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100 for 100 Challenge

We can all make a difference, every day in so many ways to help improve the quality of life for others. At Distress Centre Durham – our specially trained volunteers have been offering emotional support, crisis de – escalation and suicide intervention over our 24 hour telephone helpline since 1970.

At no other time in our history have we seen such complex and varied issues being discussed on our lines. In 2006 we took 4800 calls on our lines, in 2009 we took an all time high 7800 calls on our 24 hour helpline. Of those calls – in 2008, 435 callers discussed thoughts and issues related to suicide. In 2009 that number jumped to 950 callers who discussed issues and thoughts related to suicide.

Our community is struggling and we are doing our best to continue to meet the growing demand for our services, but just as the economy has impacted for profit businesses – it has impacted significantly not for profit agencies that depend on donated dollars to operate.

We are funded primarily through the United Ways of Durham Region and have received funding cuts yet again for 2010. These cuts and the drop in donations are putting our ability to offer support to those most in need, at risk.

We are asking for your help. We recognize that you and your business may also have been impacted by the economic downturn. In order to meet our goal of $10,000, we are asking 100 businesses to donate $100

Will you help us ensure those in need have their calls answered?

As Distress Centre Durham is a registered charity, you will receive a charitable receipt for 100% of the amount you donate. We recognize that you may be asked to support many worthwhile community organizations and we hope that you will consider making Distress Centre Durham one of those fortunate recipients. If you choose to support this initiative, please make cheque payable to Distress Centre Durham and mail it to 306 Brock Street North, Whitby, ON  L1N 4H7 – or contact us at 905-430-3511 extension 33 to arrange for us to pick it up. Picking it up in person is a fantastic way to meet and get to know one another! Your support will be recognized in our annual report, on our website and in our newsletter (unless you wish to remain anonymous).

Together we can continue to make a difference!

We asked for your help and you responded!

To date, the following businesses and individuals are helping us achieve our $10,000 goal, $100 at a time!

  1. Quantrill Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac (March)
  2. Aleksandr G. Bolotenko: Barrister and Solicitor (March)
  3. SSQ Financial Group (March)
  4. H. R. Roughley Insurance (March)
  5. H. R. Roughley Insurance (March)
  6. Durham College UOIT – Practical Nursing program (March)
  7. Happy Inside Tutoring – Marie Nelson (March)
  8. Justin Barry Optical (April)
  9. Mike Ambler – Swish Maintenance Ltd. (April)
  10. Mike Ambler – Swish Maintenance Ltd. (April)
  11. Desjardins Credit Union – Whitby (May)
  12. Clinic Eyewear – Oshawa (May)
  13. CRCS Disaster Kleenup – Oshawa (May)
  14. CAW Family Auxiliary #27 – Oshawa (May)
  15. The Kinsmen Club of Pickering – Pickering (May)
  16. Wilmot Creek Auxiliary – Bowmanville (May)
  17. Minet Lacing Technology Canada (MLT) Ltd. – Whitby (May)
  18. Award Marketing Inc. – Whitby (May)
  19. Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise – Whitby (May)
  20. Durham Jeep Chrysler – Oshawa (May)
  21. Edmond Vanhaverbeke – Newcastle (May)