GenNexters bring the summer.

GenNext members at National Leasing capped off a successful donation drive with a BBQ block party on Thursday.

The drive, called Giving Kids a Summer, collected summer items like sunscreen, bug spray, hats, sunglasses, and sporting equipment gathered for distribution to inner city children and families through Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA) – a United Way partner agency.

National Leasing's GenNext BBQ

“When summer months come we don’t always realize that some children don’t have these things,” said GenNext member Tess Klachefsky.

Donations for National Leasing  Giving Kids a Summer drive

National Leasing’s GenNext donation drive collected items for kids at Spence Neighbourhood Association

Donation boxes were placed in the National Leasing offices, as well as those of corporate neighbours and BBQ attendees Pollard Banknote, Payworks, Canadian Western Bank and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.

Money raised from the BBQ was also slated to be used to purchase more items needed by children who attend SNA programming.

GenNext members at National Leasing

GenNext members at National Leasing

National Leasing has a strong GenNext presence, with about 15 members, and is one of the first workplaces to join United Way’s GenNext Ambassador Program.

“I think GenNext is fantastic for the city,” said Jay Leslie, a founding member of GenNext at National Leasing and an Ambassador.

“It’s an opportunity to network and an opportunity to give back.”

Jay Leslie talks about the donation drive and GenNext

Jay Leslie talks about the donation drive and GenNext

The GenNext team at National Leasing has also taken part in United Way Days of Caring, a poverty simulation to learn about the challenges faced by low income Winnipeggers, and they are planning a fall mixer.

National Leasing GenNext BBQ

GenNext BBQ at National Leasing

Dan Robinson, a GenNext manager at United Way, thanked the crowd for their support and generosity. He invited people to visit him at a table to sign up for the GenNext newsletter.

GenNext is “not about giving money, it’s more about getting engaged with peers and with the work that United Way does,” Dan said.

GenNext BBQ at National Leasing

A BBQ attendee signs up for the GenNext newsletter

United Way’s GenNext program offers young professionals an opportunity to create meaningful social change in Winnipeg while connecting with like-minded peers and having scads of fun.

GenNext BBQ at National Leasing

To learn more visit www.unitedwaywinnipeg.ca/gennext or email  gennext@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

GenNext BBQ at National Leasing

GenNext BBQ at National Leasing

National Leasing GenNext BBQ

GenNext BBQ at National Leasing

 

Teens with mood disorders rock it this summer.

Summer—the time “everyone” is “supposed to be” having fun—can be an isolating time for teens with mood disorders, without the social presence of friends at school.

It can help to have something to do, especially something cool and challenging. Meeting new people with similar interests can make summer into an amazing experience.

If you’re a teen with a mood disorder—or know one—check out Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba‘s summer rock camp Let It Out!

United Way is providing time-limited funding for this project because we believe helping kids be all they can be and making sure everyone feels supported in their wellbeing makes Winnipeg a stronger community.