Do you or someone you know need help? YWCA Counsellors are available around the clock to answer questions, provide support and offer practical resources that help women stay safe and change their lives.
YWCA Peterborough Haliburton and United Way of Peterborough & District have joined forces with women’s shelters across Ontario to take part in the annual Wrapped in Courage campaign. This year’s campaign was launched with a powerful Freeze Flash Mob Tuesday morning (October 16th) in the food court at Lansdowne Place.
About 50 Kenner students gathered in the food court along with YWCA and United Way staff, supporters, volunteers and board members, holding up signs to onlookers with alarming stats showing the toll domestic violence takes.
“Wrapped in Courage is an amazing advocacy project that makes a real difference for women and children right here in our community,” says Lynn Zimmer, Executive Director of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. “Proceeds from every scarf sold [see info below on how to purchase them] in Peterborough stay local to help women and children in desperate need of shelter and support.”
“The courage of a woman alone is not enough,” says Lisa Smith, Director, Philanthropic Impact with United Way of Peterborough & District. “United Way is proud to stand in solidarity with women who have experienced violence and to partner with the YWCA for the Wrapped in Courage Campaign again this year.”
Together, YWCA and United Way invite everyone to purchase and wear a purple Wrapped in Courage scarf in support of local women and children fleeing violence. Scarves are available for $20 at Lansdowne Place at the customer service desk, and at YWCA and United Way from October 18th to November 18th.
“United Way is committed to lending its voice to important social issues facing our community,” says Jim Russell, CEO of United Way of Peterborough & District. “Violence in all its forms is unacceptable, and we stand in solidarity with women who have experienced violence, and say it must stop now.”
“This is an important advocacy project,” adds Lynn Zimmer, Executive Director of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. “These purple scarves are a symbol that the courage of a woman alone is not enough."
***Scarves are $15 and are available at United Way of Peterborough & District, 277 Stewart St, Peterborough and at YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, 216 Simcoe St., Peterborough (between the two bus stations). All funds raised from the sale of the scarves will support services for women and children at YWCA.
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After nearly a month of collecting bras for "Bras Around The Building", today was the day where they would all be linked together and chained around the CHUM Kawarthas building on George Street. Firetrucks hoisted up the thousands of bras that were generously donated by the community in the campaign to help raise awareness about breast cancer. 4,595 bras were donated, meaning that OLG Slots—which said it would donate $1 for every bra collected—will be donating $4,595 to the Peterborough & District unit of the Canadian Cancer Society. Once the bras are cleaned now by both Rocky's and Kent Cleaners, they will then be donated to the YWCA for distribution.
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]
Nourish Peterborough has a documentary to raise awareness around the need for food for so many in our community, and the organizations and food programs that are available to help out. The doc brings focus to ten of the organizations and community groups who advocate for food security within Peterborough, and addresses the need for healthy food for those living in poverty. You can rent the film free of charge at Have You Seen. I highly recommend it as it opened my eyes to how many are in need of assistance within our community and how many are here to offer help—including the likes of Our Space, Food Not Bombs, Collective Kitchens, YWCA and The Peterborough Gleaning Program. Watch the trailer below:
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]
Local YWCA executive director Lynn Zimmer calls them "the wonderful ones" (see video above)—those who rallied behind YWCA Crossroads Safe Haven Campaign so that the organization's dream of constructing a brand new shelter for women and children could come true.
During a recent Community Thank You Celebration held at Showplace, Zimmer veered from her notes in her speech to express how much each and every gift meant to the campaign and what a difference those gifts will continue to make for many years to come.
"Capital campaigns are designed to attract very large donations and recognize those donations by naming rooms and buildings in honour of those who have given very large gifts," she says. "Yet we are always aware that every gift to the Crossroads Safe Haven Campaign was heartfelt and many donors of smaller amounts have had to sacrifice more to give that gift than perhaps someone else who was able to give more. Everyone who gives to Crossroads is giving a gift of safety and healing. Every donor brings passion and compassion to their giving. Every gift is important and represents the love and caring of the people in our community."