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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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Working Families Support Mentoring Program in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Working Families Support Mentoring Program in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Working families in Palm Beach County, Fla., are teaming up with the United Way and the Children's Services Council for the annual M2K mentoring program that is looking to raise funds to sponsor 2,000 children to participate in the program for one year. At the cost of $2,000 per student, which is a significant goal, unions are stepping up to help out children and youths between the ages of 5 and 21.

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AFL-CIO, Chamber and United Way Urge Congress, President to End the Shutdown Now

AFL-CIO, Chamber and United Way Urge Congress, President to End the Shutdown Now

Signaling how wide a swath of America the federal government shutdown is affecting, the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the United Way sent a joint letter today to Congress and President Barack Obama urging them to end the shutdown now. 

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Common Values at Heart of AFL-CIO/United Way Relationship

Photo by Alan Poque

The United Way and the AFL-CIO share core values that are at the center of the organizations’ long partnership, United Way of Tarrant County CEO Tim McKinney told delegates at the recent Texas AFL-CIO convention.

The AFL-CIO constitution states that work is what we do to better ourselves, to build dreams and to support our families. But it says work is more than that. Work cures, creates, builds, innovates and shapes the future. Work connects us all. These are very powerful words and United Way shares this value.

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Pennsylvania Unions Provide Free Back-to-School Haircuts for Children

Pennsylvania Unions Provide Free Back-to-School Haircuts for Children

Last Saturday, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the United Way and other organizations teamed up for the eighth annual "Back-to-School Free Haircut Day" at the Pfeiffer-Burleigh School playground in Erie County. Nearly 800 children attended, according to Ron Oliver, AFL-CIO's community services liaison for the area.  Nearly all of the volunteers and funds to run the event were provided by the AFL-CIO and its affiliates. Children were given free haircuts, a free backpack and free food. Games and activities also were held to make the event even more fun for the children and families who participated.

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Update from Oklahoma: How You Can Continue to Help Tornado Survivors

Airman 1st Class Tracy Barnhill, of the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 137th Maintenance Group, surveys the damage to her mother’s house after a devastating tornado hit the homes of those living in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers)

While recovery operations continue in Moore, Okla., after one of the worst and deadliest tornadoes on record, relief efforts are still underway. The Oklahoma State AFL-CIO and central labor council community service liaisons are working through the United Way.  

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