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