What's New


Change Starts Here – This is Rob’s Story



Giving is about people. Your local love can truly change a life, right here in the city and county of Peterborough. This is one story.
Thank-you to our community partners who gave Rob the support he needed to change his life. Thank-you to everyone who has donated to our campaign and invested in our friends, family and neighbours.
But mostly, thank you to Rob for your courage to change your life and share your story.
There is still time to give. Please visit our website to make a donation today. https://give.unitedway.ca/donate/WPETER
Film Credits: Megan Murphy & FilmKelly


Innovation Funding – Call for applications!

UWP Innovation Funding – Call for applications Now Open!

Non-profit organizations play an important role in tackling the problems of a fast-changing society. Through its Innovation Fund, UWP seeks to support nonprofit innovators, whether small or large, to design and/or deliver new initiatives that meet the community priorities identified within this RFP. Projects funded through the innovation fund should be a beta-test of a new idea or a research project designed to build a deeper understanding of community issues. This request for proposal is for one-time funding where up to $75,000 will be distributed.

Release of Request for Proposals Feb 6, 2018
Orientation and Coaching for Interested Applicants Month of Feb, 2018
–> Deadline for Applications March 9,2018  (5pm)
UWP review of Submissions Mid/Late March 2018
Funding Decisions Late March/early April

To see the full details and application requirements please click here.

Should you have any questions about this opportunity please direct them to Lisa Smith, Director Philanthropic Impact: lsmith@uwpeterborough.ca or (705) 742-8839 ext 29.



Buy a Backpack, Thank a Teacher

Are you considering a teacher’s gift and stuck on how to say thank you for a great school year? Consider giving your child’s teacher the gift of giving back. Purchase a backpack full of school supplies for $15 in support of United Way Peterborough’s Back Pack for Kids program.

The teacher will be given a certificate in their name and in September, this backpack will be given to a student in need to ensure they are ready to learn with a backpack full of school supplies.

Sometimes the best way to show gratitude to someone is to pay it forward.

For more information or to purchase a Backpack, call United Way Peterborough at 705-742-8839 x32 and ask for Stephanie.

Click here to download a donation form



Office Hours for the week of May 29th, 2017

UW hours

It’s a busy week at United Way Peterborough & District.  If you’re looking for us, here are our hours for the week!

UWP office hours for week of May 29th:

Monday May 29th: closed at 3:30 for a strategic planning meeting

Thursday (June 1) & Friday (June 2): closed all day for National Conference in Toronto


Coats for Kids and Grown-Ups Too


Coatsforkidsposter Collection 2017

United Way of Peterborough & District’s Coats for Kids and Grown-Ups Too program strives to ensure that children and their families will be warm during the winter by providing clean, gently-used winter wear to children, youth, and adults in Peterborough City and County.


This program provides much needed relief to local families as one in six children in Peterborough lives in poverty. 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.


Coats for Kids is possible due to the generous support of Peterborough residents, community organizations, and program partners. Since 1986, individuals and families have donated gently worn winter wear which is then cleaned at no cost to the program by local dry cleaning providers. Grainger Cleaners, Kent Cleaners, Lakefield Cleaners, and Windsor’s Dry Cleaning Centre have been active and committed program partners since the program began 29 years ago.


This year, winter coat collection will take place Monday, May 8 to Saturday, May 13, at the following locations:

Kent Cleaners – 183 Lansdowne St E

Grainger Cleaners – 885 Lansdowne Street W

LakefieldCleaners – Moody Plaza, Lakefield

Windsor’s Cleaners – Parkhill Plaza, Monaghan Rd

Windsor’s Cleaners – Kawartha Hts Plaza,1600 Lansdowne St

Windsor’s Cleaners – Riverview Plaza, Water St & Marina Blvd


Other community partners such as Global Point Logistics and McWilliams Moving & Storage have ensured that cleaned coats can be stored.


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.


Click here for a printable flyer to share!

– 30 –



For more information contact:

Lisa Smith

Director, Philanthropic Impact

United Way Peterborough & District

(705) 742-8839 ext 29

2017 Campaign Chair Announcement

2017 Campaign Chair Announcement

2017 Campaign Chair Announcement

Jim Russell, CEO United Way Peterborough & District announced today at the United Way office on Stewart Street that local social media maverick and entrepreneur, Neil Morton would Chair the 2017 Community Campaign.

Russell made the announcement saying, “Neil’s leadership style, social media expertise, deep roots in the community, and entrepreneurial spirit are widely known and highly valued.”

Neil is the son of David Morton former head of Quaker in Peterborough. Having moved to Peterborough at a young age, Neil developed a profound love for the community. He attended Adam Scott and graduated from Trent with an honours degree in history and English.

He moved to Toronto to study journalism at Ryerson University and for 18 years worked as Magazine/Digital editor for multiple publishing companies before returning to Peterborough with his family, as part of a lifestyle choice.

Mr. Morton is Co-Founder of the digital media company PTBOCanada.com and Co-Founder of the boutique social advertising agency StudioPTBO.com. He sits on the board of the Peterborough Chamber, is an expert-in-residence on social media/branding at the Innovation Cluster, and is a Founding Member of the grassroots entrepreneurial organization Startup Peterborough (local chapter of Startup Canada). Morton does regular public speaking on branding, social media, marketing and positivity.  Morton resides in Peterborough with his wife, Christi, and teenage daughters, Avery & Chloe. He loves Peterborough & plaid.

“The Campaign will launch this year on Sept 19th, and I am in the midst of putting the final touches on this year’s Campaign Cabinet. In fact I am happy to announce this morning that Robert Gauvreau has agreed to be vice chair for the campaign. I will be looking to round out the team with eager, Peterborough loving champions!”


For more information, please contact;

Jim Russell, CEO

United Way Peterborough & District

T: 705-742-8839

E: jrussell@uwpeterborough.ca