PJs and Caring

Annual PJ Drive brings home generosity and warmth for kids.

Members of The Manitoba Chiropractors Association – 41 offices – collected over 2700 pairs of PJs as part of their annual PJ drive for United Way agencies.

The PJs were sorted and packaged last week for delivery to about 40 different agencies to help stuff stockings this holiday season.

Students from Asper School of Business' Team Toba sorted PJs into age groups.

Students from Asper School of Business’ Team Toba sorted PJs into age groups.

Volunteers from the Asper School of Business (Team Toba – JDC West) and GenNext members did two United Way Days of Caring to sort and organize the PJs for delivery.

Members of United Way’s GenNext Council also showed up on a cold night to sort and package the warm PJs for kids. It brought back happy memories for some of them.

GenNexters sort and package PJs for United Way agencies.

GenNexters sort and package PJs for United Way agencies.

“A bunch of us were talking about getting new pajamas as kids every Christmas and how nice that was. There are some families who can’t afford that,” said Diana King, chair of Community Involvement on the GenNext Council.

“And they’re all new, and some are even hand-made.”

PJs bagged and labelled for delivery to United Way agency partners.

PJs bagged and labelled for delivery to United Way agency partners.

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The drive is over now for another year, but there are still lots of opportunities for groups looking to help out in the community.

To give back through a collection drive or United Way Day of Caring contact Melissa at mburgess@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca or 204-924-4273.

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GenNext to guest host Meet Me at The Bell Tower

GenNext is honoured to be the invited guest hosts at Meet Me at The Bell Tower!

Invite your Facebook friends and come out to Selkirk Ave. and Powers St. at 6 p.m. on April 29 for Meet Me at The Bell Tower – an incredible community gathering devoted to anti-violence that has been bringing positive change to the North End and beyond for over four years!

The philosophy of MM@BT is that of the village we are all a part of – the well-being of each person adds to the well-being of us all. Come share your positivity with the village!

As invited guest host, GenNext will provide a speaker to share with the community and a gift will be presented to MM@BT.

Hope to see you there!

GenNext Rencontre Mixer

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Embrace the spirit of our coldest season! Festival du Voyageur is a Winnipeg institution! Tie on the ceinture flechee (Voyageur sash) comb out your beard and paddle down to a kitchen party mixer on Thursday, February 18 at Le Garage on Provencher!

The Festival-themed festivities beginning at 5:30 include live traditional music special guests. Come meet good people and build some new relationships!

GenNexters brighten the holidays for new little Winnipeggers.

The NEEDS Holiday Party was a ‘huge event!’

GenNexters helped make Christmas a little brighter for kids and families at the Newcomer Employment Education Development Services (NEEDS) Holiday Party.

The entire 13-member GenNext council volunteered serving food, escorting kids, and taking photos of Santa visits and gift-giving.

The GenNext Council team.

The GenNext Council team.

About 200 kids attended the afternoon party with family members at Hugh John MacDonald School. Arts & crafts, face painting, and a DJ added to the festivities.


The North West Company wrapped and donated 200 gifts for the party. Meghan Ward, a North West employee and GenNext Council Co-chair of Community Involvement, said it was an awesome afternoon.

She said although there were about 200 kids, the many family members made it a much larger turnout.

“It was great to be a part of such a huge event and have our whole GenNext team there. We served food and got the children organized for seeing Santa.”

Pizza - an important stable of any Holiday Party!

Pizza – an important stable of any Holiday Party!

Some children, new to Canada, were not entirely sure what the whole gift thing was about at first, Meghan said.

“Once they realized what was going on they were all excited for it.”

Go here to learn more about GenNext – a way to engage and find meaningful experiences and opportunities in your community.

Thank you to the GenNext Council for making this happen!

  • Chair – Adam Smoluk
  • Vice Chair – Jane Helbrecht
  • Chair, Governance & Recruitment – Diana King
  • Co-Chair(s), Engagement – vacancy, Amanpreet Sidhu
  • Co-Chair(s), Community Involvement – Rob Ferguson, Meghan Ward
  • Co-Chairs, Fundraising – Kayla Dickin, Lana Bakun
  • Co-Chairs, Marketing & Communications – Aaron Ingram, Deanna Dowd
  • Co-Chairs, Ambassador Program – Christine Turczyn, Jessica Rosenbaum

Give the boot to cold toes on little tykes!

January 13, 2016, 7 to 9:30 a.m. — drop off new or gently used winter boots for Winnipeg tykes!

Free coffee from Grace Cafe, Jonnies Sticky buns and warm fuzzies! Download a poster now to put up in your office & spread the word!

GenNext Boot Drive January 13, 2016.

United Way’s GenNext is hosting a Drive-Thru Boot Drive, and needs your help to keep children safe & warm this winter. Help us provide children with the critical cold-weather footwear required for safe outdoor play and travel in the winter.

Rally your colleagues, teammates, friends or family to organize a collection drive at your workplace, family gathering, or sporting event. You can then personally drop them off at our improvised “drive through,” (in our back parking lot) and be pampered with some delish Jonnies Sticky buns and a warm cup of coffee.

Enter the United Way parking lot at the Main St. and Alexander Ave. entrance:

Volunteers will gather the boots and off you go in comfort! Gift cards or cash donations are welcomed.

“Why boots?” you may ask…

Families living in poverty are often unable to purchase winter boots for their children. And kids grow fast!

This means sometimes children are unable to participate in outdoor recreation activities in the winter months, or safely walk to school.

“We feel this is a need for kids in our community and a way for GenNext to make a difference. We want kids to be able to walk to school through snow on the coldest day of the year knowing they have the footwear to get them there,” said Jane Helbrecht, Vice-Chair of United Way’s GenNext Council.

“Winter boot donations also give kids the equipment and confidence to get outside and play with their friends and enjoy winter activities.  We hope Winnipeggers will come together on January 13 to help kids be all they can be this winter! It’s something so simple, yet so meaningful.”

The boots collected will be distributed to Koats for Kids and through our neighbourhood resource centres in Winnipeg.

Please email Dan if you have any questions!