United Way GenNext

Among the flurry of headlines, soundbites and social media posts circulating in the news, it’s been a busy summer. We know there are real challenges facing our community and that it’s up to all of us to be part of the solution. That’s why we thought it was the perfect time to share some eye-opening statistics on issues like homelessness and food insecurity and introduce you to some inspiring local changemakers who are fueling change. While the solution to poverty won’t happen overnight, you are a vital part of our efforts to tackle poverty in all its forms—and we couldn’t do this important work without you.

Us & Them
Us & Them and you
Next week, GenNexters will be getting an eye-opening look at a pressing issue faced by 35,000 Canadians on any given night. On August 22, we’ll be coming together for a private screening of Us & Them, a powerful documentary that delves into the subject of homelessness. Through the film, viewers will get to know the stories of those experiencing this issue and shatter misconceptions about why people end up on the street. In combination with the event, we’ll be taking action through our product drive in support of Rapport Youth and Family Services, a United Way-agency that provides programs for youth experiencing homelessness. Can’t make it but want to support the film? You can watch it On-Demand. But there are limited spots still available. Be a part of this amazing event by registering now.
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Susan Wright
Meet the Summerlunch+ lady
We know that fresh, local, fruits and vegetables are essential in helping young people get a good start in life. But for low-income families who rely on programs to ensure their kids are getting healthy meals, the summer months can be difficult as these resources often pause during the school break. Local changemaker Susan Wright noticed this gap and decided to do something about it. She created Summerlunch+ to help kids experiencing food insecurity in the GTA get nutritious midday meals throughout the year. Get to know her, this great initiative, and how you can get involved.
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GenNext Walk
GenNext Walks: Past, Present, and Future
Sometimes the best way to really understand an issue is to see it up-close-and-personal. That’s what makes GenNext Walks so important. This summer, GenNexters have been getting first-hand experience on how they’re changing lives across Greater Toronto. We started the summer with a tour of Thorncliffe Park, one of Toronto’s most densely populated and multicultural neighbourhoods. Although spots for the August 29 walk through Parkdale are already full, we have another eye-opening and engaging experience planned for September in Kensington – keep a lookout for that in your inbox. In the meantime, if you’re still hoping to learn more about the vibrant community of Parkdale, join the waitlist! We’ll let you know if a spot becomes available.
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So much to give, so little time?
Do you want to help your community but feel like life keeps getting in the way? We hear you. That’s why we wanted to give you this list of one-time volunteering opportunities that don’t require an ongoing commitment. From building housing for low-income families to helping animals find homes there’s something for everyone…even if you’re strapped for time. Here are 5 ways you can get involved.
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In a few weeks, United Way’s annual fundraising campaign will kick-off! And for many of us, that means the employee giving season will swing into full gear. If you’ve been thinking of getting the GenNexters at your workplace together for a common cause, Julia Salzmann, GenNext Cabinet Member and Senior Policy Analyst at York Region, can provide some inspiration.
Julia Salzmann, United Way Greater Toronto GenNext Cabinet
“Having worked in the public sector for more than eight years, I wanted to get involved in my community in a more personal way. Enter: GENNEXT! Through GenNext, United Way leverages the innovation and energy of young professionals like myself into meaningful opportunities to learn, act, and give. My passion for creating local change was shared by my colleagues and together we created the first GenNext Cabinet in York Region. We’ve raised $60,000 in our first two years, funds that we know will go towards making a real difference in the lives of individuals and families who experience poverty across the GTA. For the upcoming employee giving campaign, get a GenNext group started at your workplace. Together we can create a region where poverty has no power!”

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