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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.

What's New

Open Position – Volunteer Board of Directors Member
Are you or someone you know a community leader? Poverty touches most aspects of a person’s life from food, shelter, and employment, to mental and physical well-being. The mission of United Way Peter...
Reaching Home – Community Advisory Board Call for New Members
We are currently seeking to add new volunteer members to the Community Advisory Board Our volunteer Community Advisory Board (CAB) helps to set direction and coordinate efforts to address homelessnes...
Holiday Closure
Happy Holidays! If you haven’t made your gift it is not too late.. It is easy to donate safely online by clicking “Donate Now” on this site You can bring your gift to our administrat...
United Way Announces New Reaching Home Investments totalling $264,907
United Way Peterborough & District CEO Jim Russell announced the most recent funding recipients supported by Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. As the Community Entity, United Way Pe...
Recipients of the Inaugural Women United Fund Announced
“Tough economic times are often toughest on women and women-led families. I applaud every agency working to support women and the most vulnerable in our community." Maryam Monsef, Founding Chair of ...
2022-23 Community Impact Report Released
Today at their Stewart Street office, United Way Peterborough & District announced its Community Impact Report. The Community Impact Report, titled “UNITED. Together We Can…” highlights the ...

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