From the director, Gary Jones, Region 5: It Was a Great Year for Our Region


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As another year begins, we wanted to use this issue to feature some of the great things that our Region 5 members do for their communities.

It’s All About the Children

Garrett Waters & Kim Rowlands,
UAW Local 249

At the beginning of the school year, Local 249’s Human & Civil Rights Committee volunteered and donated money to Shaping the Urban Core Communities to Excel in School & in Society (Urban S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Inc.). By supporting this event, we helped provide over 200 backpacks filled with grade specific supplies for school children in grades K-12.

We also donated to this organization for their Fall Festival (Trunk-or-Treat). This provided a safe and secure alternative to trickor- treating in the urban community.

This is the fifth year the Community Services Committee has done a Coats for Kids Day. We worked out a deal with JCPenney and they gave us a generous discount. In the past, we took between 10 and 12 kids to JCPenney and let them pick out new coats, gloves, hats and warm winter clothing.

This year we wanted to go bigger. One of our Community Service Committee members has a family member who teaches at Border Star Montessori School in the Kansas City School District, in which 40 percent of their students live below the poverty level. We decided that we couldn’t buy for some of the children and not others so we bought coats, hats and gloves for 142 children. It was the best day EVER!!! We sold food and 50/50 raffle tickets at our union meetings and we also have a soda machine and the sales from it are used to buy coats.

Next year we plan on going even bigger so wish us luck!

Making Strides for a Cause

As UAW members, we are proud to stand together to support a cause that affects so many people. On Oct. 22, Locals 2250 and 282 joined together and walked in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, which is a celebration of survivorship. Participating in this awesome event displayed true solidarity among not only the UAW members but the many survivors and their families and friends.

Helping Others Makes for a Great Christmas Holiday

Tanya Love, UAW Local 276

Region 5 – Gary Jones

We all enjoy some aspect of the Christmas holidays, whether it be time with family, time off from work, or the giving and receiving of Christmas gifts. The holidays can be very enjoyable; unfortunately, many homeless children often go without basic needs being met and their wants are not even acknowledged. This year, like the past 41years, General Motors and UAW Local 276 have made the Christmas season a little brighter for 30,514 homeless children through our Toys for Kids program benefiting Mission Arlington. Our fundraising through food sales, raffles, and payroll deductions raised $117,000 this year for children ranging in age from six months to 15 years old. We also have an Angel Tree and give approximately 300 gifts to our local Child Protective Services. Our UAW Veterans Committee and the GM Arlington Veterans Group also worked together to assist families of our local Reserve and active duty military members who struggled to provide Christmas gifts for their families. We here in Arlington, Texas, enjoy our holidays, as well as finding ways to help others enjoy theirs, too!

Happy New Year!


UAW Region 5 Office
Phone: (314) 731-2800

UAW Region 5 Voices • Gary Jones, Director • Vance Pearson, Assistant Director • Regional office: 721 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042, • Phone (314) 731-2800 • FAX (314) 731-2729 • Region 5 includes Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington • Pat Hayes, editor


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