CFL News
February 01, 2018

Chicago Federation of Labor’s Donation to “For the Love of Lee” Helps Families in Need

Chicago Federation of Labor’s Donation to “For the Love of Lee” Helps Families in Need

As part of the Chicago Federation of Labor’s annual Labor Day event, CFL President Jorge Ramirez highlighted programs local unions work with and contribute to that are making a difference within the surrounding communities. During his speech, Ramirez reported the CFL Executive Board would make a $25,000 donation to the organization For the Love of Lee.

For the Love of Lee is a nonprofit organization started by Margarita and Jaime Rivera after their son Lee was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Their story was captured in Season 4, Episode 2 of Built to Last on ABC 7. When Lee was diagnosed, the Riveras knew they needed to rehab their house to make it safe and accessible for their son. Despite their best efforts, they were not able to complete the necessary repairs and reached out to the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters for help. The Carpenters, along with the Chicago Laborers District Council’s Locals and Training Center, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Painters District Council 14 and Plumbers Local 130, helped transform the house to fit Lee’s needs. Following this incredible generosity, For the Love of Lee focused its mission on assisting other families with children whose illnesses result in substantial financial hardships.

In the weeks following Labor Day 2017, Keith Jutkins, Assistant to the President of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, and Jose Maldonado, Financial Secretary for Carpenters Local 54, presented the CFL’s $25,000 check to Margarita, Jaime, and Lee to benefit the For the Love of Lee foundation. Two more families were helped, thanks to this donation.

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