Giving Tuesday: Labor Joins in a Global Generosity Movement

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 marks “Giving Tuesday”, a global movement of generosity following well known consumer days such as “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”. The movement started back in 2012 with the encouragement to do good and give back. In hopes to inspire people, the goal is to unleash the power of collectives and organizations to transform communities. By starting with your own community, “Giving Tuesday” wants to celebrate and spread the generosity. This holiday season, Labor 411 is shining the spotlight on several unions that are making a difference in their own communities.

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ICG Local 600 Atlanta
The Atlanta Young Workers Committee is hosting a Holiday Clothing Drive. The committee is requesting donations of socks, undergarments and diapers for the Atlanta Mission Homeless Shelter. You can find donation bins at area camera houses, production offices and at the Local 600 Atlanta office. The drive will conclude at the Local 600 Holiday Party.

ICG Local 600 Los Angeles
The Local 600 International Cinematographer Guild of Los Angeles will be collecting new or slightly worn coats and socks for all sizes and any new or lightly used blankets for the homeless. There will also be an annual fundraiser raffle to support the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF), which provides critical resources to our members and their families in time of need.

Local 802-Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP) of Greater New York
By acknowledging their member’s livelihoods and health, MAP collaborated with The Friedman Health Center in offering free flu shots to musicians and other members of the entertainment industry. Members with or without insurance can stop by for a free flu shot on Thursday, Dec 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO 2019 Holiday Basket Program

The Community Services Agency launched its 2019 Holiday Basket Program. This program supports union and community families in need this holiday season. Local union and community members can help by donating gift cards and grocery cards from union grocery stores or by making financial contributions to CSA earmarked for “Holiday Baskets”. In addition, union and CSA partners can participate in adopting a family this Christmas. By giving back in such ways, members of the metro Washington labor community can continue with their ongoing support.

Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO Holiday Blood Drive
Philadelphia AFL-CIO has partnered with American Red Cross for a holiday blood drive this year. Members of this union recognize that donations can come in all forms, including lifesaving. In addition, the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO will also be raising money to adopt union families facing hardships. The money they raise helps families with groceries, gifts and other items they may need during this holiday season.

SEIU-1021 Bay Area Toy Drive
This year SEIU-1021 will be hosting its second annual toy drive for low-income families. With having helped 150 families in 2018, event organizers are setting the goal at 250 families this holiday season. From new toys to gift cards for children ranging from ages infant to 12 years old, SEIU-2021 of the bay area is expected to bring some holiday cheer to families in their local area.

Sheetmetal Workers Local 105 Toy Drive
In support of the Penny Lane Foster Facility in Lancaster. CA, Local 105 is proud to announce their second annual Toy Drive in support of the Penny Lane Foster Facility, a nonprofit organization that cares for over 3,500 neglected children. Donations of toys, clothes, and gift cards are all welcome. Local 105 had great success in 2018, let’s continue by helping the children of Penny Lane this year!

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