Category: Community Service

blackpressusa OP-ED: Better Angels and How They Travel

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW What is the distance a good deed can travel? What does a warm bowl of soup mean? What does a warm bed mean? A new bike or a kind gesture from a stranger? All these things are small in and of themselves, but the smallest gesture to someone in need can move all the markers. If you are cold and someone offers you a warm sleeping bag, is there a measure for that? If you are hungry, and someone gives you a warm meal, how far does that go? To anyone who has ... Read more

Keeping the Toys for Tots Tradition Going

During the holidays, UAW Local 685 has a tradition of helping their community.  The local teamed up with the Goodfellows organization and the Marine Toys for Tots Program to provide hope and toys for less fortunate families in the community.  The groups have worked together for several years purchasing toys and then distributing them locally.  Donations to buy the toys are collected from the 6000 membered local consisting of Kokomo Engine, Tipton, Indiana and Kokomo transmission along with a few amalgamated units.  Once the collection is complete, volunteers then go purchase the toys with the funds.  Puzzles, coloring books, etc. ... Read more

UAW Cosponsors with KISS-FM, EMG Foundation on Sleeping bag drive to benefit homeless

KISS-FM radio host Mildred Gaddis Countless people are facing staggering statistics of homelessness throughout the country in 2020.  According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 8,351 people are homeless on any given night in the state of Michigan alone.  That is why the UAW joined and the EMG Foundation to cosponsor a sleeping bag drive for the homeless. The Mildred Gaddis show broadcasted the Bed in a Bag Radiothon live on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, from McDonalds,  located at 1000 Mack Ave Detroit, Michigan from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The 6th annual event is a community effort to raise money ... Read more

UAW President Rory L. Gamble helps launch “Day of Giving” for Detroit Goodfellows on WJR

UAW President Rory L. Gamble helped launch “Day of Giving” for Detroit’s original and only Goodfellows Organization on the WJR Paul W. Smith show on Friday. The show was devoted to discussing and supporting the important work of the Detroit Goodfellows. DOWNLOAD BROADCAST HERE

UAW lends helping hand to Detroit’s Feeding the Frontlines

The brave men and women who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis are getting a little help from a group of dedicated Detroiters who got together to deliver daily meals to these hardworking frontline responders. The UAW has supported the project with a donation of $25,000. “We are so pleased to be able to support this important effort to help the dedicated workers who are stepping up to save lives and keep our communities running during these difficult days,” said UAW President Rory L. Gamble. “I want to commend the Mayor’s office and all partners involved in this ... Read more

Labor Voices – Opinion: UAW members support community

When UAW members pledge to support each other, they do not mean just fellow UAW members. The sense of brotherhood and sisterhood is not only about working conditions, fair wages and benefits for UAW members — it’s about supporting the whole community, ensuring healthy lives and doing our part as a family of people creating rewarding lives in this country and around the world. Nothing could illustrate this fact more than the thousands of UAW members who have volunteered to work around the clock with companies in every sector to manufacture much-needed medical equipment during this time of crisis. Read ... Read more

Community Supports Local 211 Members During the Strike, Members Return the Generosity

The nearly 900 members of UAW Local 211 know the true reason for the holiday season is giving. And give, they do. The local’s members, nearly half from GM Powertrain in Defiance, Ohio, are gearing up for their annual Quarter Auction to benefit those in need in the Defiance area. Nicole Neth is chair of the Women’s Committee, which runs the auction. “I get the joy of giving back,” said Neth. “It’s extremely important for UAW locals to help their communities, especially after the GM strike taught me how tied we are to the community. Our community supported us 100% ... Read more

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, UAW Help Improve Access to Flint River

Via Union Sportsmen’s Alliance: Anglers and paddle-sports enthusiasts of all ages and physical abilities are enjoying better access to Michigan’s scenic Flint River, thanks in part to a $7,000 donation raised during the inaugural Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 1-D Conservation Dinner. The funds, along with a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), helped fuel the creation of the new Paddler’s Landing public access in Mott Park Recreation Area in Flint. The new structure is part of an on-going, large-scale revitalization project driven by the city of Flint, Corridor Alliance Chapter (CAC) of ... Read more

Local 2250 sends area kids to school with the tools they need

The start of school is an important time for kids and having the materials they need to succeed makes all the difference. Thanks to UAW Local 2250 members at General Motors’ Wentzville, Missouri, Assembly Plant, hundreds of kids who might not otherwise have had those materials will be all set this year. Over the summer, local 2250’s Community Service Committee collected supplies and cash, and worked with the United Way and other community organizations to provide 300 school backpacks to area school children. Each pack was filled with loads of essentials, including pencils, paper, pencil pouch, notebook, paint, pocket folder, ... Read more

Local 1588 and area community business join together to help a union brother

When a fellow union brother at Local 1588 at PPG Industries in Delaware, Ohio, became ill and doctors said he couldn’t leave the hospital until his house had an entrance wheelchair ramp, Local 1588 members stepped up and made it happen as a team and included the generosity of the local community.   Local 1588 President Jeff Gase tapped the local’s Veterans Committee chair, Sean Jones, to put the plan in motion. He contacted Home Depot which donated gift cards for ramp landscaping while the committee put a 50/50 raffle together that collected needed funds from Local 1588 sisters and ... Read more