Veterans Day: Labor Turns To Community Service

In honor of our country’s veterans, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s Community Service Liaisons across the state have launched projects centered around giving back to their community.  Being pro-veteran isn’t about a lapel pin or a political party. Our veterans face real issues that require community support and constructive action.  The union movement is dedicated to community service and providing a helping hand up to the veterans in our communities.

In Erie, community services liaison and USW member Ron Oliver worked with the Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council and the United Way of Erie County to host a Veterans’ Day Breakfast free to the veterans and their families.  This is the 5th year the breakfast has brought together community partners like organized labor, the United Way, Highmark and the Burton Funeral Home to serve the veterans of Erie.

On Saturday, November 10 at 7:30am, the Harrisburg Central Labor Council and the United Way of the Capital Region will partner in a Day of Action.  Community services liaison and AFSCME member Dave Madsen has organized 5 volunteer projects in Harrisburg for union members and community volunteers to give back.  Projects include painting, outdoor clean-up, sorting and packaging food for the food bank, etc.  Breakfast will begin at the United Way of the Capital Region (2235 Millennium Way, Enola, PA).  Click Here to Register for a Project.

Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO and the United Way Community Services Committee partnered with PA Lumbermens Insurance Co to purchase and pack 400 personal care kits for veterans in Philadelphia.  On October 26th volunteers packed the kits containing: two toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shower gel, body lotion, chap stick and Q-tips along with a special note thanking them for their sacrifice and service.  On Oct 30th 100 kits were donated Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House and the remaining 300 kits will be donated to Philadelphia Veteran’s Multi-Service Center, and Outley House, the only residential men’s shelter in Philadelphia where approximately 45% of the residents are veterans.