Care. Hope. Vote!

Care. Hope. Vote! Peterborough, was launched September 10, 2019 by 19 community groups as an innovative on-line and in-person initiative to highlight social issues in Peterborough City and County during the 2019 Federal election.

The goals of the initiative are to increase awareness of social issues and their local importance; to support a positive reason to vote; and to provide practical information and support related to the voting process.

Click here for more information!

Kicking off the 7th Annual Paint the Town Red event!

Today near the Hunter Street alley, Jim Russell CEO of United Way of Peterborough & District was joined by Campaign Chair, David Goyette, along with a variety of participating restaurants to announce the launch of the 7th annual Paint the Town Red event. Last year’s event raised over $16,000 bringing the total to over $75,000 since 2013.

On Wednesday July 17th, a record-breaking 34 participating restaurants will be donating 25% of their daily sales to support United Way Community Campaign.

Says Goyette, “I am thrilled be part of Paint the Town Red this year and even more excited to see restaurants in the County of Peterborough participating for the first time including: Jack’s Restaurant in Lakefield and Rallis Burger Family Restaurant in Bridgenorth.”

 United Way Development Officer and Event Coordinator, Erica Richmond says “This is truly my favourite event of the year. I believe that food has the power to bring people together and this is consistently demonstrated during this event as community members support local businesses who are supporting our community. It’s a full circle of support bound together by food, conversation and local love.”

Let’s show our local restaurants how much we appreciate their generosity – visit them on July 17th and while you’re there, share your experience on social media, using the hashtag #PaintPtboRed.

For a full list of participating restaurants, see below or please visit:


2019 Paint the Town Red Participating Restaurants


Ashburnham Ale House

BE Catering

Black Honey

The Boardwalk Board Game Lounge

Chick-a-biddy Acres (Wednesday Market)

Cora Peterborough

Cork & Bean

Dodrio Bubble Tea, Anime Cafe & Game Lounge

The Edison

Fresh Dreams



Hunter Street Tavern

Island Cream

Jack’s Restaurant – Lakefield & Peterborough Locations

Kettle Drums

La Hacienda

La Mesita Restaurante

Night Kitchen

The Olde Stone Brewing Company

The Only Café

Pita Pit – George Street


Rallis Burger Family Restaurant

Real Thai Cuisine

Riley’s Pub

Sam’s Place

Silver Bean Cafe

St Veronus

Sunset Grill

Tiny Greens: Vegan Plant Cafe

Turnball Cafe


Announcing: #LocalLove Showcase of UWP Neighbourhood Fund!

Media Release:

Last night, at their Annual General Meeting, United Way Peterborough & District (UWP) provided a showcase of Local Love as they profiled several of their Neighbourhood Funded programs and initiatives from 2018 and announced the 2019 recipients.

The Neighbourhood Fund provides small, one-time grants to support groups of individuals that are working together to improve their neighbourhood, defined as a physical place or a connection of people, within the City and County of Peterborough.

United Way Neighbourhood Funding is used to enhance resident engagement and leadership while offering valuable opportunities for residents to get to know their neighbours and engage in their community.

In its second year, the Neighbourhood Fund initiative distributed $20,000 in grants ranging from $500-$5,000.

Jim Russell, UWP CEO acknowledged the generosity of an anonymous community member whose donation funded the 2019 projects, “We are so lucky to have a donor come forward and support the idea of small micro grants to neighbourhood initiatives. We know that a little money can leverage a lot of goodwill and capacity.”


2018 Neighbourhood Fund Projects

Sacred Fire
Neighbours Fighting Poverty
McDonnel Street Neighbours
Wild Eats
The River Magazine
Men Supporting Men
Youth Advisory Committee (PYS)
Warming Room
Summer Street Festival
Creating Space
Carol’s Place

2018 Labour Project

Peterborough Precarious Employment Research Initiative (PERI)

2019 Neighbourhood Fund Projects

Communication Displays at Riverview Park and Zoo
Neighbourhood Discovery Mural
Garden Stewardship Program
INSPIRE: Women’s Portrait Project
Peterborough Folk Festival
The River Magazine
One Roof Community Centre Finances and ID Hub

2019 Labour Project

Peterborough Precarious Employment Research Initiative (PERI)

Click here for more information about our Neighbourhood Fund, including a brief description of all recipients, please click here

Videos of each project who were at our AGM can be found on our YouTube Channel. Click here for full playlist.


May We Introduce…. our 2019 Campaign Cabinet Team!

This morning on the front lawn of the United Way of Peterborough and District office, David Goyette, 2019 Campaign Chair enthusiastically announced the 2019 Campaign Cabinet Team.

“I am proud to introduce this immensely committed team, and I thank them all for their time, energy and commitment,” stated Goyette.

The Cabinet Team holds an incredible responsibility. They are a hands-on team who are carefully selected based on their specific skills and dedication to making our community stronger. Members of the team will assist with key decision making around Campaign strategies, making phone calls to donors, visiting workplaces and organizing events.

And speaking of events – we have a long list of knock your socks off events coming up! Some of them are old favourites such as our Golf Tournament, Paint the Town Red and the United Way Petes game (with a twist). New events include: a 4-hour fundraising concert at Showplace featuring the best of Peterborough’s musical talent; a fashion show showcasing elegant women’s styles and costuming from the 1950s and 1960s; a major sledge hockey tournament involving local and provincial athletes; a promotional sports radio fundraiser featuring aspiring sports commentators; a community guitar jam and more!!

Details about these events and sponsorship opportunities will be available in the very near future.

Joining Goyette, was an ebullient Jim Russell CEO of the United Way. “We are pretty pumped by this line-up of community stars. We knew coming into this years Campaign that we would need to have a stellar team, in particular because of the upcoming federal election,” noted Russell reflecting on the particular challenge for 2019 of competing for the hearts and minds of the public.


Our 2019 Campaign Cabinet Team!!

David Goyette Campaign Chair, government relations and communications
Jeff Leal Donor engagement
Heather Stelzer Donor engagement
Marcus Harvey Labour Sector
Dave Haacke Real Estate and Developer Sectors
Ron Kronstein Corporations Sector
Darcy Bonner Leadership and Commercial Sectors
Tammy Williams Legal Sector
Heather Watson Communications
Brittany Cadence Communications
Paul Rellinger Communications and Events
Donna Clarke Communications and Events
Victoria Pearce Communications and Events
Lisa Marinzel Partner Agency Sector
Correen Day Partner Agency Sector
Larry Gillman Event Sponsorship

Fleming Students Showcase Creative Ideas To Raise Awareness about Homelessness

Jim Russell CEO of the United Way of Peterborough and District joined students and faculty from Fleming College to showcase the work of students in the Graphic Design and Visual Communications Program.

This was the second year that a class from the program has worked with the United Way to develop marketing and communications concepts, applying the skills and knowledge they have learned to a “real world experience.”

Matt Stimpson, one of two course instructors, said of the experience, “it was important to push the students this year and we were excited to have them focus on the issue of homelessness in our community.”

Students Meagan Pollard and Kim Russell led the presentations with a concept that focused on myth busting stereotypes about people experiencing homelessness, including the notion that “I chose to be homeless.”

Coming a close second was the student team of Emma Clark, Alex Macneill, Max Dickomeit with a campaign that focused on “Stop Ignoring It” which presented the idea of physical installations, cars, bus shelters, and asked people to see these as makeshift homes.

“Off the hook fantastic!” an impressed Russell proclaimed. “what impressed me the most beyond the creativity, is the sensitivity with which all the students approached the task.”

Joining students as well was Fleming College President Maureen Adamson, who highlighted the role that Fleming plays in preparing students for the workforce and adding “we are proud of all our faculty and the students we graduate.”

Read article in Peterborough This week.

Board Membership Opportunity

We are currently looking to fill two positions on our Board of Directors team, each for a 3-year term with potential to renew for a 2nd term.

While we encourage anyone to apply, we are particularly looking for individuals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

As a board member you will have the opportunity to:

  • attend monthly meetings of roughly two-hours to review the business of the organization
  • volunteer for committees or projects to further the goals of the organization. (While we operate as a governance board, members are encouraged to participate actively.)
    • projects include, but are not limited to: Finance Committee, Community Impact Committee and engagement in Special Events

Those interested in this position, should send their CV along with a brief letter of interest to Jim Russell: by 4:30pm May 21, 2019.

Carol’s Place Volunteers Announced As Recipients For 2019 Scholfield Award For Community Distinction

United Way of Peterborough & District today announced the 2019 recipient of the Scholfield Award of Community Distinction. The annual award was established to recognize an individual or organization for their outstanding contribution and ability to mobilize change within the community.

The 2019 recipient is Carol’s Place, in particular, their volunteers. Carol’s Place is a gathering place for people that was open in the morning and early evening, in the hours when local hot-meal programs and overnight shelters were closed. It was named in honour of Carol Winter, who devoted her life to helping the homeless, the poor and the marginalized in Peterborough. It was her dream to create a place where people in need could go, at any time of day.

Carol’s Place was a safe and inclusive place for anyone to gather. They provided a listening ear and information about services available. They also have a supply of donated clothing and items (camping supplies, first aid kits, insect repellent etc.) for those who need them. At Christmas time, they donated backpacks filled with supplies to those in need.

It was operational until December 31st, 2018 when they were evicted from their location at Peterborough Square. Dan and other volunteers are currently advocating and fundraising to find a new location.

The volunteers who have made Carol’s Place possible include: Dan Hennessey, Judy Jordan, Glenn Goodberry, Susan Gontier, Darlene Boyle and Janet Wilkins.

Michael Andrews, United Way Board member and selection committee member said, “volunteers are the life blood of many organizations, and United Way is proud to recognize these often unsung heroes in our community.”

Past award recipients have been Bill Strode, John Martyn, People First, Survivors Abreast, Marie Bongard, and Roy Brady, Stephen Kylie, Faith Dickinson and most recently Marion Burton.