United Way Durham Region

"Designate Durham" or "Give Where You Live" - The cornerstone of a better community

“Give Where You Live” is at the core the United Way mission in Durham. We believe in the notion which has been espoused by many: Think globally, Act locally. Hunger, shelter, support for families in crisis or assistance with mental health issues. All can be accomplished here in Durham by “Designating Durham” and giving where you live.

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Campaign 2015 - More than charitable - Building a better community...together!

Helping those less fortunate is no longer a simple matter of charitable kindness or good will. In the 21st century it has become a strategic economic driver and a mark of a more prosperous and vibrant community. The rapid and dramatic nature of change and the local economic impacts of situations which began, often in other nations or on other continents, has created many and complex problems for communities. In these times a coordinated and multi factorial approach to community problem solving is more important than ever before.

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

The 2015 Campaign for the United Way in Durham Region will mark the 75th anniversary of service for the United Way in this community. While much has changed in the past 75 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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Ride4UnitedWay Gran Fondo che i benefici 2015

On Aug. 16th 2015 hundreds of cyclists took to the road in Durham to enjoy not only a “great day on the bike” but additionally support agencies, programs and services which help many tens of thousands of people locally.

Proud to be a featured event in the inaugural Durham Festival!

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Homelessness Partnering Strategy 2014-2019

United Way Durham Region is pleased to continue its role as Community Entity for the federal government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding initiative. HPS is a community-based program, to stabilize the lives of homeless individuals by providing direct support and funding to communities across Canada.

 

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“A Great Day on The Bike” Ride4UnitedWay - In Durham Region

As fall beckons, the leaves begin to change and we prepare for Thanksgiving, Halloween and the Holidays; cyclists of all ability, shapes and sizes must wait until 2016 to relive a great day on the bike had by all this past August. Almost 400 riders helped to raise just shy of fifty thousand dollars as they enjoyed riding their bike in 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, Anthony Cirelli and Mitchell Vande Sompel 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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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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"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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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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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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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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