Mayoral Debate on Homelessness Oct. 5

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Building Community

Check out our 2022 recipients of $25,00 in Neighbourhood Funding!

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Supporting Nonprofit Innovators

$65,685 Invested through our Innovation Fund grant to Peterborough Culinary Collaborative: A Recipe for Success

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Mission Statement

Empower everyone to improve lives and build strong communities.

Vision Statement

Everyone in every community has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

United Way Peterborough & District Values

• Demonstrate trust, integrity, respect, inclusivity and transparency
• Energize and inspire volunteerism and volunteer leadership
• Endorse innovation, partnerships and collective action
• Provide non-partisan leadership
• Embrace diversity

Land Acknowledgement

Before this area was named Peterborough by settlers, this Anishinaabeg territory was known as Nogojiwanong which is Ojibwa for “place at the end of the rapids”. Nearly 100 years ago, settlers of Canada and seven Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and Chippewa First Nations signed agreements that became known as the Williams Treaties. Peterborough is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) territory, which also includes Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. We respectfully acknowledge that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity, and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.

The Williams Treaties agreements were intended to be the foundation upon which sovereign peoples would build a common relationship but have led to long-standing disputes on crucial issues such as compensation, settlement, and harvesting. We acknowledge the role of colonialism and responsibilities of settlers in these ongoing conflicts that have resulted in intergenerational traumas and inequities for Indigenous Peoples.

One inequity that Indigenous People face as a consequence of colonialism is housing instability. There is a growing overrepresentation of Indigenous People experiencing homelessness in the City of Peterborough, with about 27% of this year’s Point in Time count respondents identifying as Indigenous. May we take a moment to reflect on the fact that the percentage of Indigenous people that are currently experiencing homelessness in Peterborough is almost 10 times higher than the percentage of Indigenous People in Peterborough’s total population. As we take action to support people experiencing poverty in Peterborough, may we learn from local Indigenous people, incorporate cultural sensitivity, and understand housing stability as an act of reconciliation.


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Children and youth accessed programs to reach their highest potential.



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What's New

Mayoral Debate on Homelessness Announced for October 5, 2022
Homelessness in Peterborough has been a growing issue. The most recent Point-in-Time Count found that 47 people were sleeping rough the night of the survey, which is a 350% increase from the previous ...
United Way Peterborough and District Launches 2022 Campaign with Live, In Person Breakfast
Yesterday morning, the Healthy Planet Arena was buzzing at 7:00 a.m. as almost 200 people gathered, in-person, for breakfast to launch United Way Peterborough & District’s 81st Community Campaig...
United Way Peterborough & District Releases the 2021 Point-in-Time Count
A survey of people experiencing homelessness in the City of Peterborough Today at Brock Mission, the United Way of Peterborough and District released the 2021 Point-in-Time Count. CEO Jim Russell expl...
United Ways across Ontario call for action on toughest issues facing Ontarians in Open Letter to Premier Doug Ford
United Way leaders identify Housing Security, Income Security and Inclusive Employment, Inclusive Communities and Support for the Social Services Sector as social issues of focus. July 6, 2022 – Ye...
Our 2022 Innovation Fund Recipient is Peterborough Culinary Collaborative: A Recipe for Success
Nourish – YWCA Peterborough Haliburton is the 2022 recipient of $65,685 in funding through the Innovation Fund for their pilot project “Peterborough Culinary  Collaborative:  A  Recipe ...
Meet our 2022 Neighbourhood Fund Recipients
We are so pleased to announce the 8 recipients of our 2022 Neighbourhood Fund totaling $25,000. The UWP Neighbourhood Fund provides small, one-time grants to support informal groups of individuals tha...

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