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Union Members Channel the Easter Bunny for Community Service This Week

Union Members Channel the Easter Bunny for Community Service This Week

Union members all over the country regularly participate in community service and this week, Easter was a big theme. 

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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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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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22 Things We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Image via Pointerb, Instagram

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Check out the 22 things after the jump.

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A ‘Labor of Love’ Spruces Up Hawaiian School

Hawaii AFL-CIO photo

More than 100 union and community volunteers from the Honolulu area took part in the first “Labor of Love” project earlier this month when they helped repair and beautify Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School. On top of 400-plus hours of volunteer time, 18 unions helped raise more than $18,500 in monetary and in-kind donations—including teacher supplies.

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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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Union Members Build Accessibility Ramp for a Teenager in Michigan

Union Members Build Accessibility Ramp for a Teenager in Michigan

On the Saturday morning of Oct. 12, an unusually bright and warm fall day, 24 union volunteers gathered in Pinconning, Mich. Their goal was to build a handicap accessible ramp at the home of Ron Rulapaugh, whose 13-year-old grandson became a quadriplegic after a diving accident in August. The teenager went through surgery during the summer, but a ramp had to be in place before he could be released from the facility where he is currently undergoing therapy.

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New Mexico Union Members Pitch in with Mobile Food Bank

Union members in New Mexico fed their brothers and sisters in need as part of a new mobile food pantry initiative.

The Central New Mexico Labor Council Community Services Committee started the program in conjunction with the Feeding America affiliate, Roadrunner Food Bank. See an interview with Mike Swisher, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison, here

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20 Community Service Projects Union Members Do

Community service isn't always the first thing that comes to mind when people think of unions, but it should be close to the top of the list. Union members are community-minded by their very nature and they prove this every day through the many different service projects they create and participate in, on and off the clock.

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