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

The 2019 Campaign for the United Way in Durham Region marked the 79th anniversary of service for the United Way in this community. While much has changed in the past 79 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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