More than 10,000 Angelenos, including members of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s “Team Homeless Heroes,” took part in the United Way’s 2012 HomeWalk 5K Run/Walk Nov. 17 to raise funds to combat homelessness in the Los Angeles area. The more than 500 members of Team Homeless Heroes are from Los Angeles unions and the team is organized by the L.A. Fed’s AFL-CIO Community Services/United Way partnership. It focuses on the men and women who served our country and who are now facing homelessness.
If you live in the Palm Beach, Fla., Treasure Coast area and want to help make Thanksgiving happen for families who might need a boost, you can join the Big Heart Brigade’s Thanksgiving Feast, 2012. Supported by the United Way of Palm Beach County Partnership, which includes the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO, the Big Heart Brigade is looking for 4,000 volunteers who can help prepare, cook, package and distribute the nearly 100,000 meals for the homeless and disadvantaged.
Hurricane Sandy, one of the largest hurricanes in decades, is slamming into the mid-Atlantic and northeast United States starting late Sunday. Bill Hauenstein, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison for the Northeast region, provides useful links for union leaders, members and families preparing for and dealing with Sandy’s impact and aftermath.
What are you doing to help your union brothers and sisters weather the storm?
Meet the faces of Union Summer in our new Innovators website feature. Watch the video in this post or on the website here.
Union Summer, an educational internship that introduces young people to the labor movement, sent interns across the United States to organize for change. For more information on Union Summer, visit www.aflcio.org/unionsummer. Share the video on Facebook here.
There’s nothing like a new pair of sneakers to start the school year off on the right foot. For children whose parents are struggling to get by on tight budgets, the Soles for Christ program in Missouri makes it possible for them to receive new shoes.
AFL-CIO Community Services is hosting the Soles for Christ program Monday and today in their local headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo. Thousands of shoes from private donors were picked up by area children in need at the AFL-CIO building.
Marie Smith, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison in Omaha, Neb., sends us this report.
When the switch was thrown earlier this month on a 75-foot tall, steel-framed “Tree of Lights” in downtown Omaha, volunteers of Ironworkers Local 21 had their first chance to see their handiwork sparkle.
AFL-CIO Community Services Director Will Fischer sends us this report.
For the past five years, the Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council’s Community Services Committee has helped sponsor an annual “Back to School Free Haircut Day” in conjunction with Michael Hook of Michael’s Hair Salon in Erie, Penn.
Even if the kids don’t want to admit it, it’s nearly back to school time. That means shopping for new clothes, shoes and supplies. But the nation’s staggering economy can make that difficult, if not impossible, for many families.
AFL-CIO Community Services Director Will Fischer sends this report on a food drive to help Minnesota families hurt by the Republican shutdown of the state government.
Minnesota’s millionaires aren’t likely feeling any impact of the Republican shutdown of the state government and vital state services. But after nearly two weeks, the shutdown is starting to be felt in households and around dinner tables in Minnesota.