Just in time for Paint the Town Red on Wednesday, July 19th, United Way Peterborough & District has launched mobile giving as part of its 2017 campaign. Local Foodies who can’t join in at Paint the Town Red (or even if they can) can now donate $20 to United Way Peterborough at any time via text message by texting UWPTBO to 20222.
"I am excited that UW Peterborough is innovating like this, and using technology to make it easy for people to donate on demand," says United Way 2017 Chair/PTBOCanada Co-Founder Neil Morton. "UW Peterborough is one of the first United Way organizations in Canada to implement mobile giving, and the smallest city to do so."
“The United Way Peterborough team will be making a strong push on social media and at local events to get the word out about our new text to donate program and we hope our community partners will spread the word as well," says Lisa Smith, Director of Philanthropic Impact, at UPW Ptbo.
HOW "TEXT TO GIVE" WORKS
-> Diners can make a $20 donation to United Way of Peterborough & District by texting UWPTBO to 20222.
-> Text to donate will be available to use throughout the campaign, so mobile users can text to donate at any time.
-> No portion of any amount donated is held by participating wireless providers.
-> United Way Peterborough receives 100% of each donation made by text message.
-> All mobile users can obtain a tax receipt for their donations made via text message by visiting the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada website.
United Way of Peterborough & District’s Coats for Kids and Grown-Ups Too program strives to ensure that children and their families will be warm during the winter by providing clean, gently-used winter wear to children, youth, and adults in Peterborough City and County.
This program provides much needed relief to local families as one in six children in Peterborough lives in poverty. Families continue to deal with sharply rising costs of living and simply don’t have the means to purchase clothing to stay warm during the harsh winter months.
Coats for Kids is possible due to the generous support of Peterborough residents, community organizations, and program partners.
Since 1986, individuals and families have donated gently worn winter wear which is then cleaned at no cost to the program by local dry cleaning providers. Grainger Cleaners, Kent Cleaners, Lakefield Cleaners, and Windsor’s Dry Cleaning Centre have been active and committed program partners since the program began 29 years ago.
This year, winter coat collection will take place Monday, May 8th to Saturday, May 13th at the following locations:
-> Kent Cleaners – 183 Lansdowne St E
-> Grainger Cleaners – 885 Lansdowne Street W
-> LakefieldCleaners – Moody Plaza, Lakefield
-> Windsor’s Cleaners – Parkhill Plaza, Monaghan Rd
-> Windsor’s Cleaners – Kawartha Hts Plaza,1600 Lansdowne St
-> Windsor’s Cleaners – Riverview Plaza, Water St & Marina Blvd
Other community partners such as Global Point Logistics and McWilliams Moving & Storage have ensured that cleaned coats can be stored.
United Way Peterborough & District invests in a network of essential services to help children and families in need, seniors, and individuals struggling with life’s challenges. The Coats for Kids program is just one of many ways UW helps those in need in the community.
As the United Way of Peterborough and District continues to fundraise to reach this year's goal of $2,562,172—PRHC alone raised more than $91,000 for the campaign, it was announced this week—they have a number of events currently running. Your support and generosity is needed for our community as the campaign makes its final push for this year. Check out their Events page for more ways that you can help, and see the poster below for more info on fundraising.
Family Day (Monday, February 21st) is a day to help beat off those winter blahs and spend the day enjoying precious time with your family. If you have kids, what better way to spend it then at the YMCA's Family Fun Day, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members, with proceeds going to the United Way. See the poster below for more deets!
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]