BE a Community Resource

There are many ways to get involved in the work of the PPRN. For more information, please email us at

  • Donate to the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network using
  • Support a community garden by donating seeds/plants or volunteering to maintain the garden during the growing season. Call the Peterborough Community Garden Network at 705-745-3238, ext. 209
  • Become a Big Brother or Big Sister via the agency’s traditional match programs or the in-school mentoring program. 705-743-6100
  • Volunteer your time and expertise as a board member for a not-for-profit or charitable community service provider.
  • Provide educational, co-operative training opportunities in your business (through the local school boards and the Workforce Development Board). or call 705-749-3250.
  • Go out of your way to help someone with information, a referral or a lead about a job or training opportunity.
  • Volunteer, and encourage your children to volunteer, at their school as a mentor or breakfast server.
  • Aim to recruit volunteers from various income levels to committees and clubs so members can learn from each other.
  • Get involved with programs at Community Opportunity and Innovation Network to build small local social enterprises. or call 705-743-0238.
  • Participate in gleaning trips to local farms to gather produce. Call 705-749-9977 to find out when the next bus is heading to the country.
  • Mentor newcomers via programs offered by the New Canadians’ Centre. 705-743-0882.
  • Help recent high school graduates research and access scholarships and bursaries to reduce their debtloads during college or university.
  • Assist any of the emergency food banks in Peterborough County: Havelock Town Hall, 705-778-1204; St. John’s Anglican Church in Lakefield, 705-652-8302; Old Millbrook School, 705-932-7066; Norwood Town Hall, 705-639-5846; Apsley site, 705-656-1748.
  • Set up a low-cost meeting of people with similar interests – music, art or other hobbies – for a regular evening of socializing.
  • Teach a person with limited computer experience how to use e-mail and the Internet via free sites like Hotmail or Gmail.
  • Stay in touch with elderly or shut-in neighbours to see if they require company or other assistance.