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Commit to Community campaign puts spotlight on caregiver relief

Commit to Community campaign puts spotlight on caregiver relief

WHITBY, ON – Community Care Durham (CCD) is excited to announce the launch of its spring fundraising campaign, “Commit to Community,” running from May 1 to June 30. This initiative shines a light on the critical need for caregiver relief in Durham Region and across Canada.

As the population ages, the demand for caregiver support is rapidly increasing. Statistics show that 25% of Canadians serve as caregivers, providing essential care to family members including aging parents, grandparents, siblings, or spouses. These caregivers often sacrifice their own well-being to meet the needs of others, leading to increased stress and burnout.

CCD’s campaign aims to raise funds for vital services such as In-Home Respite and Adult Day Programs (ADP), which offer relief to caregivers by ensuring their loved ones receive dedicated and compassionate care. These programs not only support the wellbeing of clients but also provide caregivers with crucial downtime to attend to their personal needs.

Tricia is one such caregiver. Her mother Dianne has early dementia and Tricia and her sisters split their time making sure their mom is looked after. They arranged PSW support in 2022 and it’s been a game changer for the whole family.

Tricia said she’s seen a marked improvement in her mother.

“Mom has excellent one-on-one care. She is much happier,” Tricia said.

Similarly, Sarah, who cares for her father Warren after his brain injury, noted without the relief provided by the ADP, all of her father’s support would be on her.

“He needs other sources, other supports, otherwise it’s exhausting for me,” she said.

Since starting in the ADP, Warren has benefited from exercise and the word games, something that helps in his recovery. Sarah also gets a much-need respite to run errands and other activities – something most of us take for granted.

CCD is calling on the community for support. Donors can contribute through one-time gifts, join the monthly giving program, make donations in memory of a loved one, or explore corporate donations and sponsorships. Every contribution, regardless of size, makes a significant impact, helping keep clients and caregivers safe, healthy, and independent.

To donate or learn more about how you can support the “Commit to Community” campaign, please visit


Media Contact:
Ian McMillan, Communications Specialist
Community Care Durham
Phone: 905-430-1863 (cell: 905-431-8700)