With the short winter and hot summer that Niagara has experienced thus far, it gives more meaning for not just the gennext team, but for all those involved in Niagara, to show their community involvement while enjoying the weather Niagara has to offer. “All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer – one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going – one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” – L.M. Montgomery
Being a member of the gennext team helps to build purpose and meaning on a personal and professional level. The gennext team once again volunteered their evening at an after school program at Manchester assisting with our yearly Spring Fling. Around 60 children were engaged with the volunteers in a multitude of summer based activities ranging from crafts, physical activities including basketball, beanbag toss, hula hoops, and the always popular parachute game. Plants and supplies for a craft activity were also generously donated by Niagara College. Being involved in such events is a not just a rewarding experience for the gennext team but also for the children to connect and socialize with their friends and fellow Manchester peers and learn that they are indeed the next generation of our society in the Niagara region.
The gennext team also volunteered their time at Harriet Tubman Public School to visit Harriet’s Heroes club, a great group of young students in grades 6-8 who wanted to learn more about the range of volunteering opportunities that gennext partakes in. The students had a lot of well thought out questions about volunteering for us written on cue cards. The students were also full of very creative ideas and are actively thinking about ways to partner with gennext for future events. The group had pizza and cake for everyone to eat, so it was a very fun, relaxed atmosphere.
The gennext mission statement is to increase engagement and understanding of United Way of St. Catharines & District in the young professional demographic through community outreach and fundraising activities. The volunteering events with Manchester and Harriet’s Heroes easily helps us attain one of our many goals as a cabinet to develop future community leaders through network and socializing.
Welcome to the next generation of giving.