United Way Durham Region

12-12-12

Making a difference can be easy, safe and fast. We know that these are challenging and difficult times. We know that the challenges faced by some can be much more profound and complicated than those faced by others. We also know that simple solutions to complex problems are often not solutions at all. That being said: From our perspective doing something to help is greatly preferable to doing nothing. Doing something can be as simple as going on line and donating 12 dollars, take 12 minutes and send the link and your personal reasons for doing something to 12 friends. In so doing you will be making a great statement.

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73rd United Way Campaign In Durham Launched

“Campaign for the Community”. Created in the depths of the Second World War, the predecessor to the current United Way was designed to coordinate a broad community wide effort to help those disadvantaged and most in need during the war. The concept was to help those who needed it in an efficient, effective and coordinated fashion. “The original idea, the notion that optimizing donor value in difficult times is the best way to help people is just as important, if not more so today, than perhaps at any time in our history”. There can be no doubt that we are all experiencing the impacts of the recent state of economic dislocation and rapid rate of change which has affected so many” says United Way Campaign Director, Robert Howard. “Bringing the entire community together in common cause is a positive response and a great way to help ensure the vitality and resilience of a community in these times”, he continues.

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Designate Durham

“Designate Durham – Giving where you live”
The United Way is uniquely positioned to facilitate the desire “to support my community” expressed by so many who give charitably in Canada. Helping your neighbours, friends, perhaps family or co-workers is at the core of our natural instinct to help those who are less advantaged or who may be experiencing difficult times. The creation of the United Way of Durham Region has now made it easier, safer and more efficient than ever for people who live in Durham but work outside of the Region to support their local community. Donors to the United Way may now designate their United Way donation to the United Way of Durham Region. Whether you give on-line at work, or use pledge cards, make a one time donation or give through payroll deduction, “Designating Durham” will ensure that your good intentions and generosity of spirit help you build a better community in your own backyard. When we invest in the human capital infrastructure in our community we are doing more than be charitable, we are contributing to the construction of a critical piece of infrastructure in the prosperity architecture of the 21st century. Thank you in advance for your support and thank you for helping us spread this word.

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"Drive and Give"

Pro Oil Change in Ajax is offering the “Drive and Give” Program.  For the Town of Ajax Employee’s 10% of their vehicle maintenance purchases at Pro Oil Change will be donated to the United Way Durham Region.

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Points4UnitedWay

“Teaming up to build a better community” is at the core of why we were created more than 70 years ago. We are proud to be “Teaming up” with the Oshawa Generals, and particularly proud that Michael Dal Colle, Cole Cassels and Scott Laughton will be scoring points on the ice and helping to build a better community for all as our “Scoring Ambassadors for the United Way”.

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2012 Campaign Update

On March 21, 2013 agencies, banks, businesses, school board members, counselors, mayors and volunteers gathered at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet facility to celebrate the close of the 2012 United Way campaign.  Surpassing previous years, the final fundraising total was $3,879,043. This reflects a 5.19% growth in a year in which we experienced more speed bumps and head winds than we have typically encountered.  It is a great accomplishment and we hope everyone is as proud of their hard work and contribution as we are grateful for it.

 

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70+ Years of Service - A legacy we're proud to carry on.

The 2012 Campaign for the United Way in Durham Region will mark the 72nd anniversary of service for the United Way in this community. While much has changed in the past 70+ years there are more than a few constants. Coming together as a community, in good times and in difficult times, to help those less advantaged is something we hope will never go out of fashion.

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Great Venue and Great Partnership

The General Motors Centre has been host to big names such as Elton John, the Wiggles, The Tragically Hip and Marianas Trench, but it is also the place you can go to take in sporting events like the Oshawa Generals hockey games, Durham TurfDogs and more!

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Ride4UnitedWay – A great turnout for a “great day on the bike”

The 4th annual Ride4UnitedWay was the biggest and most successful to date. It was a beautiful and sunny day (although a little hot), more than 400 cyclists took off from Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Centre in Bowmanville following a Police escort and a 2012 VW Passat as our pace car, and proceeded on courses ranging from 25K to 160K. All of the fund raising pledges are not yet in, but we are on pace to exceed our previous record of slightly more than fourty four thousand dollars in total.

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Thank You! Mayor(s), Councillors, volunteers and all riders

We were thrilled with the enthusiasm and participation in this year’s Durham Waterfront Community “Ride With the Mayor(s)”. Fortunately the anticipated (and called for) rain did not appear, and we were able to enjoy the courses and the support of all of the volunteers on dry pavement and without resorting to rain gear! It was great to see the support of our local Mayors and Councillors who joined us.

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Serving all of Durham Region

The final steps in the process to create the United Way of Durham Region have now been completed. For more than 40 years there were two United Ways serving in Durham. (The United Way of Oshawa/Whitby was created 70 years ago. It later added the communities of Clarington and the townships of Brock & Scugog) About 40 years ago the Ajax/Pickering United Way was formed, and Uxbridge was added a number of years ago. The Boards of both United Ways, working with the enthusiastic support of the United Way of Canada voted to take the necessary steps to form a single United Way.

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From the desk of the Intern

I have seen so much that I didn’t know about the United Way and how much they do for people. I had heard of them as many of us have but I never really knew what they were all about. I spent my first week here researching and finding out they work with close to 50 agencies here in our community many in which I had heard of from school, some of which I didn’t know worked with United Way at all…

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From the Desk of the intern part 2

Since January we have had a placement student work with us.  She has been a hardworking, dedicated individual who wanted to experience the fundraising side of working in the social services.  She has taken on many tasks such as event planning and donor relations.  Please read more to see her final review of placing with the United Way.  We will miss her!

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