Community Initiatives

Looking for a way to connect with peers, support a cause you believe in, meet new people, or grow your experience?

Check out our annual initiatives for opportunities to volunteer!

Menstruation products are a basic necessity. But if you’re living in poverty – or vulnerable in other ways – access to tampons, pads, cups or menstrual underwear, can be challenging.

Tampon Tuesday, a collaboration between United Way,  the Peterborough & District Labour Council and Bell Media’s Pure Country 105 and Move 99.7 is an initiative  that mobilizes local citizens to be a part of the solution.

Collection points will be open for the month of March with our 2024 Tampon Tuesday collection will happen on Tuesday, March 26th.

Learn more about how you can get involved

Seeing is Believing tours are your opportunity to understand other people’s realities, by engaging your employees, coworkers, volunteers, family or friends in finding out more about UWP’s community-building work.

Expect to be inspired, engaged, surprised, and witness – up close – the impact of your contribution on creating long lasting social change.

To find out more or, to book a tour for your team, please contact Anne Ondercin , Director of Philanthropy.

Our Day of Caring event brings the community together while demonstrating the power of volunteering. Local businesses partner with United Way Peterborough & District to assist in completing projects at United Way funded agencies. These projects vary and can include construction, restoration, community special events or agency work. By providing a team of volunteers, companies help member agencies complete important tasks.

Our Day of Caring is a unique event that allows businesses to get directly involved in their own community while promoting team building, boosting morale, and increasing  your company’s community profile. The Day of Caring program connects businesses with volunteer opportunities that matter to you and your community.

Learn more about how to become involved

Women United Peterborough is a collective of women, those who identify as women and their allies who contribute their time, treasure and talent to create a community where young girls and women can thrive.

Locally, the movement is a network of strong female philanthropists and their allies who donate $1,200 or more each year.  Through mentorship, advocacy and amplification of marginalized voices, Women United members work to empower women, those who identify as women, girls and their families and work to reduce and remove economic and social barriers so the next generation of girls and women can lead to their full potential.

Interested in learning more about the challenges facing women in their community and the resources available to those in need?

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Since the Backpacks for Success program launched locally in 2003, United Way Peterborough & District has provided more than 13,000 backpacks containing grade-appropriate school supplies to local youth in Kindergarten through Grade 12 who are financially vulnerable.

Each year, this program sees community donors and volunteers come together to make a tangible difference by ensuring that local students are provided with the tools they need to be successful.

Learn how you can get involved!

We know the need for warm winter coats in our community is great, not just for local youth but for economically vulnerable adults as well. In 2023, we collected and distributed 1,844 coats to residents of Peterborough City and County who were unable to purchase their own.

Find out how your team can volunteer in this annual collection drive!

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