Giving back, one envelope at a time
IBEW Local 1900 knows the importance of giving back. That's why volunteers recently gathered at the union’s office to get out a mailing to over 1,200 members letting them know how they can help through the United Way, DC One Fund, Combined Federal and Maryland Charity Campaigns. "I believe that the basic foundation of organized labor is to help people in their time of need,” said Local 1900 president Jim Griffin as he helped stuff envelopes with information urging support for the labor-sponsored United Way agencies in communities where members live and work. "We all go through unanticipated hardships, a critical illness, loss of a spouse, or a layoff,” said Community Services Agency Executive Director Sonte DuCote. “That's why the Community Services Agency exists." Last year, CSA helped over 300 union members stay in their homes, keep the lights on and put food on the table. Worksite giving campaigns are now underway throughout the region: to give to CSA just click here. CSA's worksite giving campaign numbers are: United Way and DC One Fund: 8253, Combined Federal Campaign: 19579 and Maryland Charity: 9320
photo (l-r): Dick Bissell, Sonte DuCote, Jim Griffin, Mary Grace Panebianco, and Mike Murphy; photo by Richard Strong
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