GenNext is excited to announce that we are bringing our community MINI DAYS OF CARING, Presented By Resolute Forest Products and Thunder Bay & District Labour Council

Our traditional Day of Caring is a one-day event (usually held every June) that creates impact, bringing together dedicated individuals and local community groups for a fun day of volunteering by completing projects to benefit Thunder Bay!! Each year, we usually have upwards of 150 volunteers that come out to help with approximately 15 community projects including jobs such as cleaning up neighbourhoods, gardening, painting (inside and out), cleaning up offices, moving equipment or furniture, volunteering at special events/client service projects, helping to prepare meals, and more.

We are devastated that COVID-19 has put a halt to this fun day of volunteering the last two years … AND this is why we want to introduce the newly re-designed MINI DAYS OF CARING!!

What is Mini Days of Caring?
Caring for our community shouldn’t take place in just one day. Really, it should be EVERYDAY. So, we are going to be doing an OPEN CALL for the rest of the year for any type of projects or volunteer needs. We want to help local organizations and groups in our community with what they need, whether that be a project that they need help with or simply a few extra volunteers for an activity that they are doing. AND, on the flip side, we want to offer these meaningful opportunities to family, friend, and workplace groups that want to get involved, be engaged in community, and give back to help support the city we call home. And, did we mention that Mini Days of Caring is an Inter-generational opportunity!! People of all ages are welcome!

PARTICIPATING IN MINI DAYS OF CARING IS SIMPLE: 

1. If your local organization or group has a project that you need volunteers for, complete the form below.

2. If your group or workplace want to get involved and volunteer for a Mini Days of Caring project, review all opportunities below and sign up. (Opportunities coming soon – all throughout the Fall)

A HUGE heartfelt THANK YOU to our Presenting Sponsors: 

     

LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER?

We want to provide your family, friend, or workplace group with a meaningful opportunity to volunteer and give back by participating in Mini Days of Caring. Participating as a business provides you with a unique team-building and community engagement opportunity for your employees. We encourage our volunteers to leave their wallets at home and instead donate their time and skills to help complete projects for local organizations and groups who need our help. Past volunteers have enjoyed getting their hands dirty and being able to see the results of their efforts right away, along with feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment when they are able to make such a difference and impact for local organizations that need help.

We want to ensure that COVID-19 regulations are followed and encourage you to sign up for one of the projects below with a group of people that are already together with on a regular basis. Volunteer opportunities will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Signing up to volunteer is simple: 1. Review the volunteer opportunities below 2. Pick the one that interests you / your volunteer group most 3. Sign your volunteer group up under the project you wish to help with 4. We will connect with you and the project lead and coordinate the project

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

Organization Project Name & Date
Details Apply
Parade of Lights with Autism Ontario
Parade of Lights

December 3 – 5

Description:
Looking for Volunteers!
Help us decorate the Autism Ontario float and collect donations.
– students and adults 16+ (preferred)
– have a clean & current criminal record check (if applicable)
– be available evening of December 3 & 4 and morning of December 5, 2021Contact north@autismontario.com for more information.
Please apply online HERE and state Dec 3-5 for availability.
Evergreen A United Neighbourhood An Evergreen Christmas

Project could take place any weekday morning after 9am before December 16

Description:
The Evergreen Family is gearing up for CHRISTMAS and they need some help with getting their place organized and ready for the kids during their break!
They’re looking for 5 volunteers to come help tidy the basement at the Evergreen House, drop off a few things at the second hand store, and then … sweep and set up the Evergreen Christmas tree for the kids to decorate once they are on holidays after Dec 17!
*Note that this location is not accessible as there are stairs involved. Volunteers must also follow current restrictions by wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.
Volunteer/Apply
EcoSuperior Bike Light Battery Testing

Dec 9 or 13 for 3 hours in the morning

Description:
EcoSuperior has bike lights to give away, however the batteries aren’t always working. In an effort to make them usable and not go to the landfill, 3 volunteers are being requested to help sort through the lights with the goal of getting as many functional as possible! Volunteers will simply text the batteries with a multi-meter to see if they work! A simple, yet important job!
Volunteer/Apply
EcoSuperior Poop Bag Giveaway

Saturday – December 11, 1:30 pm – Area A (2 volunteers for 45 minutes)

Saturday – December 11, 2:30 pm – Area B (2 volunteers for 45 minutes)

Sunday – December 12,
1:30 pm – Area C (2 volunteers for 45 minutes)

Sunday – December 12, 2:30 pm – Area D (2 volunteers for 45 minutes)

Description:
This volunteer opportunity is to support a stronger more reliable culture of picking up and properly disposing of pet waste. EcoSuperior needs some help by having volunteers join and share positive reinforcement with the aim to encourage dog owners to be more alert when using city parks and conservation areas. Volunteers will be responsible for engaging with dog walkers and providing them with an information postcard and compostable poop bags. Ashley from EcoSuperior will be with volunteers, every step of the way, and could provide a light script / talking points to help with approaching dog owners. Target areas include the Cascades Conservation Area, Centennial Park, Marina Park, and Boulevard Lake Park. Volunteer must provide own transportation and be dressed to work on cold weather. 
BONUS: You may get to pet dogs … who doesn’t love that.
Volunteer/Apply
United Way of Thunder Bay Hygiene Kit Delivery

Thursday, Dec 16
(8:30 AM – 10:00 AM)

Description:
On Dec 2, Tbaytel employees dropped off over 150 hygiene kits to the United Way office as part of their 12 Days of Christmas campaign! These kits will be donated to local food banks in Thunder Bay so that people in need of a helping hand will receive essential items and more as we head into the holiday season!
We need 2-3 volunteers to come and load up all the kits into their vehicles at the UW office, and then bring them to the Thunder Bay Food Bank as well as Current River Food Bank locations. Volunteers must provide their own transportation.
Volunteer/Apply

Are YOU an organization or group that has a project that you need volunteer help for?

We would love to have you complete the form below to apply for help!

It’s simple: 1. Apply for the project / volunteers online using the form below 2. We will contact you to go over application and discuss details of your project 3. Once approved as a project or volunteer engagement opportunity, we will share this opportunity with workplaces and our networks to secure volunteers needed 4. We will connect with you once volunteers have been secured

Mini DoC
Does your agency consent to us taking photos and post them online at the site/with their staff/volunteers etc.?
Does your agency hold liability insurance to cover the Day of Caring volunteers?
Does your agency have any volunteer restrictions?
Does your agency have any specific requirements or needed certification for volunteers to access your site?
Is your site accessible? Are there any accessibility challenges/barriers?
Does your project involve a fundraising component?
Day of Caring projects cannot involve any fundraising activities. However, the Day of Caring Committee is willing to see what other volunteer opportunities may exist within your agency that fit within the scope of this

Additional Details

By submitting a project request for the Mini Days of Caring there are additional commitments that we ask each site to make in order for the event to run smoothly:

  • We ask that you commit to picking up materials the Day of Caring Committee collects for your project from the United Way office the week of the event (someone will follow up with you once ready)
  • We ask that each site has a staff member onsite at the project to supervise and help direct the project
  • We ask that each agency commits to providing the Day of Caring Committee with pictures from your site, including before and after pictures if applicable
  • We ask that each agency commit to providing a testimonial/thank you message to the Day of Caring Committee following the event to be used for future promotional needs and as a thank-you to the volunteers
  • We ask that you help promote the Day of Caring and volunteer participation through your social media platforms and network connections