'Leave your wallet at home': Day of Caring volunteers offer time not money to non-profits

The United Way in Thunder Bay, Ont., is hosting its sixth annual GenNext Day of Caring on Saturday. People between the ages of 18 and 40 will complete a variety of projects for 12 different non-profits.

United Way GenNext group helps young adults network, learn more about volunteer opportunities

This group of United Way volunteers was helping out with some gardening during a previous GenNext Day of Caring in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The annual event goes ahead on Saturday June 17, 2017. (United Way Thunder Bay)

The United Way in Thunder Bay, Ont., is hosting its sixth annual GenNext Day of Caring on Saturday.

The yearly event sees people between the ages of 18 and 40 complete a variety of projects for 12 different non-profits in the city, says Kristy Pochailo, the organization's communications and marketing coordinator.

"It's a way to show volunteers and donors there's more you can do than just giving a financial contribution, although that is very important for non-profits," she said.

"It's an opportunity to actually roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty, leave your wallet at home and make some real, immediate impact for an organization."

The GenNext group of United Way volunteers helps young adults find opportunities to get engaged in the community and network with each other, said Pochailo.

She anticipated about 130 people will take part in the Thunder Bay Day of Caring.

Projects were expected to include preparing flower beds and vegetable gardens, building a gazebo or patio and renovating a laundry room.

Volunteers will be tweeting about their experiences through #dayofcaring2017.