Thank you to the incredible teams who came together for our 2024 Day of Caring!

United Way Peterborough & District is committed to creating positive change in our community and we appreciate the important work that all of our local not for profit agencies do to support our mission of building a strong, vibrant and equitable community for us all.

Our 2024 Day of Caring volunteer initiative,on Friday, June 14th saw more than 50 volunteers from workplace teams come together to  support local agencies in completing projects on their “Wish List” that staff simply did not have time to do that will enhance their client’s experience!

Teams from BMO, IG Wealth Management, Peterborough & District Labour Council, RBC Commercial Banking, RBC Branches and Scotiabank rolled up their sleeves to dismantled furniture, rebuild community closets, plant gardens, repair and paint parking lots and build planter boxes for local not for profits on this one day blitz.

Our 2024 Partners in Caring, The Home Depot, RBC, IG Wealth Management  and Councillor Kevin Dugay made certain that the costs for all projects were covered – from lumber and screws to medicinal plants, soil and perennial flowers!

Teams completed projects submitted by Big Brothers Big Sisters Peterborough, Community Counselling Resource Centre, Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough, Crossroads, One City, Peterborough Child & Family Centres, YES Shelter for Youth & Families, and the YWCA Administrative office:

Our team from BMO worked to beautify the front gardens at YES Shelter for Youth & Families by cleaning, mulching, weeding and planting perennials so that shelter residents could feel a sense of welcome and improve the community relations.

The Scotiabank team volunteered to Revamp the clothing closet at the Trinity Community Centre for One City – the clothing “closet” sees anywhere from 50-100 guests throughout a day have the opportunity to choose new clothes and hygiene items. To make the space more accessible and organized, Scotiabank volunteers  removed some existing shelves, added rails to allow for clothes to be placed on hangers and  reinstalled the old shelves in a new location alternate location to allow for more storage, easier access and visibility of items!

Our IG Wealth Management team were a Partner in Caring, both donating funds so that all of the projects could go ahead AND sent their volunteers to clean up and repair the parking lot at Big Brothers Big Sisters Peterborough.  The IG team used cold patch to  repair a small area of the parking lot, swept and removed debris before measuring, marking and painting new parking lines!

Our RBC Branch team divided into two groups to complete projects for both the YWCA Administrative Office and the Crossroads Shelter. At the YWCA, volunteers repaired a raised garden bed, filled it with fresh soil and planted beautiful lavender plants & perennials for their staff and visitors to enjoy for years to come.

Their second team planted medicinal and ceremonial grasses, ground covers, plants and perennials, along with milkweed, so that youth who visit are able to watch the Monarch butterflies!

The incredible team from Peterborough & District Labour Council completed two projects for both Community Counseling Resource Centre AND Peterborough Child & Family Centres and did they work!!
The team completed office and program space clean up that included dismantling and removing office furniture, donating slavageable items to Vinnies then took the items not suitable for donation to the recycling depot and waste management facility!

The Commercial Banking Team from RBC sweated it out to build 50 planter boxes, one for each resident at the modular housing community on Wolfe Street in a 2 hour time period!

Using lumber donated by The Home Depot, this amazing team of more than 15 RBC’rs constructed each box under the guidance of Councillor Kevin Dugay then, filled with soil and compost donated by the City of Peterborough and planted beattiful flowers donated by Farmboy and vegetable plants grown by the students at TASS.  Truly a collaborative effort!

Beyond giving of their time, the RBC Foundation is covering the costs of not only the 3 projects that RBC volunteers completed but also contributing to the other 6 projects in our 2024 Day of Caring!

Thank you @rbc for your commitment to building a strong, healthy and inclusive community for us all!

Our 2023 Day of Caring event was an enormous success! 🙌🏼

More than 50 volunteers came together on Friday, June 16th 2023, for a day filled with volunteer work and community building.  Our 2023 Day of Caring was a wonderful opportunity to give back to our community and make a real difference in the lives of those around us.

Local not for profit organizations were invited to share a wish list project that they just could not complete without help and, United Way Peterborough & District put out a call to find volunteers who were passionate about helping everyone in our community to thrive.  The seven rojects ranged from gardening and landscaping to minor building projects and repairs and, even included the opportunity to prepare and serve one of our Partner Agency’s volunteers at a thank you lunch!

We would like to send a huge thank you to the UWP Board of Directors and Campaign Cabinet, as well as the corporate teams who, not only run Community Campaigns for United Way, but also are the first to volunteer to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to help our neighbours in the City and County of Peterborough.  🙏 RBC, Scotiabank, BMO and CIBC!


Check out coverage of the day

June 16,2023: Peterborough Examiner – Peterborough shows its spirit for the Day of Caring


We are already looking for our 2024 Partners in Caring!

When your company chooses to sponsor our Day of Caring, your generous donation will be used to promote our 2024 event,  as well as to secure the neccessary supplies to complete projects submitted by local not for profit agencies, and, to provide comfort items such as snacks and t-shirts for our volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your business as one of the many who are helping to improve the quality of life for our neighbours in the City and County of Peterborough.

Reach out to our Development & Communications Officer Sara Mountenay to learn more about becoming a Partner in Caring!


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