Throwdown: Peterborough Police United Way Team Issues Cheeseburger Food Court Eating Challenge

Move over Joey Chestnut, there is a new local food eating challenge on the horizon and it’s all about squads.

The Peterborough Police United Way team have issued an open challenge to all City of Peterborough services, including Peterborough Fire Services and Peterborough Paramedics, to a cheeseburger eating contest at the Lansdowne Place McDonald’s location in the food court on Tuesday, December 4th.

Image courtesy Peterborough Police

Image courtesy Peterborough Police

Starting at 11:30 a.m. on December 4th when the cheeseburgers will be fresh off the grill, teams will pack away as many as possible all for a good cause—and bragging rights of course. All proceeds from this fun event are going to the United Way Peterborough and District.

The challenge is capped at 10 teams, and this year they must be City of Peterborough services with plans to expand the event next year already being discussed. To sign up your City of Peterborough services team, simply contact the Police Services United Way Co-Chair here with your team info. Each team is asked to make an initial $100 donation to the United Way Peterborough District and anything on top of that is a bonus.

Learn more about the burger throwdown in this video Peterborough Police put out…

—post by Aaron Elliott

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City of Peterborough Kicks off United Way Campaign By Announcing Goal Of $75,075

The City of Peterborough launched its 2016 United Way campaign at Sherbrooke Fire Hall with an employee BBQ this week. Attendees dressed their yummy hamburgers as Chief Snetsinger welcomed the crowd.

The City’s goal for this campaign was announced as $75,075 in honour of United Way’s overall theme of 75 Years of Caring.

Chief Snetsinger

Chief Snetsinger

Campaign Chair Gwyneth James thanked the City for their unwavering support throughout United Way Peterborough and District’s 75 years in the community:

“The folks here really understand that a strong city benefits everybody," she says, adding "Building up an individual in need of short-term relief by having their basic needs met allows them to move towards finding that job, which in turn helps Peterborough’s economy as a whole.”

Campaign Chair Gwyneth James

Campaign Chair Gwyneth James

United Way CEO, Jim Russell also emphasized the impact the City’s campaign has had: “The City of Peterborough always shows up in a big way to support our community. The $71 million invested over the last 75 years could not have happened without this type of support, so thank you all!”

To learn more about the United Way of Peterborough and all they do in the community, go here.

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50 Volunteers Took To Peterborough's Streets To Find Out About Homelessness: Here Are Their Findings

For 14 hours on March 22nd, 2016, 50 volunteers set out in teams to conduct surveys on the street, in shelters, and at meal programs across the city.

They asked questions such as this:

Where are you staying tonight?
How many different times have you experienced homelessness?
What do you think is preventing you from finding and keeping long term stable housing?

Photo via  @UnitedPtbo  launch event introducing Giving Voice to the Homeless

Photo via @UnitedPtbo launch event introducing Giving Voice to the Homeless

What emerged from those questions was a story of individuals young and old, educated and working—some suffering from addiction, some fleeing abusive relationships, some agonizing over family breakdown, and most wanting to have their story told and understood.

The United Way Peterborough and District just released to the community more specific results from that night on the streets in their first ever "Point in Time Count" of homelessness in Peterborough. This city was one of 31 communities across the country that took part in conducting this ground-breaking research through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

Photo via  @UnitedWayPtbo

Photo via @UnitedWayPtbo

The 60 page report titled “Giving Voice”—available on the United Way of Peterborough's website—is a detailed snapshot of people who were homeless on March 22nd of this year.

Here are some highlights from the report...

-> A minimum of 120 people were homeless in Peterborough on March 22nd, 2016
-> 54% were chronically homeless, having spent over 6 months homeless in the past year
-> 64% experienced homelessness for the 1st time before their 26th birthday
-> 20% have attended post-secondary school
-> 98% have some form of income
-> The top 3 reasons for homeless among participants were: family breakdown, addiction/substance abuse, and unsafe housing.

The public is encouraged to review the full report here and to reflect on next steps in our community to have a strategic focus on ending the reality of homelessness.

You can also give to an Indiegogo campaign to help a documentary being made on the Warming Room's guests.

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United Way Of Peterborough Issues Urgent Call For Help To Community

The United Way of Peterborough has issued an urgent call for help to the community, as they are way behind where they were last year at this time with fundraising.

A key indicator for the organization—which provides essential services for so many in the community—is the comparison to last year’s results to date. In 2014, at this same time, United Way campaign results totaled $1.34 million compared to this year’s results of $840,000—a difference of about half a million dollars.

Using historical data, campaign officials are projecting a significant shortfall by the end of campaign if donations remain in decline.

Indeed, the entire Campaign Team is working hard to reach their goal of $2.2 million but are not optimistic the goal will be reached when comparing year-to-date results.

“This situation is unprecedented, dire even, and we are redoubling our efforts and asking the community to redouble their efforts to ensure the needs identified as critical in our community can be addressed now and in the future,” says Jim Russell, CEO of United Way of Peterborough.

The United Way provides vital services in the community (see infographic below), and many are in jeopardy if they don't reach their goal.

You are encouraged to donate online or by calling 705.742.8839 to give by Visa or MasterCard. You can also visit the United Way office at 277 Stewart Street to make a donation in person.

Also, spread the word on your social media channels, workplaces, schools, everywhere.

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