DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Mail it in, drop it off, call, or donate online. The Standard Newspaper’s annual partnership with the United Way is once again upon us. Your community newspaper is offering this opportunity to “give where you live”. In these difficult and challenging times, neighbours helping neighbours is more important than perhaps at any time in our history. The United Way supports those less advantaged or facing difficulty in hard times. We will do our part in assisting the local campaign and ask all the members in our community to assist to the extent that you are able. When we all do a little, together, we can accomplish a lot.
Earlier this month, the Campaign for the United Way in Port Perry and Scugog kicked off, with the 9th annual edition of the “Tour de Perry” trike race and BBQ. The event attracted the largest number of teams ever, and community members and public officials were treated to a fun time on a sunny day, in front of the Township Offices in Port Perry.
The event marks the beginning of the campaign, which allows all members of the community to come together in a common cause, to support many local charities, and in so doing, make this a better community for all. The ability for a community to mobilize to help those less advantaged is more important today than perhaps at any point in the past.
From poverty, to helping families in crisis, from caring for seniors, to helping those facing insecurity, the United Way is uniquely positioned to help. Housing, help for children at risk, and seniors support are all important, but any addressed in isolation are not solutions. The solution is a mobilized community capacity, to help provide a broad range of services in an efficient and effective pattern, so that the trajectory of people’s lives can be changed for the better. In so doing, we create a more prosperous community, which benefits everyone.
The United Way in Port Perry provides direct assistance to North House, Community Living Durham North, Big Brothers and Big Sisters North Durham, Community Care Durham, and Precious Minds. Our local residents are served in a myriad of ways by our United Way contributions. Every dollar raised in the community stays in the community, benefitting the organizations that benefit the community.
Your contributions will support your neighbours, co-workers, maybe a family member, or perhaps someone who will never know your name. We hope you will be proud of your role in making this a better community for all, as we know those you help will be forever grateful for it.
For more information on the United Way and its role in the community, please visit www.unitedwaydr.com or contact Cheryl Henderson at 905-985-9399.
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