Who We Are

Your Donation is an Investment

When you invest in the work of United Way you invest in our community. We take great pride in providing stewardship excellence, promising to:
• undertake an intensive funding application and review process ensuring funded agencies meet the highest standards in operational and management effectiveness,
• take responsibility ensuring your contribution is invested in the most effective and efficient way,
• monitor and report the performance and measure the impact of your community investments.

Guiding Principles for Your Investment: United Way has identified 5 principles to guide all our investment activities. Our funded agencies are required to align to the following principles;

1. Inclusive: Agencies provide personalized service to clients enabling them to effectively navigate the social service system.
2. Collaborative: Agencies actively seek out and participate in opportunities for cross-agency communication and partnership to strengthen the community and the sector.
3. Responsive: Agencies demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning, applying insights and practices to best respond to client needs.
4. Family-Centred: Agencies place families at the centre of service delivery, with the aim of building stability and resilience within caregiver relationships.
5. Balanced: Agencies demonstrate a commitment to providing services that balance intervention and prevention strategies.

Investing Your Dollars

We are committed to this community and have developed an investment strategy focussed on innovative solutions to critical challenges facing vulnerable people in our community aligning to two main priority areas;
                                     Moving People from Poverty to Possibility
                                     Building Healthy & Strong Communities
Our intent is to be focused in our funding and to fund deeply over time. Our belief is this approach has the best chance of realizing impact in our community. Our funding model features three distinct funding streams;
Long Term Fund: core funding over 3 to 5 years (75% of community investment dollars)
Innovation Fund: shorter term funding over 1 to 2 years (20% of community investment dollars)
Neighbourhood Fund: short term local funding (5% of community investment dollars)

Investing With a Comprehensive Application and Review Process

A Letter of Intent (LOI) phase is the first step in our community investment process with the intention to allow potential applicants to demonstrate how their organization, collaborative, or initiative offers the most promise to achieve UWP’s community impact priorities and outcomes. This year, we received a total of 60 LOI submissions from 39 different agencies for our two primary investment streams – the Long Term Priority Fund and Innovation Fund.

A Community Review Team then develops recommendations based on an in-depth and consensus-based group discussion process. The most promising submissions are invited to submit a full funding application. This year, 19 agencies moved forward to submit full funding applications under the Long Term Priority Fund and 5 agencies moved forward to submit full funding applications under the Innovation Fund. All LOI recommendations are then reviewed by United Way’s Agency & Community Services Committee with final approval from the Board of Directors. To be eligible to apply for UWP funding, LOI submissions have to pass three levels of review and consideration.

During the second phase of the community investment process, UWP staff complete a preliminary review of all applications to identify any issues/questions. A funding review team scores each application and recommendations are developed through extensive group discussion. The level of recommended funding is established by the review team based on merit, application quality, and fit to UWP’s Community Investment model. All investment recommendations are further reviewed by United Way’s Agency & community Services Committee with final approval from the Board of Directors. The following agencies in receipt of UWP funding pass three levels of review and consideration.

United Way’s Long-Term Priority Funding

Long-Term Priority Funding is used to stabilize agencies that align to the community priorities and outcomes identified by United Way. Agencies receive funding for up to 5 years and are expected to meet the highest standards in organizational accountability. United Way is thrilled to announce $1,086,000 in Long Term Priority Funding will be directed to the following agencies on an annual basis beginning in 2015.
• Big Brothers & Big Sisters: $90,000
• CMHA: $45,000
• COIN: $45,000
• Community Care Peterborough: $65,000
• Community Counselling & Resource Center: $90,000
• Community Living Peterborough: $48,000
• Elizabeth Fry Society: $60,000
• John Howard Society: $60,000
• Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre: $43,000
• Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough: $69,000
• New Canadians Center: $65,000
• PARN: $39,000
• Peterborough Community Chaplaincy: $55,000
• Peterborough Family Resource Centre: $60,000
• Peterborough Youth Services: $52,000
• Trent Valley Literacy Association: $30,000
• YES Shelter for Youth and Families: $70,000
• YWCA: $90,000

United Way’s Innovation Funding

Through our new Innovation Fund, United Way supports non-profit innovators, whether small or large, to design and/or deliver new initiatives that meet identified emerging social issues. Innovation Funding is one-time funding provided for up to 2 years to an individual charitable organization for their own initiative or to serve as the lead on a multi-agency initiative. United Way is thrilled to introduce $170,800 in new Innovation Funding to be directed to the following innovations beginning in 2015.

COIN – Work-Life: $19,800
The goal of Work-Life is to support better outcomes for discouraged workers, test new ideas and approaches, and develop project partners’ capacity and resources to be able to offer proven interventions to discouraged workers.

Fourcast – Changing the Conversation: $46,000
Changing the conversation seeks to improve the way addiction and mental health providers interact and respond to those with a substance use or mental health concern regardless of organizational mandates.

Kawartha World Issues Centre – Making TRACKS: $47,000
TRACKS seeks to reduce school drop-out rates among Aboriginal youth by offering cultural curriculum that reflects the values of Indigenous communities promoting an environment of respect and inclusion that could ultimately address bigger issues including inactivity, youth violence, and self-harm.

Kinark – Family Support Provision: $45,000
Family Support Provision connects families whose children are accessing mental health services to resources that help parents/caregivers and siblings feel supported and build coping skills. The FSP acts as both mentor and advocate, working with mental health systems to alleviate the sense of chaos a family may be experiencing.

YES Shelter for Youth and Families – Family Reconnect: $13,000
The goal of the Family Reconnect Project is to reduce youth homelessness by enhancing family functioning, improving communication skills and supporting the development of positive family culture.

United Way’s Neighbourhood Funding

United Way wants to make neighbourhoods safe and strong across our community. Neighbourhoods thrive when there is strong resident engagement and local leadership to achieve positive change. In 2016, United Way will be launching our Neighbourhood Fund to support grassroots neighbourhood and resident development.

2015 United Way Youth Grants

United Way Peterborough & District’s (UWP) commitment to this community’s youth continues. On March 23, United Way Board of Directors approved the distribution of $1,650 through the 2015 Youth Grant Program.

Thanks to donors and community partners, for the past 10 years UWP has provided funding up to $500 (to a maximum of $2,000 annually) for youth led projects in the community. The total dollars distributed through Youth Grants in that time is more than $15,000.

The Youth Grant Program offers funding opportunities for youth-led groups working to bring attention to and address concerns they are passionate about, to their peers & communities. This year, our Youth Advisory Committee reviewed 7 applications for a total of $3,500 and through a diligent and comprehensive selection process decided the following 4 organizations/programs qualified for funding for a total of $1,650 to be distributed on April 13th.

$400: Kawartha World Issues Centre for their upcoming Heritage Drummers & Drum Circle for Global Youth Day
$500: PACE/Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board’s Rainbow Alliance Advocacy Project
$350: Peterborough County City Health Unit’s Food Literacy Workshop
$400: PARN‘s QueerRADicals Rainbow Youth Program, Don’t Box Me In

Applications for 2016 Youth Grants will be available in January 2016. Whether you have a fully formed project or are at the start of developing a project idea, we are happy to offer advice and support during the idea and proposal development process.

Other United Way Community Programs

BackPacks for Kids

United Way Peterborough & District’s Backpacks for Kids program works to address issues of poverty by providing backpacks to children and youth in our community who wouldn’t normally be able to afford new school supplies. Each new backpack contains common items required for school and is customized for each grade level. Our program strives to ensure that all students in need are ready for school and over the last 10 years we have distributed over 8,489 backpacks.

Coats 4 Kids & Grown Ups Too

United Way Peterborough & District’s Coats for Kids and Grown-Ups Too program strives to keep children and their families warm during the cold winter months by providing clean, gently-used winter wear to children, youth, and adults in Peterborough City and County. Since the program’s inception over twenty-nine years ago, thousands of coats have been distributed throughout our community. In the last ten years alone the Coats for Kids Program has distributed more than 15,000 pieces of winter wear.

Since 1986, individuals and families have donated gently used winter wear which is then cleaned at no cost to the program by local dry cleaning providers. Kent Cleaners, Rocky’s Cleaners, Ferguson Cleaners, Grainger’s Cleaners, and Windsor’s Dry Cleaning Centre have been active and committed program partners since the program began 29 years ago.

Other community partners such as Global Point Logistics, TST Overland Express, and Winslow Gerolamy Motors Ltd. have ensured that cleaned coats can be stored and then transported to distribution locations throughout the City and County of Peterborough.

Donated items are collected in the Spring for distribution in the Fall.

Labour and United Way

The partnership between the Canadian Labour Congress and United Way Centraide Canada developed more than 30 years ago as a way of ensuring workers and their families had access to social services in their communities. Locally the partnership is represented by United Way Peterborough & District and the Peterborough and District Labour Council.

United Way’s Labour Programs and Services has been engaged with community partners in establishing The Workers Action Centre whose primary focus has been to advocate for an increase to the minimum wage and address the growing issue of precarious employment and its impact on working people in our community.

United Way Peterborough is proud to be the Community Entity for the Federally Funded Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS)

About HPS Funding: The HPS program is committed to ensuring that vulnerable Canadians who experience extended or repeated periods of homelessness have access to quality housing through a Housing First approach. Housing First involves giving people who are homeless a place to live, and then providing necessary supports to help them stabilize their lives and recover.

About the HPS Funded Project: From April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017, Fourcast will be provided with a total of $263,000 over the funding period, to support the work of the Homelessness Coordinated Response Team (HCRT). HCRT has been working collaboratively for the past three years to leverage existing supports for those experiencing homelessness living in the emergency shelters or in the community.

About United Way Peterborough’s Role in HPS: For over 7 years, UWP has been overseeing the distribution and use of HPS funds in Peterborough, accountable to both a volunteer Community Advisory Board, comprised of seasoned local leaders working in housing and homelessness, and the Federal government.
• In the fall of 2014, UWP’s Community Advisory Board held an open call for applications. All applications received by the volunteer Community Advisory Board were assessed for fit to the RFP and the HPS program criteria established by the Federal Government.

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Petes Plaid Night


Today in the Pat Casey Alumni room at the Memorial Centre, Jim Russell CEO of the United Way of Peterborough and District together with the 2017 Campaign Chair Neil Morton announced that Thursday November 2 will be Plaid Night at the Peterborough Petes game against the Sarnia Sting. Coining a neologism, Morton implored everyone to…

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