Union charity work brings Christmas all year ‘round

This year alone, 22 unions have donated $2,844,276  in cash and voluntary services  to more than 440 charities, organizations and individuals.

GRATEFUL HOMEOWNERS Diane Campbell (seated, from left) and her mother Willie B. Lark, with volunteers from Rebuilding Together St. Louis and IBEW Local 1 (standing, from left) AmeriCorps Project Coordinator Kelcy Siddall, Development Director Cheryl Reale, AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator Leah Greenbaum, IBEW Local 1 Journeyman Electrician Tim Blackwell, Local 1 Business Representative Dave Roth, Rebuilding Togeteher Executive Director Dave Ervin and Rebuilding Together Program Director Jessie Conner. – Labor Tribune photo
GRATEFUL HOMEOWNERS Diane Campbell (seated, from left) and her mother Willie B. Lark, with volunteers from Rebuilding Together St. Louis and IBEW Local 1 (standing, from left) AmeriCorps Project Coordinator Kelcy Siddall, Development Director Cheryl Reale, AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator Leah Greenbaum, IBEW Local 1 Journeyman Electrician Tim Blackwell, Local 1 Business Representative Dave Roth, Rebuilding Togeteher Executive Director Dave Ervin and Rebuilding Together Program Director Jessie Conner.
– Labor Tribune photo

When Christmas ends Dec. 25, it will only end for family gatherings to celebrate the holiday. For the unions in Missouri and Illinois, however, Christmas is just a brief way- stop on their year-round effort to help charities and the less fortunate in their communities through crises and tragedies that are part of every community. Unions join the United Way and scores of other nonprofit agencies in extending a helping hand.

For unions, charity work brings Christmas all year ‘round!

Helping others is a heart-felt effort ingrained in union tradition.

They give their time, money and professional expertise to hundreds, if not thousands of groups, charities, organizations and individuals in need every day, year in and year out.

Here’s just one example: “Our members recently donated 20 vacation days to one of our members when his wife got breast cancer. He had no way to stay home to attend to her without loss of pay. We couldn’t let that happen. Those vacation days kept up his wages.”

They never ask for anything in return; they do it because it’s the right thing to do.

IBEW LOCAL 1 Journeyman Electrician Tim Blackwell puts the finishing touches on the electrical meter at Willie B. Lark’s home in Pine Lawn. –Labor Tribune photo
IBEW LOCAL 1 Journeyman Electrician Tim Blackwell puts the finishing touches on the electrical meter at Willie B. Lark’s home in Pine Lawn.
– Labor Tribune photo

They rarely get recognition, seek it out or make their good deeds known, except for a story in the Labor Tribune, or their Local’s newsletter.

The proposed right-to-work (for less) campaign underway in Missouri, if successful, will not only weaken unions and their abilities to help working families have better wages and working conditions, but reduce their ability to participate in charities that are such an important part of our local communities.

The Labor Tribune felt it important that people in and out of the Labor Movement understand the scope of the unselfish giving from union members to the communities in which they live.

That’s the purpose of this special insert: to let you understand yet another hidden value the unions bring to our communities, value few ever see except those on the receiving end of the unions’ good deeds.

We are reprinting some of the stories that have appeared – just this past year – to give you a feel for the depth and scope of union giving all year around. And it goes on year after year.

In a Labor Tribune survey this month, we discovered that the 22 unions who responded gave $2,844,276 in either direct cash contributions or provided their skills and talents free because there was a need, and it was simply the right thing to do.

When you realize that there are over 250 unions in our area alone, and several thousand across Missouri, one begins to grasp the enormity of help our unions provide, FREE, never asking for anything in return.

Some Republican lawmakers and out-of-state Big Money interests are bankrolling the effort to adopt this anti-worker law in Missouri.

When you hear someone bashing the unions, remember that union members are your friends and neighbors; unions are good for Missouri. Their volunteer involvement shown in this edition of our paper is just a partial example of how unions care.

Don’t be misled. Say “NO” to the phony right-to-work (for less) propaganda.


Groups helped by unions’ charity work

$5 For The Fight
325th Combat Support Hospital
50 Mile Walk for MS
76ers Club
Academy of Science of St. Louis
Action for Autism
Adopt a Client
Adopt a Vet
Adrenaline Softball
Advance St. Louis
Affton Athletic Department
Affton Education Foundation
Affton High School
Ainad Highlanders
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
All Souls Church
Almost Home, Inc.
Alpha Delta Pi Greek Week
Alpha Omega Ministry, Inc.
Althoff Catholic School
Alton Memorial Hospital
Always Brothers Local 2665
Alzheimers Association
AMC Cancer Research Center
American Association of the Dear-Blind
American Brain Tumor Association
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Legion Baseball
American Legion Post 208
American Legion Post 439
American Red Cross
American Welding Society
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Annual Black History Luncheon
Annual Freedom Fund Dinner
Apostolic Assembly of the Faith
April A. Phillip Randolph Institute
Arizona Myeloma Network
Arkansas AFL-CIO
Arnold Food Pantry
Arthritis Foundation
Assemblies of God World Missions
Assumption Church Building Fund
Asthmas & Allergy Foundation
Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation
Back Stoppers
Bataan March Memorial Reenactment
Battle of the Badges
Belleville, IL-United Way
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Bikers for Babies
BJC Hospice
Black Sox Baseball
Bond-Public Schools Renovation
Book Drive
Boost BBQ
Boy Scouts Flag Poles Project
Boy Scouts of America
Boys & Girls Club
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Bricklayers Truth Committee
Brighter Days Foundation, Inc.
Burn Aid Golf Classic
Burn Camp
Burn Victims Children Camp
Burns Recovered Support Group
C & H Athletic Association
Camp Ondessonk
Camp Sunrise
Cancer Center Foundation
Cancer Fund
Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Caring & Sharing Program
Caring for People Campaign
Carondelet Community Betterment
Catch A Falling Stars
CBC High School
CDS Golf Tournament
Center for Women in Transition
Children’s Eye Care East St. Louis
Children’s Miracle Network
Children’s Theater in Centerville
Christian Hospital Foundation
Citizens for Modern Transit
City of Florissant
Claire’s Cause
Coaches vs Cancer
Coalition of Black Trade Unionist
Coats for Kids
Coats for Kids
Colorado Flood Relief
Concord Lions Community Service
Construction Industry
Cor Jesu Academy
Coro Fellows
Cottage Hills VFW Post 7678
Cougar Athletic Fund/Softball
Council of Owners & Construction Assoc.
Crohns & Colitis Foundation
Crusade Against Crime
Cultural Diversity Committee
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Darrin’s Cancer Center
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
Dollars Against Diabetes
Dongola Hoops Club
Downtown Olathe Arts Festival
Eagle Scout Project
East St. Louis Catholic Grade School
East St. Louis Food Pantry
East St. Louis Youth Commission
Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council
Educate the Voters
Ella Rae Enderle Fund
Emerson Park Development
Energy Care
Epilepsy Foundation of St. Louis
Eureka Pacific Elks
Evening Under the Stars
Every Step Counts
Exceptional Educators
Exceptional Equestrians
Family Center
Father Brown
Father Dempsey’s Charities
Feed My People
Florissant Parks Foundation
Focus St. Louis
Fontbonne University Women’s Softball
Forest Park Forever
Fort Zumwalt South High School
Foundation for Children with Cancer
Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady
Franklin County First Responders
Friends of Dominican Sisters
Friends of Holy Trinity
Friends of River Trails
Friends of Scouting
Friends of Vietnam Veterans
Gateway 180
Gateway Academy
Gateway Hawks
Gateway Paralyzed Veterans Home
Gateway Science Academy
Gateway to Hope
Gene Slay’s Boys’ Club
Gentleman of Sound
Gerald Veteran’s Memorial Fund
Giant Steps of St. Louis
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
Girl Scouts of The Missouri Heartland
Girls in Construction Summer Camp
Give Missourians a Raise
Grace Missionary Baptist Church
Grace’s Place
Grand Center, Inc.
Gronek Children Educational
Guide Dogs of America
Guns & Hoses
Habitat for Humanity
Halfway High School
Halleluja House Food Pantry
Hayden Fife Benefit
Health Policy Forum
Heartbreakers Softball Team
Heartland Border Walk for MS
Heat’s On
Helias Project Graduation
Heritage Classical Christian Academy
Heroes of the Planet
HHS Booster Club
Highland Moose Lodge 2479
Hillsboro High School
Hodges Racing Team
Holiday House
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Hope Lodge
Hospice of Southern Illinois
Human Support Services
Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
IAMAW Disaster Relief Fund
Illinois Burn Camp
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
Immaculate Conception School
Infinite Scholars Program
Injured Police Officer Association
Insulators and Asbestos Local 1
International Printcraft Bowling Assoc.
Iron County Sheriff’s Deputies
Iron Workers Local 396
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center
Jackson County Executive Charity
Jackson Noon Optimist Club
Jason Romero Donation Fund
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Jefferson City College Fund
Jefferson County Growth & Development
Jefferson County Port Authority
Jefferson County Veterans
Jonesburg Optimist Club
Joplin Tornado Relief
Jump Rope for Heart Benefit
Junior Achievement of St. Louis
Junior Achievement of SW Illinois
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Kade’s Playground
Kaskaskia College
KETC-Channel 9
Kids Chance Inc.
Kidsmart-Tools for Learning
Kirkwood High School Hockey
Knights of Columbus Council 592
Komen St. Louis
Labor & Industry Museum
Land Clearance for Redevelopment
Landmarks Association of St. Louis
Leaps of Love
Lee’s Summit Relay for Life
Lemay Child & Family Center
Lemay Retirement Lodge
Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
Lewis & Clark Boy Scouts of America
Lewis & Clark Community College
Life Church
Lifeit Challenge
Lindbergh High School
Lindbergh Schools Foundation
Little League Football
Little Sisters of the Poor
Local 562 Adopt a Family Program
Lung Association
Lutheran Family & Children’s Services
Main Event
March of Dimes
Mark E. Kelley Memorial Fund
Mary Ryder Home
Matthews Dickey
Mayo Clinic
Medal of Valor Ceremony
Mehlville Fathers Club
Mehlville High School
Mel Price Apartments
Members Out of Work
Memorial Funds
Mercy Health Foundation Jefferson
Metro Chamber
Metropolitan Congregations United
Midwest Marine Foundation
Midwestern Braille Volunteers
Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Boys State
Missouri Coalition for Fair Competition
Missouri Jobs for Justice
Missouri Muzic Fest
Missouri Votes Conservation
Missouri Women in Trades
MLK Human Rights Awards Banquet
MO Association of Student Council
MODOT Adopt a Highway
Montgomery County Fair
Moolah Temple Shrine Circus
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
MRDD Donation
MS Society
Mud Run
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Assoc. of Women in Construction
National Fire Safety Council
National Kidney Foundation
National M.S. Society
National Myeloma Research Foundation
National Youth Competition
Nazareth Living Center
Next Step for Life
No Hunger Holiday
Northside Community Center, Inc.
Nurses for Newborns
O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry
Oklahoma City Disaster Relief Fund
Operation Brightside
Operation Food Search
Orlando Family Foundation
Our Children, Our Future
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Little Haven
Paralyzed Veterans Association
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
Pavilion/Playground Renovation
People for a Better Community, Inc.
Pevely Police Officers Association
Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors
Pinewood Derby
Police Partnership
Pope County Boosters
Preserve Middle Class
Pride of St. Louis
Project 2000
Project Graduation
Racin for a Cause
Rainbow Hospice
Rainbow Village
Ranken Jorden Hospital
Ready Readers
Rebuilding St. Louis
Rebuilding Together
Red Bud High School
Relay for Life
Responders Rescue
Rev-Up for Restart
Ride on St. Louis, Inc.
Ride St. Louis
Ronald McDonald House
Rooftop Community Church
Run for Research
Sailing for Veterans
Salvation Army
Sayer’s Senior Center
School Supply Drive
Shalom House
Sheet Metal Workers Scholarship Fund
Shriners Hospital
Sidewinders Baseball
Sisters of St. Joseph
SIUE Cougar Softball
Skills USA
Slow Down in Work Zones
Smithton Volunteer Fire Company
Sons of Amvets
Southeast Region Hospitality Fund
Southern Illinois Roughnecks
Spanish Society
Special Needs Soccer Association
Special Olympics
Springfield Bowl-A-Thon
St. Charles Elks
St. Charles Heat Softball Team
St. Clair School
St. Cletus Elderly Daycare
St. Dominic Booster Club
St. Frances DeSales
St. Joachim and Ann Care Service
St. John Lutheran Church
St. Johns Burn Center
St. Johns Mercy Hospital
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
St. Louis Amateur Boxing
St. Louis Area Food Bank
St. Louis Art Museum
St. Louis Assault Baseball Team
St. Louis Bocce Club
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis County Extension Council
St. Louis Crisis Nursery
St. Louis Dream Center
St. Louis Fire Baseball Club
St. Louis Food Pantry
St. Louis Gateway Classic
St. Louis Homeless Shelter
St. Louis Labor Council NAACP
St. Louis Police Athletic Association
St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame
St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame
St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center
St. Louis University
St. Louis Veterans Home
St. Louis Zoo
St. Martha’s Hall
St. Patrick’s Center
St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus
St. Patrick’s Parish
St. Peter and Paul Community Services
St. Vincent Church
St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry
St. Vincent Home for Children
Stand Up for Kids
Starlight Children’s Foundation
Steelville High School
Stonebridge Baptist Church
Storytellers, Inc.
Stray Rescue of St Louis
Support Dogs, Inc.
Talented Tenth
The Arthur J. Martin Scholarship Fund
The Solid 50
The Women’s Safe House
Tiffany’s Children’s College
Tigers Booster Club
Timberland Hockey Association
Tour De Pink Breast Cancer
Tree of Lights-Salvation Army
Tri-Cities, IL-United Way
Truman Medical Center
Twin City Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Green Building Council
UA Emergency Relief Fund
UA Scholarship Fund
UA Scholarship Shoot
UNICO Charities
Union Labor Mass
Union Sportsmen’s Alliance
Unitec Career Center
United 4 Children
United Way
Unlimited Play
USA Veterans
USO of Missouri
Veterans Fishing Day
Village of the Blue Rose
Walk to Cure Diabetes
Warren County Fair-Livestock
Westminister Christian Academy
Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation
Wild Canid Survival & Research Center
Winfield Future Farmers of America
Wings of Hope
Woman’s Home in Collinsville
Women’s Center of Wentzville
Woodriver,IL-United Way
Working Families’ Friend
World Bird Sanctuary
Worldskills America’s Competition
Wreaths Across America
Wright City Athletic Booster
Yes Cape Public Schools Committee
YMCA of Greater St. Louis
Young Survival Coalition
Youth Development Foundation

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