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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The power of possibility.

The pressures of poverty are corrosive and oppressive. There is an adverse impact on individuals and the entire community.

Our job is to help battle poverty and its impacts. To help kids be all they can be and to contribute to a healthier and more vibrant and prosperous community for all.

Our job is to help remove the oppressive nature of hopelessness.

Our job is to crack open the door to possibility.

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What does local love look like?

For almost two decades, Elsie volunteered in her community. She helped coordinate celebrations and holiday gatherings, took time to visit and deliver books to indigent seniors, and she made her famous punch for volunteer appreciation events. After suffering a fall, Elsie found herself in need of the very support she had been providing for so many.

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Operation BackPack

In the fight against poverty, and to mitigate its impacts, early childhood education preparedness is critical.

The “back to school” feeling that, for so many, can be invigorating and a time of excitement and expectation can for others be a daunting time. School supplies and backpacks come with a cost which for some must be weighed against food or accommodation or other expenses.

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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 marked 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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“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 Allan McShane, Serron Noel and Kyle MacLean 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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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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