Fleming College Launches 2015 Campaign

On September 28 Fleming College launched their 2015 United Way Workplace Campaign with a delicious Chilli Cook-Off and announced their goal of $38,295! Thank you Fleming for your strong leadership, enthusiasm and continued support!

Chili Judging

Campaign Chair David Martin and CEO Jim Russell are served chilli from the cook-off winning team: Jeans and Beans

Media Coverage

Fleming College aims to raise $38K for United Way, The Peterborough Examiner – Sept 28, 2015

74th Annual Campaign Launch!


It was a sold-out house at the launch of United Way’s 2015 Campaign as David Martin, this year’s Campaign Chair, announced a goal of $2,290,000.

“The 2015 campaign goal reflects what we feel will best meet the need that has been identified with you, our community. There was much time spent identifying the need – through research and consultation. There was much thought given to prioritizing the need – through outcome measurement and consultation,” said Martin. “And in turn, much time and effort spent on investing in the need through thoughtful and strategic collaborations with the ultimate goal to create opportunities for a better life for all. And so we come to you today to present a campaign goal we feel best reflects our commitment to realizing this vision for our community,” added Martin.

“Our vision for Peterborough is simple…safe, supportive neighbourhoods where community partners work together to ensure everyone is healthy and can participate to make our City and County a better place for all,” said Jim  Russell, CEO United Way Peterborough & District. “Inviting everyone to engage and act on our vision is central to our work. We hope to engage everyone in the community in our work and inspire them to join us in the belief – together we are possibility,” Russell added.

Many businesses and individuals contributed to making today’s campaign launch happen. Special recognition to event sponsors; Presenting Sponsor – Mercedes Benz Peterborough; Supporting Sponsor – Peak Benefit Solutions; Table Sponsors – Ontario Carpet Supermart, Sterling Pools, ReMax Group, Winslow Gerolomy Motors. Thanks to Dan Grady and the ReMax Team for the beautiful red mugs! And thanks to Friendly Fires for the aprons!

Media Coverage

United Way campaign eyes $2.29 million dollar goal, CHEXTV – September 22, 2015

United Way sets its 2015 campaign target, Peterborough Examiner – September 22, 2015

United Way campaign in flight with $2,290,000 goal, Peterborough This Week – September 22, 2015

Youth assisted by United Way goes on to inspire others, Peterborough This Week – September 23, 2015

Coming Together: A Day of Reflection on Poverty

Coming Together: A Day of Reflection on Poverty took place October 15, 1 to 3pm at The Mount Community Centre

In recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Poverty, Peterborough Social Planning Council, Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network, City of Peterborough Social Services Division, and United Way Peterborough & District were proud to host Coming Together: A Day of Reflection on Poverty.

Celebrate and Reflect. The collective aspiration for the day was to inspire people to make a commitment, a pledge, to act purposefully and with intention to end poverty.

Artists, and speakers shared their personal reflections on the question “what does poverty mean to people, to my community, and to me”. The day was filled with music, spoken word, visual arts, videos of people with lived experience, and movement pieces. It was a day of stillness and reflection.

Coming Together Poster


Media Coverage

Group gather to reflect on poverty, Peterborough This Week – October 15, 2015

Spiritual response to poverty marks International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, The Peterborough Examiner – October 16, 2015

2015 Coats for Kids Fall Distribution

Coats for Kids 2015

Photo Credit: Lance Anderson/Peterborough This Week

Media Coverage

Knitting crew needs for wool for winter wear, Trent Hills Independent – October 29, 2015


About Coats for Kids

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.

Many 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. 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.

Coats for Kids is only possible because of the generous support of Peterborough residents, community organizations, and program partners. 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.

United Way Peterborough & District invests in a network of essential services to help children and families in need, seniors, and individuals struggling with life’s challenges. The Coats for Kids program is just one of many ways United Way works to create opportunities for a better life for everyone.


Bike 4 United Way

Bike 4 United Way

Three staff from our local Ontario government ministries volunteered their vacation time, expenses, and energy to ride from Guelph to Kingston.

The goal of the 906 km ride is to support United Way and promote healthy living.

For more information on the B4UW, including the route, rider profiles and how to donate, please visit b4uw.ca.


Media Coverage

Three government workers prepare for gruelling 906-kilometre bike ride, Peterborough This Week – Sept 9, 2015

Cyclists tackling epic journey for United Way, The Peterborough Examiner – Sept 9, 2015

Bike 4 United Way riders roll through Peterborough, Peterborough This Week – Sept 15, 2015

Cyclists pedal for the United Way, The Peterborough Examiner – Sept 15, 2015