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Tour de Lion 2018 Charity Bike Ride

May 27th, 2018 is the 5th 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.

The festival will include a charity bike ride, “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.

Click here to read more about Tour de Lion.

To participate:

  1. Click here to choose your ride and register on snapd
  2. Click here to read the rules 
  3. Click here to obtain the waiver (must be signed before the ride. riders under 16 years old MUST have parent signature)

For more information about Dandelion Day and Tour de Lion, please visit: dandelionday.ca




United Way Campaign Chases Final 4%

As we near the end of the 2017 Campaign, United Way volunteers and staff are excited by the current success. With three weeks to go before celebration on March 29th, the Campaign is within 4% of its $1.85 million goal.

Neil Morton, 2017 Campaign chair is stoked. “We are not done yet! I am so grateful for the hard work and commitment of this year’s Cabinet and we are pushing hard to the very end to achieve our goal.”

Bob Gauvreau, #5KChallenge Champion and vice-chair, is asking community leaders to join the effort by donating $5K in the final weeks of the Campaign. Gauvreau is hoping for “a final surge of community effort.”

It’s not just individual donors, local workplaces have spent months fundraising through events and payroll deductions. “The energy and effort at our local workplace Campaigns has been astounding.” praises Lisa Smith, Director of Philanthropic Impact. There is still time to give. Visit the United Way Peterborough website for details.

Jim Russell, CEO, remarked on the excitement building around the two new funding streams recently announced by United Way. “Our Innovation fund and Neighbourhood fund are designed to support grassroots projects and to pilot new ideas in the community. It’s this ground-breaking work that is supported by our Campaign.”  Russell noted that $100K in new funding is currently available to the community.  Click here for application information. Applications are due March 9th at 5pm.

We invite you to join us for our Campaign Celebration on March 29th. Click here to purchase tickets!


For Further information, contact:
Jim Russell CEO

Scholfield Award of Community Distinction

Nominations Open for Scholfield Award of Community Distinction

 United Way Peterborough & District is inviting nominations  for the Scholfield Award of Community Distinction.

This award was established to recognize an individual or organization for their outstanding contribution and ability to mobilize change within our community. “Through their excellent leadership, the award recipient energizes and inspires people to come together to make a lasting difference in the City and County of Peterborough,” says Jim Russell, CEO, United Way Peterborough and District. Nominations close March 15, 2018 and the award will be presented during National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21st, 2018).

“Volunteers are a diverse group of people who create a ripple effect of inspiration and generosity.  It just makes sense to honour those who go above and beyond in their contributions to our community during National Volunteer Week.” added Russell.

In 2004, Paul and Ina Scholfield were the first recipients of this award. The Scholfield’s have been long-time philanthropists and community builders. Through their generosity and commitment, they lead by example, typifying the spirit of community building. Other recipients of this award include: Faith Dickinson, Stephen Kylie, Marie Bongard, Sharon Courts, Paul Lafond, People First, John Martyn, Bill Strode, Roy Brady, Survivors Abreast, John McNutt and Special Olympics – Peterborough.

The Scholfield Award is open to any resident or organization within the boundaries of the City and County of Peterborough. Nominees are evaluated based on their achievement, commitment and leadership in addressing community needs or issues; the impact of their efforts; their innovative, unique or exemplary approach; and their success in mobilizing members of our community.

Nomination forms  must be submitted no later than 4pm March 15, 2018 to erichmond@uwpeterborough.ca or to the United Way office at 277 Stewart Street, Peterborough.

Click here for a  nomination form!

We are #SoClose – only 5% from Goal.


All the workplace campaigns, individual donations, community events, chilli competitions and barbecues have led to some exciting news for United Way Peterborough & District. Neil Morton, 2017 Campaign Chair, and Jim Russell, CEO, are thrilled to announce that with the generous support of the community United Way Peterborough is only $99,000 from goal.

Neil Morton expressed his excitement at the momentum of this year’s campaign. “This campaign has seen numerous success including many workplaces like Trent University exceeding their goals, the introduction of our inaugural Petes Plaid night, and a very generous anonymous donor providing $30k to match leadership level donations. All of this has happened while faced with the challenge of the announced closure of General Electric. The generosity of this community continues to humble and inspire me.”

Jim Russell also referenced the injection of fun that took place this year with adopting the Plaid Campaign theme. Russell stated “the introduction of plaid into the campaign zeitgeist brought back the fun to our campaign. Many workplaces joined the plaid challenge to help us get to this result.”

With just over four (4) weeks left until its community celebration on March 29th, United Way Peterborough is reminding the community there is still time to give! Bob Gauvreau, Campaign Vice-Chair, has issued a $5K challenge to community and business leaders to help the organization cross the finish line on its campaign. If you haven’t made a gift, please do it today! If you have made a gift, consider giving just a little bit more this year. Consider doing a quick fundraising event at your business – An extra $500 from our corporate and workplace partners will go a long way in helping us reach that finish line!

To donate to United Way Peterborough & District:

  • In person:  Visit us at 277 Stewart Street, Peterborough to make your donation in person. We accept Cash, Cheque, Visa and Mastercard.
  • Over the Phone: To make a donation over the phone by credit card please call 705.742.8839.
  • By Mail: United Way Peterborough & District, 277 Stewart Street, Peterborough, ON K9J 3M8
  • Click here to donate online!

Tampon Tuesday

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Venue: The Junction (251 George St. above Riley’s in  Peterborough)
Click here to join the FaceBook event page!

Tampon Tuesday is a unique way to gather with others in your community to network, socialize & go with the flow.

Everyone is encouraged to bring menstrual hygiene products to donate.

If you cannot make the event but would like to support #TamponTuesday, you can bring your donations to our office at 277 Stewart Street between 9-5, Monday-Friday.

In support of:
YES Shelter for Youth & Families, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Cameron House

Special thanks to our sponsors:
Energy 99.7, Country 105. United Way Peterborough & District, Peterborough & District Labour Council

For more information about #TamponTuesday

Facebook: /TamponTuesday
Twitter: @TamponTuesday
Website: TamponTuesday.ca

For information about Tampon Tuesday in Peterborough, contact Stephanie @ 705-742-8839 ext. 32 or slevesque@uwpeterborough.ca


Neighbourhood Funding – Call for applications

UWP Neighbourhood Funding – Call for applications Now Open!

United Way of Peterborough & District’s (UWP) Neighbourhood Fund provides small, one-time grants to support informal groups of individuals that are working together to improve their neighbourhood or demographic community within the City and County of Peterborough. This funding will support residents to identify solutions and/or opportunities to local neighbourhood or community issues and act on them. A neighbourhood may be defined as a physical place or a connection of people (ie. an online neighbourhood). United Way Neighbourhood Funding will be used to enhance resident engagement and leadership while offering valuable opportunities for residents to get to know their neighbours and engage in their community.

Application Details Available at UWP Website Feb 6, 2018
 –> Deadline for Applications March 9,2018  (5pm)
Funding decisions made by UWP Mid to Late April 2018

To see the full details and application requirements please click here.

Should you have any questions about this opportunity please direct them to Lisa Smith, Director Philanthropic Impact: lsmith@uwpeterborough.ca or (705) 742-8839 ext 29.



Innovation Funding – Call for applications!

UWP Innovation Funding – Call for applications Now Open!

Non-profit organizations play an important role in tackling the problems of a fast-changing society. Through its Innovation Fund, UWP seeks to support nonprofit innovators, whether small or large, to design and/or deliver new initiatives that meet the community priorities identified within this RFP. Projects funded through the innovation fund should be a beta-test of a new idea or a research project designed to build a deeper understanding of community issues. This request for proposal is for one-time funding where up to $75,000 will be distributed.

Release of Request for Proposals Feb 6, 2018
Orientation and Coaching for Interested Applicants Month of Feb, 2018
–> Deadline for Applications March 9,2018  (5pm)
UWP review of Submissions Mid/Late March 2018
Funding Decisions Late March/early April

To see the full details and application requirements please click here.

Should you have any questions about this opportunity please direct them to Lisa Smith, Director Philanthropic Impact: lsmith@uwpeterborough.ca or (705) 742-8839 ext 29.



$250K (#SoClose) Campaign

Our CEO, Jim Russell sets the stage for our final $250K (#SoClose) Campaign:

To date, close to 300 workplaces and over 2000 employees have given to United Way’s 2017 campaign. This community’s ongoing commitment to creating hope and possibility for close to 60,000 people continues to inspire us … and for this we thank you!

Our campaign chair, Neil Morton, has recruited a #plaidtastic cabinet team. Together, their shared love for this community has created a tsunami that has stirred workplaces like Trent University to exceed their campaign goal by $25K.

And today, we are #soclose to getting to our campaign goal. We are within sight of finish line but we need one last push to get there. That’s where UWP and Peterborough needs you. We are asking our community to join us in one last push to the finish line.

How can you help?!

  •  Join the #5KChallenge! 
  • If you haven’t made a gift, please do it today!
  • If you have made a gift, consider giving just a little bit more this year.
  • Consider doing a quick fundraising event at your business – An extra $500 from our corporate and workplace partners will go a long way in helping us reach that finish line!

Ways of Giving:

  1. In person:  Visit us at 277 Stewart Street, Peterborough to make your donation in person. We accept Cash, Cheque, Visa and Mastercard.
  2. Over the Phone: To make a donation over the phone by credit card please call 705.742.8839.
  3. By Mail: United Way Peterborough & District, 277 Stewart Street, Peterborough, ON K9J 3M8
  4. Donate Online Now

This is what your donation looks like: Confidence

“I am not a victim. I am a survivor.”

Erica was living the carefree, college life in Hamilton when she met him. He was wild and fun… everything you want from a college boyfriend. They started dating and within a couple of months Erica was pregnant.

She knew immediately that she was keeping the baby. Erica told him she would do this with him if he chose to stay, or on her own if he didn’t. He stayed. Erica took time off school. He continued to party. Despite her requests that he start cutting back on his drinking before the baby was born, he persisted. The more she asked him to slow down, the more heavily he drank. The more he drank, the more abusive his words became. Before long his verbal abuse turned physical. Erica learned to live on eggshells, not wanting to risk harm to her unborn baby. She did whatever she could to keep the peace.

Baby Avery was born. And she was beautiful.

But Erica’s joy eroded as the abuse became more and more violent. She didn’t know what to do. She was alone in a still unfamiliar city without friends, family or a job. She couldn’t afford to go back to school. Leaving Avery alone with “him” was out of the question. Erica was scared and felt trapped but she didn’t know how to ask for help because she was convinced this was all in her head, despite the very real bruises.

One night, when Avery was not quite two years old, she witnessed her father choking Erica with such ferocity that she wasn’t able to breathe. When he finally let her go, Erica crawled into the kitchen sobbing. Curled up into a ball, she cried out for someone to help her. When she looked up, little Avery was smiling into her eyes. She patted her mom’s back and said, ‘it’s okay, mommy.’

“She is my angel.”

After that incident, Erica and Avery moved out. They rented an apartment six blocks away. Still not ready to admit what was happening and hopeful that things would change, she kept her relationship and continued to spend most of her time with him. But things didn’t change and the abuse did not stop.

A year later, she’d had enough. She called her parents and said, “I’m ready to come home.” Erica brought Avery to her parents’ house, near Peterborough, for Christmas. They never went back.

Coming back to her hometown felt warm and inviting. She and Avery stayed in her parents’ basement. Her mother phoned the local YWCA. Erica cautiously attended counselling services. After years of silence, she was finally sharing her secrets. She didn’t know what to expect but what happened in that building was truly life-changing.

“I felt validated for the first time. They understood me in a way that no one else could. I told them everything and they didn’t think I was crazy.”

As part of her counselling, one of the first things they did was create a safety plan. Erica felt a peace of mind she hadn’t known in years.

The YWCA has also provided Erica with legal support, financial advice; and even years later, she is still accessing supports from the YWCA through their START program.

“The YWCA saved my life. It is a place where I belong.”

Today, Erica shares her story with others as a way of offering support. It’s not easy to be publicly vulnerable and to relive her horrific experiences; but she believes if she can help one person, it’s worth it. When asked what advice she would share with someone in a similar situation, she instantly replied:

“Don’t ever think you are too weak to handle it. Trust your inner strength. You are never, ever alone.”

United Way Peterborough & District provides long-term priority funding to the YWCA, along with 22 other programs and services in our community. Click here to make a donation and support local families, like Erica and Avery.

This is what your donation looks like: Belonging

It took Joummana Mualem and her family four years to escape the turmoil of the Middle East.

They traveled from Syria to Egypt to Bahrain and then to the United Arab Emirates before finally securing paperwork needed to move to Canada. They landed in Peterborough thanks to a private-sponsorship group in autumn 2016 and have since embraced the community as much as it has embraced them.

The family has settled in nicely to their new home, thanks in part to the many programs and services provided by the New Canadians Centre (NCC). Those services are partially funded by the United Way of Peterborough and District.

This year, the NCC received $55,122 from the United Way. Hajni Hos, executive director of the NCC, says that money is used for all newcomers to Peterborough, not just those from Syria who have arrived since late 2015.

“Funding from United Way enables us to support newcomer clients who we would not be able to support otherwise through federal funding for example international students, migrant workers, refugee claimants, etc.,” says Hos.

“But funding is only one benefit we receive from the United Way. Experts at United Way support our staff and board (with) professional development through various workshops. By being a member of the United Way family we are able to network and partner with other community organizations, and help the ones in need together.”

Joummana says the NCC has become a second home of sorts for her family, husband Mohamad Bashar Asfary, daughter Malaka Asfari, 15, and son Faadel Al Asfari, 13.

Early on they started volunteering as interpreters because they speak both Arabic and English.

Her son Faadel says he’s been given opportunities to try different things he would not have been able to in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.

He’s also settled in nicely at St. John Catholic Elementary School, where he has made many new friends.

“I feel like I can speak the way I want to without worrying about being attacked or made fun of,” says Faadel. “It’s very peaceful here with people who appreciate you.”

Donations to the United Way campaign will go a long way to providing continued support and hope for families, like Joummana’s.

“Our kids now have a future,” she says. “Now they can control it.”

Click here to read full article from My Kawartha

Click here to make a donation today!