Community Services

DOWNLOAD the 2015 PA AFL-CIO Community Services Week of Action Toolkit

To revitalize American communities, workers must address massive economic shifts that have occurred in the last 20 years.  These economic shifts have removed the “ladder of opportunity” and replaced it with a deepening “well of dependence” where workers and their families must rely on the goodwill of others to survive.  Dedicated leadership and creative approaches are needed to bring forth a new labor vision within our communities realizing that each community has a unique combination of assets on which to build their future.

The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation.  To accomplish this mission we will build and change the American labor movement… (Read More)

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YouthBuild Students Take Part in Day of Caring, Reading

United Community Services for Working Families, an agency associated with the Reading-Berks Central Labor Council, recently participated in the United Way Day of Caring in Reading when its cohort of YouthBuild students volunteered to clean up Aulenbach’s Cemetery. Eight YouthBuild students along with the UCSWF President Ashley Chambers and program instructors spent the day cleaning up fallen tree branches, mowing the grass and power-washing the buildings.  Read More
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In Case You Missed It: CSI 2017

Last week the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO held the 58th Annual Community Services Institute in Reading, PA.  Union and community activists from across the Commonwealth came together to discuss and plan projects in their neighborhoods.  The three-day conference included workshops and panel discussions on a wide range of issues facing Pennsylvania’s communities and training for CSI delegates.    Read More
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Labor Leaders Co-Host Town Hall on Opioid Abuse

Monday evening, Lehigh Valley Labor Council, AFSCME District Council 88, and Teamsters Local 773 co-hosted a labor town hall on the opioid epidemic at the new Teamsters Local Hall in Whitehall, PA.  Panelists shared their stories and discussed resources available to the community.  Read More