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AFL-CIO Community Service Committee

In the 1940’s the AFL-CIO and the United Way formed a cooperative working relationship to provide services to members of labor unions, their families and the communities they call home.

Here are just a few ways this partnership impacts the community:

  • Solicit contributions from workers through workplace campaigns, which account for a sizable percentage of the contributions collected each year. Through the Labor Letters of Endorsement Program, the president of the AFL-CIO asks presidents of its affiliated unions and state federations to send letters endorsing United Way campaigns to their memberships. This program encourages individual union members to volunteer their time and contribute their resources to United Way Campaigns. It also encourages local unions and central labor councils to endorse and support United Way campaigns.
  • Recruit and train union members to volunteer health and human-care service organizations.
  • Train union members to assist co-workers, neighbors, friends and their families with information about available local health and social services and while referring them to the appropriate organizations for help.
  • Organize blood drives each year and recruit their members as well as the public to come in and donate.
  • Support the National Association of Letter Carriers National Food Drive held annually on the second Saturday in May. The drive stocks local community food banks, pantries and shelters with non-perishables that letter carriers collect from customers along their mail routes.

For more information about AFL-CIO Community Services, contact the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Community Service Liaison, Amy Flynn, at 309-674-5181, ext. 1239 or email .

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AFL-CIO Community Service Labor Volunteers

Matthew Bartolo
Laborers Local 165

Matt Bender
Carpenters Local 237

Brandi Bradley
ULLICO

Chase Carlton
Labor Council of West Central Illinois

James C. Dillon
West Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council

Clinton J. Drury
West Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council

Jason Emerick
Iron Workers Local 112

David Gamber Jr.
Sheet Metal Workers #1

Scott Haney
National Assoc. of Letter Carriers Branch 31

Lucas Myrna
The Quality Connection

Tom O’Brien
Steamfitters Local #353

Marc Parker
UFCW Local #536

Bill Purcell
Union Retiree Council of West Central IL

Corey Sebens
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 416

Darren Smith
Operating Engineers #649

Tim Sprout
IBEW Local #34

John Steele
IBEW #34 Retirees Club

Bill Stieglitz
Plasterers Cement Masons Local 18

Bud Toft
American Postal Workers Union

Velma Walton
UAW Local 974 Retirees

Sharon K. Williams
The Labor Paper

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