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UAW in Our Communities

In communities across America, grass-roots leaders know they can count on UAW member to answer the call to service.

Whether it’s raising funds for a hospice…  hitting the phones for health care… or building a new house for the homeless, the men and women of the UAW are always ready to lend a hand.

Joining with our friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to improve our communities isn’t an “add-on” to our UAW activities. It’s part of who we are: We are a slice of society and we are part of a social movement that works to help those in need and expand opportunities for all.

A few recent examples:

UAW members in Grand Rapids, Mich., help fix up a foster home
A little bit of paint and TLC equals a full day of caring for members of UAW Local 167 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Region 3 members hit the phones for health care
"I'm just going without (health insurance) and it gets worse every day," Thomas Newton said. That's why he and other concerned UAW members in Indiana were on the phones Nov. 5 at Local 226 as part of the National Week of Action on health care.

Local 211 helps raise $40,000 for hospice services
211 members at the General Motors Powertrain plant in Defiance, Ohio, participate in the annual auction for Charlie's Pie, a raspberry pie that is auctioned off each year to raise funds for The Caring Way Hospice of Defiance Auxiliary.

Ohio local helps Girls Scouts send sweets to our troops
The Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio (GSNEO) have a sweet idea: Send their tasty treats to our troops serving in conflicts overseas.

Chicago area locals help out Habitat for Humanity
UAW members from two locals just south of the Windy City teamed up and answered their call to volunteerism by helping Habitat for Humanity build a home in Riverdale, Ill.,this summer

UAW members in North Carolina march for justice
Members of UAW Local 3520 joined the North Carolina/South Carolina Human and Civil Rights Council at a march in Raleigh, N.C., earlier this year to support workers at the Smithfield Hog Processing Plant who would go on to win a hard-fought organizing drive.

Members in Iowa ‘adopt’ a room at homeless shelter
UAW members from Local 807 in Burlington, Iowa., took it upon themselves to improve a house for the local homeless population by adopting a room, which they cleaned, painted and upgraded.

Pennsylvania local helps people with unemployment questions
UAW Local 3303 in Butler, Pa., partnered with the United Way of Butler County and the Butler County United Labor Council earlier this year to present an unemployment workshop for local community members.

Local 5286 members build home for Habitat for Humanity
Members of Local 5286, who work at the Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant in Mt. Holly, N.C., worked to complete a home for Habitat for Humanity while their plant was shut down earlier this year. A single mother with three boys will occupy the home.

UAW members rally for health care
Members of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981, and active and retired members of UAW Local 1590 from the General Motors Service Parts Operation in Martinsburg, W.Va., joined in a a rally for health care for all on June 25 in the nation’s capital.

For information on volunteer opportunities near your home or workplace, contact the Community Services Committee in your local union.