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Reaching Home – Community Advisory Board

Call for New Members

The United Way Peterborough and District is the Community Entity for Peterborough City and County, as the Community Entity we receive Federal grants (Reaching Home grants) to help in the fight to end homelessness in our community. A Community Advisory Board (CAB) helps to set direction and coordinate efforts to address homelessness in Peterborough City and County. The CAB will work to achieve broad and inclusive representation of our community and will:

  • Assess and recommend projects for Reaching Home funding
  • Approve, revise and facilitate the implementation of the Community Plan including community contributions (ie. Funding from other sources to end and prevent homelessness in our community)
  • Be a representative of the community and have in-depth knowledge of key sectors and systems that affect homelessness priorities.
  • Support the governance, planning and implementation of new features of Reaching Home including Coordinated access, using an outcome-based approach and reporting progress to the public.

About Reaching Home

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is designed to support the goals of the National Housing Strategy to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by 2027–2028.

Member Knowledge/Expertise

Members of CAB should have knowledge of Peterborough and area and the issues of housing and/or homelessness. The CAB should be comprised of representatives able to speak to the issues/needs/priorities of people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Members of the CAB should be passionate about homelessness issues in the Peterborough and have the best interest of the community at heart. Members are expected to work collaboratively and respectfully within the CAB and within the community.

Roles and Responsibilities

CAB Members have the responsibility to

  • Attend and actively participate in each meeting;
  • Be prepared for discussion and decisions to be taken at each meeting;
  • Actively participate in activities related to the development of the Community Plan on homelessness;
  • Be familiar with and respect the Terms of Reference for CAB Members including the Code of Conduct and the Conflict of Interest policy;
  • Be knowledgeable of the Reaching Home federal funding stream
  • Maintain contact with individuals and organizations in their sector for the purpose of sharing information and identifying sector issues related to the CAB objectives and activities;
  • To strike and participate in subcommittees and working groups as needed.

Who Should Apply?

Interested applicants should complete the attached form and submit it by email to reachinghome@uwpeterborough.ca

Please ensure you have met the following criteria:

  • demonstrate experience and/or knowledge of housing and homelessness issues in the Peterborough
  • have experience in proposal review and assessment
  • be willing to commit the time to read and provide feedback on submitted proposals;
  • be available for at least a 3-year commitment
  • be willing to sign and abide by the Terms of Reference including the conflict of Interest policy and the Code of Conduct.
  • Represent the community in one or more of the following sectors:
    • Individuals with lived experience of homelessness
    • Indigenous Peoples and organizations, Friendship Centres; Indigenous housing organizations
    • Youth and youth serving organizations, including Child Welfare agencies
    • Organizations serving women/families fleeing violence
    • Organizations serving seniors
    • Newcomer serving organizations
    • The private sector
    • Police and correctional services
    • Landlord associations and/or the housing sector
    • Health organizations, including hospitals and other public institutions, and organizations focused on mental health and addictions; and
    • Veterans Affairs Canada or Veterans-serving organizations

Those interested in applying should be aware that participation on the CAB is voluntary, and there is no monetary compensation.

Timing, process and next steps

1) Applicants to submit their interest by December 20, 2019 to reachinghome@uwpeterborough.ca  using the attached form.
2) Confirmation of CAB members to occur by January 13, 2020
3) All applications will be reviewed, and notifications will be sent by the end of January, the first meeting will occur in February 2020.

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Become a United Way Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart and soul of United Way. When it comes to building community and changing lives in Peterborough City and County, we couldn’t do it without volunteer support.

We are always looking for people that want to make an impact in their community. From individuals to employee teams, one-time support to long-term opportunities – volunteers work with us in a diverse range of projects and roles.

Volunteer opportunities available:

  • Board of Directors and Board Committees
  • Community Impact Council(s) and Funding Reviews
  • Campaign Cabinet and Fundraising
  • Special Events Volunteers
  • General Office and Administrative Support
  • Youth Advisory Committee
  • Emergency Volunteer Registry

Complete a Volunteer Application to get involved with United Way Peterborough & District!

Placement students and interns

United Way Peterborough & District accepts placement students from accredited post-secondary institutions. Students studying in the following fields are considered:

•    Community Development and Social Work
•    Business Administration and Marketing
•    Special Events and Fundraising
•    Other related fields of study may also be considered

Placement opportunities with United Way provide meaningful on-the-job training and career experience while building a broader appreciation and understanding of social and human service based community development.

Please contact United Way for additional details on placement and internship opportunities that are currently available.

Volunteering in the Community

In partnership with the City and County of Peterborough, United Way offers an information and referral service that provides residents of the Peterborough area with reliable information on community and social services, as well as a listing of currently available local community volunteer opportunities.

Youth Volunteering in the Community

If you are between the ages of 14 and 19 and looking for a way to help with issues facing youth in our community, join our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). Get connected to your community while building awareness about relevant issues, gaining friends, building confidence, and fulfilling your volunteer hours.

When you join the committee you become part of a team that strives to make a difference.

United Way Projects include:

  • Coats for Kids
  • Backpacks for Kids
  • Youth Grants
  • The Starlight Film Festival
  • G.I.V.E

Click here for our Youth Advisory Committee brochure.

To learn more about how to volunteer in your community, visit fourinfo.com  or call 705.742.0393.

Emergency Volunteer Registry

The Emergency Volunteer Registry is a special project of United Way Peterborough & District in partnership with City and County of Peterborough, Peterborough County-City Health Unit, Peterborough Regional Health Centre and the local non-profit sector. The Registry is designed to facilitate the intake and distribution of volunteers in the event of a pandemic or localized emergency.

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