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Sacramento Unions Keep It Rolling in Toilet Paper Drive

Photo by Tia Gemmell via Flickr Creative Commons

Once again, unions from the Sacramento Central Labor Council joined forces with the United Way California Capital Region in the community group’s annual toilet paper drive that collected more than 161,000 rolls this year.

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Union Members to Participate in United Way Day of Action Worldwide

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On Saturday, June 21, union members, along with their local AFL-CIO/United Way Community Services liaisons, will be volunteering alongside hundreds of thousands of people around the world who will be participating in the seventh annual United Way Day of Action. Many national and local unions have partnerships with United Way, and the organization's signature volunteer event will consist of hundreds of action events in countries across the globe. The events will help expand the impact of United Way's work and strengthen existing relationships with unions and community volunteers and activists.

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They Gathered How Many Pounds of Peanut Butter?

They Gathered How Many Pounds of Peanut Butter?

One thousand five hundred and fifty-seven. That's how many pounds of peanut butter union members, the Snohomish County Labor Council and United Way of Snohomish County collected recently to distribute to food banks throughout the county in Washington State. Why are they gathering so much peanut butter? 

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Unionized Symphony Musicians Raise Money for United Way

Photo courtesy of Paul Williams on Flickr

What comes to mind when you think “union member”? Steelworker? Teacher? Ironworker? We’d guess “symphony musician” probably doesn’t jump to the top of your list. The labor movement, though, is blessed with all kinds of workers, including Richmond’s symphony musicians.

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How You Can Help Flood Survivors in Pensacola, Fla.

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Communities in north Florida around Pensacola were devastated by floods last week after 12 to 28 inches of rain fell in a 12-hour period. Damage was extensive and many people's lives were permanently changed. City officials said Pensacola suffered $23 million in damage, while Escambia County reported an additional $60 million. The local water utility estimated damage at another $5 million to its infrastructure.

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Washington Mudslide Disaster Relief Fund Established

The United Way of Snohomish County in Washington State, where the Oso mudslide killed at least 24, has established a disaster relief fund for those affected by the landslide. The death toll is expected to rise significantly, according to Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Lifelong Indiana Ironworker Wins National United Way Community Services Award

Photo below from left to right—Nancy McCormick, AFL-CIO/CSL Midwest Regional Director, United Way Worldwide; Dan Murchek, President, Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor; Deb Townsend, AFL-CIO/CSL Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, Lake Area United Way; Sharon Wright, Women's Leadership Council, LaPorte County United Way; James Stemmler, Local #395 Ironworkers retired, Beirne Award Winner; Kathy Ertle, President, Indiana Association of United Ways; Chris Brickey, President, Central Indiana Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Mrs. Karen Husky and Mr. Gary Husky, #395 Ironworkers, retired.

James Stemmler of Michigan City, Ind., has spent more than 20 years leading labor volunteers in community improvement. He initiated the Union Workers Street Collection for United Way in 2007, when he invited four trade unions to volunteer. During the most recent event, 20 union volunteers raised more than $3,100 in four hours.

Stemmler was presented with the prestigious national Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award for his longtime work with United Way and the labor community in La Porte County. The award was presented at the Indiana Association of United Ways State Leaders Conference on March 13 in Indianapolis.

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Staying Warm in the Land of the Frozen Tundra

Greater Green Bay Labor Council President Tony Vanderbloemen carrying some of the 250 blankets and sleeping bags the drive distributed to the Green Bay School District McKinney-Vento Homeless Program last year.

The Greater Green Bay Labor Council and the Brown County United Way have organized their third annual “Blanketing Brown County” blanket drive. Last year’s drive collected 2,000 blankets for distribution to 32 Brown County programs serving homeless and low-income people.

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It's a House, It's a Birdhouse, It's a Library?

Photo via the Little Free Library Facebook page.

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where adults and children alike can share their favorite books and stories. Little Free Libraries are popping up everywhere. They may look like birdhouses but they hold the wonders of literature for an entire community.

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‘Yarns of Love’ Help Knit Tight Community Connections

United Way of Genesee County photo

It can get mighty cold this time of year in Genesee County, Mich., and it can feel even colder if you’re a kid who doesn’t have warm clothing while waiting for an early morning school bus or building a snow fort.

But thousands of Flint-area youngsters have been able to ward off winter’s chill with hand-made hats, scarves and mittens, thanks to a unique “Yarns of Love” program, says Cindy Cromwell, the Greater Flint Labor Council’s Community Services liaison to Genesee County United Way.

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