Fingal Film Festival in Ireland in 2016.

Megan Murphy and Jim Russell were joined United Way’s Partner agencies including its two recently funded innovation projects and 12 neighbourhood projects for the reveal of this year’s goal, which is set at $1,850,000.00.

 The County of Peterborough also hosted a campaign launch at Lang Pioneer Village with County Council to celebrate the start of the campaign in the county.

 

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6th Annual Paint the Town Red Continues to Show Growth

On Wednesday July 18th, hundreds of people dined out at 32 local restaurants who donated 25% of their daily sales to support the work of United Way Peterborough & District.  Today we are thrilled to announce another record breaking success both in donations and community engagement.

The event continues to show growth, raising just over $16,000, a 6% increase from last year bringing the grand total to over $75,000 raised since the event was launched in 2013. There were some participating locations this year and the event featured a special charity ride from Full Tilt Cycle where riders were encouraged to Ride then Dine.

Paint the Town Red continues to raise more than donations, it also raises community connection. The true flavour of the event was exemplified by restaurants supporting each other, businesses encouraging folks to head out to eat, workplaces coordinating team meals and friendly rivalries to see who could eat at more restaurants, all to support everyone in our community.  The infamous Red Spoon toured the vicinity throughout the day and folks were clamouring for a spoon spotting, or even better, a spoon selfie!  You could watch the day unfold through your computer or cell phone as the community of Peterborough shared their photos and experiences on various social media platforms. The hashtag #PaintPtboRed was trending on Twitter across Canada all day demonstrating the powerful force of our community at large.

“Our restaurants and food are second to none in the Province. And once again we thank the entrepreneurial spirit of our restauranteurs and their commitment to building local economy while at the same time giving back to community.” Beamed Megan Murphy, 2018 Campaign Chair.

We’d like to offer our overwhelming gratitude to the participating restaurants, the people who came out and dined and to the many volunteers who made this event possible. In particular to Downtown Divas Laura Crann (Ashburnham Realty) and Ashley Vititoe who put their heart, soul and stomach into the event.

The dollars raised in this event will be going right back into this community to support our partner agencies, innovation projects and neighbourhood grants in their work building a strong and healthy Peterborough & District for everyone.

Thank-you to the 2018 Participating Restaurants

Amandala’s Dodrio Bubble Tea and Anime Cafe Kawartha Dairy (all scooped sales – High Street location) Riley’s
Amuse Coffee Co. Fresh Dreams La Hacienda Sam’s Place
Ashburnham Ale House Freshii La Mesita Silver Bean Cafe
B.E. Catering Gerti’s Oasis Mediterranean Grill –  #O.M.G St. Veronus
Black Honey Hobart’s Steak House The Night Kitchen Sunset Grill
Brio Gusto Hunter County Cuisine Pita Pit – George Street Tiny Greens
Chick-a-biddy Acres (Wednesday Market) Island Cream Providence Tre Ristorante
Cora Breakfast & Lunch Jeff Purvey’s (Rubidge Street) Rare Turnbull Cafe

For more information, please contact;

Jim Russell, CEO
United Way Peterborough & District
T: 705-742-8839
E: jrussell@uwpeterborough.ca

Paint the Town Red

Today in the Hunter Street alley, Jim Russell CEO of United Way of Peterborough & District was joined by Campaign Chair, Megan Murphy, Paint the Town Red 2018 Co-Chairs Laura Crann (Ashburnham Realty) and Ashley Vititoe (Gauvreau and Assoicates) along with a variety of participating restaurants to announce the launch of the 6th annual Paint the Town Red event.

On Wednesday July 18th, 32 participating restaurants will be donating 25% of their daily sales to support the work of United Way to build a better future for everyone.

 Says Murphy, “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 18th, share a meal together and help to build an even stronger and deeper community connection.”

 Event Co-Chairs Crann and Vititoe 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 past Campaign Cabinet volunteer and last year’s event co-chair, Terry Guiel (DBIA) who spent his own time carving and painting this Paint the Town Red symbol. Laura and Ashley encourage folks that while dining on July 18th, to share their experience on social media using the hashtag #PaintPtboRed.”

Last year’s event raised over $15,000.00 bringing the total to over $60,000 since 2013.

Thanks to our Confirmed Participants for 2018 #PaintPtboRed

Amandala’s
Amuse Coffee Co.
Ashburnham Ale House
B.E. Catering
Black Honey
Brio Gusto
Chick-a-biddy Acres (Wednesday Market)
Cora Breakfast & Lunch
Dodrio Bubble Tea and Anime Cafe
Fresh Dreams
Freshii
Gerti’s
Hobart’s Steak House
Hunter County Cuisine
Island Cream
Jeff Purvey’s (Rubidge Street)
Kawartha Dairy (all scooped sales (cones/milkshakes/ice cream sandwiches etc. – High Street location)
La Hacienda
La Mesita
Oasis Mediterranean Grill –  #O.M.G
The Night Kitchen
Pita Pit – George Street
Providence
Publican House (11am-4pm)
Riley’s
Sam’s Place
Silver Bean Cafe
St. Veronus
Sunset Grill
Tiny Greens
Tre Ristorante
Turnbull Cafe

Check out pictures of each restaurant with the Spoon! 

 

Megan Murphy Announced as 2018 Campaign Chair


Jim Russell, CEO United Way Peterborough & District, announced that Megan Murphy, local radio personality and film maker, will be leading United Way’s 77th community campaign in the fall of 2018.  Russell enthusiastically stated that “Megan’s deep Peterborough roots, artistic spirit, and community leadership makes her a natural choice to lead our campaign.”

Megan was born and raised in Peterborough.  Upon graduation from St. Peter’s High School, she was awarded the TD Canada Trust scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership. She went on to study at York University where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. She is also a graduate of the Documentary Filmmaking Institute at Seneca College and the Second City Conservatory Program.

She is currently a morning show co-host on two Peterborough/Northumberland radio station, 93.3 myFM and 107.9 Classic Rock and an afternoon drive co-host on Oldies 96.7.

As an actress she has appeared on-screen in various roles from Flashpoint to Tim Hortons commercials. Locally she has appeared in a number of theatre productions including New Stages recent interpretation of Angels in America and Between The Sheets alongside Linda Kash.

She has directed a number of short films, including Shelf Life and Towns End, (about the closing of PG Towns and Sons General Store in Douro), both of which were programmed at ReFrame Film Festival. Shelf Life won an audience choice award. Her feature film, Murphy’s Law, which chronicled her journey across Ireland on her deceased father’s bicycle, won best documentary at the Fingal Film Festival in Ireland in 2016.

She is public speaker, emcee and a published writer with her most recent story appearing in the May 2018 edition of Readers Digest. She recently collaborated with local musician Melissa Payne, to create a music video for the song Strong Heart. The video generated funds for Sick Kids Foundation, raising more than $22,000. She sits on the board for New Stages Theatre Company, and has volunteered with Trent Valley Archives, the Easter Seals Telethon, and Safe Haven for Refugees.

 

For more information, please contact
Jim Russell, CEO
United Way Peterborough & District
T: 705-742-8839
E: jrussell@uwpeterborough.ca

Thank a Teacher – Buy a Backpack

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.

By making a $15 donation, you will purchase a backpack full of school supplies 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!

 

Paint the Town Red – Save the Date

Paint the Town Red is back for its 6th year on Wednesday July 18th, 2018

Since 2013, over $60,000 has been generously donated by local restaurants, cafes and pubs to United Way Peterborough & District and invested right back into our community.

Local businesses who participate in 2018 Paint the Town Red event will generously donate 25% of their net sales from Wednesday July 18th, 2018,

Thanks to our Confirmed Participants for 2018 #PaintPtboRed

Amandala’s
Amuse Coffee Co.
Ashburnham Ale House
B.E. Catering
Black Honey
Brio Gusto
Chick-a-biddy Acres (Wednesday Market)
Cora Breakfast & Lunch
Dodrio Bubble Tea and Anime Cafe
Fresh Dreams
Freshii
Gerti’s
Hobart’s Steak House
Hunter County Cuisine
Island Cream
Jeff Purvey’s (Rubidge Street)
Kawartha Dairy (all scooped sales (cones/milkshakes/ice cream sandwiches etc. – High Street location)
La Hacienda
La Mesita
Oasis Mediterranean Grill –  #O.M.G
The Night Kitchen
Pita Pit – George Street
Providence
Rare
Riley’s
Sam’s Place
Silver Bean Cafe
St. Veronus
Sunset Grill
Tiny Greens
Tre Ristorante
Turnbull Cafe

 

United Way Supports Grassroots Community Projects Through Its Neighbourhood Fund

United Way of Peterborough & District announced the recipients of the organization’s Neighbourhood Fund launched in February 2018. A total of $25,000 will be shared between twelve (12) citizen lead, grassroots projects. United Way also announced that it will be supporting the Precarious Employment Research Initiative with $2500. To date United Way Peterborough has released $100,000 in new funding into the community.

“From projects directed to creatively addressing issues related to poverty to encouraging neighbours to build relationships to supporting an indigenous sweat lodge to a magazine that gives voice to marginalized – United Way wanted this funding to bring together citizens to address concerns that were important to them” Said Jim Russell CEO.

“It’s the grassroots, hyper local nature of these projects that got our board, volunteers and staff excited said Robbie Brooks Vice-Chair of United Way’s Community Impact Committee. It’s our privilege to support citizens to take leadership in bringing change and connection to their community.”

United Way Peterborough’s funding model is based on extensive engagement and consultation with the community. The Innovation funding stream was developed based on advice from close to 2000 donors, partner agency representatives, volunteers and community leaders.

Full list of funded projects:

Sacred Fire ($2,500)
A small grassroots group of Indigenous community members working together to maintain a sacred space created within the City of Peterborough. It is the hope of this project to bring isolated people together to remember who we are as Anishinaabe people. To help individuals and families connect with each other in meaningful ways.

DBIA/Warming Room  ($2,500)
The DBIA/Warming Room initiative is one that can be found in other Canadian and American cities. The program will see marginalized individuals of all ages, including youth, will be recruited and hired to clean and maintain sidewalks of their downtown in order to tackle certain perceptions. This will provide various opportunities of employment, life skills, motivation, a sense of community belonging for marginalized individuals. More details will be announced shortly.

Neighbours Fighting Poverty ($3,000)
The purpose of the Awesome Bridging Team is to pursue the continued learnings from our cross-cultural interactions among middle and low-income participants. Trust will continue to be slowly grown, class and cultural divides bridged, towards a neighbor to neighbor long-lasting relationship. The Awesome Internship Program pilot will provide training and a hands-on learning opportunity for people living in poverty to grow their skills as co-facilitators.   The Interns gain leadership, program-planning, public speaking, and facilitation skills in the following opportunities.

McDonnell Street Neighbours ($1,500)
A group of neighbours working together to create opportunities to grow a sense of neighbour spirit, establish a neighbourhood association and run several activities designed to consult with our neighbours on ways to better our collective lives while addressing some of the challenges we all face.

Wild Eats ($5,000)
Leta Brownscombe Co-operative Homes is an eighty-unit non-profit housing provider located in the north end of the City. Home to over 200 people of all ages representing many different ethnic groups. Their community garden will serve Co-op Members interested in growing healthy food for their families. The youth, through the Co-op’s Kids’ Committee, will be designated a large and a medium planter box (sizes A and B) which will be used for educational purposes such as workshops on sowing, fertilizing and harvesting methods.

The River Magazine ( $2,500)
The River Magazine is a community-based arts publication that provides a platform for creative expression for those living in poverty or on a low income in the City of Peterborough.

Carol’s Place ($1,500)
Carol’s Place is a newly formed non profit (Dec. 22nd, 2017) which is working towards building a 24/7 community hub for those that are marginalized, living in poverty and/or isolation.  This was a dream of the late Carol Winter who wanted a warm place for everyone to go at any time and who fought everyday to bring awareness for those who could not speak for themselves.

Men Supporting Men ($2,000)
A peer lead volunteer group geared strictly towards men who may be struggling in theirpersonal lives for any number of reasons. We meet weekly at space provided by the John Howard Society and we offer a non-judgemental, safe place to discuss anything including; legal problems, financial concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, parenting, marital issues or any other concerns we may have. We bring in guest speakers to address the group such as lawyers (criminal or family}, financial planners, addiction counsellors and financial aid workers who answer questions our attendees may have.

Youth Advisory Committee (PYS) ($1,000)
This funding would go towards organizing a day that showcases the artistic talents that Peterborough youth have to offer. This art festival, which we are naming “Voice: Youth Art Expo” would be an afternoon that allows youth in Peterborough to display their work, anything from singing, to poems, to short films or writing, which gives them their own unique voice within the community.

Summer Street Festival ($2,000)
The intention of the Summer Street Festival is to enhance the NeighbourPLAN Program in the neighbourhood of Jackson Park Brookdale (in Northcrest Ward). The festival will enhance the NeighbourPLAN Program led by GreenUP by supporting the broad goals of connecting residents to their neighbours and their community that will in turn create a more livable, active and inclusive neighbourhood. The Summer Street Festival will introduce educational elements and social activities at the event that meaningfully enable interaction and community building for a wide demographic, from children and youth, to parents and elders.

Creating Space ($1,500)
Creating Space is a community arts studio which fosters diverse connections, resilience, and social change in Nogojiiwanong-Peterborough by making art of all kinds, telling stories, and learning together among people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life. We uplift the diverse identities in Nogojiiwanong-Peterborough and highlight local resilience, strengths, interconnectedness, and potential for bridge-building between community members.

Peterborough Precarious Employment Research Initiatives  ($2500)
The Precarious Employment Research Initiative (PERI) is focused on understanding the employment and working conditions that working people face in our community.  The results of this research will be of interest to many, including workers, people seeking work, service providers assisting people looking for and keeping work, the business community, the education sector, health and social service providers, researchers and the media.

 

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 For more information, please contact;

Lisa Smith, Director Philanthropic Impact

United Way Peterborough & District

T: 705-742-8839 ext 29

E: lsmith@uwpeterborough.ca

 

 About United Way Peterborough & District: United Way Peterborough & District inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and stimulate policy and attitude changes that lead to the improvement of people’s quality of life in the City and County of Peterborough. United Way’s community investment focus is on helping individuals and families move from poverty to possibility and to build strong, healthy communities. For more information on United Way’s work in the community, please visit uwpeterborough.ca.