Five Counties Children Centre
Five Counties Children’s Centre is dedicated to supporting children and youth with physical, developmental and communication needs and their families. In partnership with families and communities we strive to enrich their independence and quality of life. At Five Counties Children’s Centre we’ve been helping local children with special needs reach their potential for more than 40 years. More than 4,000 kids were helped last year to become independent and build their self-esteem, by taking those first steps, by forming those first words, words that say “I can do anything!” Without donations and support, the specialized programs and services that are making the most difference to our kids and families would not be possible. Early intervention is key to encourage their confidence, independence and inclusion. Our programs and services aid children in walking, talking and most importantly some days, just laughing and being a kid. You can help children reach their potential and make what seems impossible, possible.
Peterborough (like many cities across Canada) has been struggling with addiction for years – this is not new. However, the introduction of Fentanyl and Carfentanil in our city has had a catastrophic outcome. Since January 2019 there have been 19 reported lives lost to overdose and countless others struggle with addiction every day with limited resources available to aid in their recovery. PTBOStrong was formed in 2019 due to the opioid and homelessness crisis facing the City of Peterborough. PTBOStrong aims to raise awareness, education and funds all to support this crisis at a local level. Funds raised will go toward a safe consumption site, support existing agencies and programs, and eventually a healing lodge.
Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region
With the help of volunteers, donors, and Habitat homeowners, we build and rehabilitate decent and affordable homes, from single-family houses to multi-unit developments. We don’t give away free homes – the families who partner with us pay an affordable mortgage geared to their income and volunteer at least 500 ‘sweat-equity’ hours with us. We’re a regional affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada. We serve Peterborough City, Peterborough County, City of Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton Highlands area. Our model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for low-income, working families, by providing them with the opportunity to purchase their own home. Since 2002, we’ve helped 38 families into affordable home ownership in the Peterborough & Kawartha Region.
Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre
Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (home of Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre) is a registered charity whose goal is to protect and conserve Ontario’s native turtles and the habitats in which they live. We accomplish this by operating a turtle hospital that treats, rehabilitates, and releases injured turtles, by performing extensive research in the field to further conservation initiatives, and by running a comprehensive education and outreach program. With all eight species of Ontario turtles now listed as species at risk federally (7 provincially), there is much work to be done to prevent turtles from disappearing from our ecosystems. Each turtle saved can make a difference. Less than 1% of eggs make it to adulthood, so every turtle’s ability to reproduce over many decades is crucial. Thankfully there is plenty we can all do to help make Ontario a safer place for turtles! In 2019, with the help of many volunteers and caring people across the province of Ontario, our hospital admitted 1500 turtles and incubated over 6000 eggs. As an organization, we strive to increase awareness of the challenges facing Ontario’s turtles and to inspire individuals to act to help. We’re big believers that every person truly can make a difference!
Over the past decade Camp Kawartha has taken a leadership role in fostering stewardship and environmental awareness. We are an accredited, award-winning, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of the highest standard of programming, Established in 1921, Camp Kawartha has expanded into a year-round facility, offering day and overnight summer camps for children ages 4-17, curriculum-linked outdoor and environmental education programs for students in grades K to 12, and facility rentals for meetings, workshops, group retreats, and conferences. Camp Kawartha also offers workshops on environmental education, sustainable living and is working with the entire community to foster stewardship at each and stage of a child’s development.