Next Gen

United Way Next Gen

United Way Next Gen is a local initiative focused on developing a community of stakeholders in their twenties and thirties, encouraging them to invest their time, energy and money in the community through the United Way. This initiative creates opportunities for future leaders to participate and empowers them to support and advance the impact of the United Way. The Next Gen movement is a unique opportunity for the next generation to become an integral part of the local community and bring about meaningful change.

Next Gen Cabinet

Co-Chair: Mitch Purcell

Co-Chair: Emma Fitzgerald

Amanda Hartin, Brittany Marshall, Karleigh Corbett, Monica Lapajne, Robert Raike, Sandra Lachapelle

"Next Gen is a great way for younger people to get involved and really learn how they can make an impact. Whether it is through volunteering, planning events or donating, it is really important to join in and connect with other next genners. Together, we can continue to make positive changes in the community through the United Way."

– Next Gen Cabinet member

How to get involved

Become a Next Gen Workplace Ambassador

Next Gen Ambassadors are young leaders in workplaces who work with committees to engage the next generation of leaders. These leaders participate in Next Gen activities, promote events and engagement opportunities within their workplaces. They provide information about events and network opportunities to their peers and participate in volunteering, networking and learning opportunities.

The Next Gen Workplace Ambassador’s Role

The Ambassador’s works with their workplace committee to develop and execute fundraising and engagement strategies specifically tailored to their workplace, with the following objectives:

The Ambassador’s works with their workplace committee to develop and execute fundraising and engagement strategies specifically tailored to their workplace, with the following objectives:

  • Increase awareness of the Next Gen and United Way message and presence in the community at a place of business;
  • Follow and support United Way social media content and messaging by posting / reposting / and commenting on community impact content and amplifying engagement and educational opportunities (virtual events, campaign details, etc.) to their peers
  • Provide information about events and network opportunities to employees, and;
  • Act as a point of contact between the United Way Next Gen and your employees in the Next Generation

In this role, individuals are able to:

  • Learn about critical issues affecting the community and become part of the solution
  • Build leadership skills through the workplace campaign volunteer committee
  • Network with peers at events
  • Contribute to the philanthropic efforts of their workplaces

Emergency Community Response Volunteer

The City of Kingston and United Way KFL&A are collaborating to recruit local volunteers to assist in the event of an emergency. More information on this important initiative here:  As a Next Gen United Way volunteer, you are encouraged to apply, and share information about this opportunity with your networks. Recent social media posts can be found on United Way KFLA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Emergency Response volunteers will be called upon if there is an emergency in order to fill specific roles like: supporting reception centres of displaced people; supporting emergency workers; assisting City staff with provisions of emergency services and food; communications support; deliveries; and supporting various City and Emergency staff with various services.

Learn more, share with your networks on social media, and apply today, or contact with any questions.

Next Gen Masquerade Event

The first-ever Next Gen Masquerade was held on February 9, 2013, at the Renaissance event venue. Since then it has been the marquee event for United Way’s Next Gen – raising nearly $40,000 for the community.

The Next Gen Masquerade is a semi-formal soiree, offering a chance to slip behind a mask and enjoy an evening of intrigue, cocktails and dancing. Delicious appetizers are served, cocktails available, and a DJ on the upper level or listen to live music on the lower level. Get creative and make your own mask or go hunting for a unique mask to compliment your outfit. Masks will also be available by donation at the event.

Stay tuned for when the next Next Gen Masquerade will take place.

Those interested in becoming part of the Next Gen movement are invited to contact the United Way office at 613-542-2674, or email