Since the pandemic began back in March, the Community Services Agency has assisted over 700 DC-area union members with rental, utility and food assistance. "This is double what CSA usually provides over a year,” says CSA Executive Director Sonte DuCote. That’s why LiUNA Local 11’s recent $1,500 contribution was especially appreciated, DuCote says. The Laborers’ support extends beyond financial assistance; the local partners with CSA’s Building Futures Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program to place graduates into its apprenticeship program. CSA is a critical part of the metropolitan Washington labor community,” said Julio Palomo, Business Manager of the Baltimore Washington Laborers District Council, LiUNA, and a former CSA board member. “It's important that locals do all they can to build CSA’s capacity to serve members.” CSA is still collecting contributions for its Holiday Basket program: send checks payable to CSA, or gift cards, to CSA, 815 16th Street, NW, Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20006. Or give online. Locals wanting to adopt families for Christmastime should contact [email protected].