CFL News
February 01, 2018

Chicago Area Unions Give Back Through United Way’s United For The Holidays Program

Chicago Area Unions Give Back Through United Way’s United For The Holidays Program

Each holiday season, United Way of Metro Chicago holds an annual holiday drive to make the holidays brighter for families in need throughout Chicagoland. Building on the success of their annual Adopt-a-Family program, United Way transformed the program into a family resource fair, called United for the Holidays, that celebrates community and service in the South Chicago Neighborhood Network. Chicago-area unions were major funders of this important event, contributing over $11,500 in donations and hundreds of toys to serve the needs of 500 community residents.

United for the Holidays was held blocks from the historic Steelworkers Park in South Chicago. Families from the neighborhood were given the chance to choose from a wide assortment of coats, hats, gloves and scarves. Additionally, each child that attended the event received two toys.

Donations and sponsorships from 22 unions and their representatives, including the CFL, were used to purchase coats, grocery stores gift cards, and family essentials, such as diapers, to give to local families in need. Elevator Constructors Local 2 and Rona Pileggi Spano (OPEIU Local 277), CFL’s 2017 Woman of the Year, contributed a combined donation of 600 toys to the event. The toys were a huge hit and helped spread holiday joy to kids in the South Chicago neighborhood.

“This effort of solidarity is an excellent demonstration of the ways that local labor unions work to give back and support local communities,” said CFL Secretary-Treasurer Bob Reiter. “Labor has always enjoyed an active, collaborative relationship with the United Way because building strong communities is a responsibility everyone should share. Thank you to all our affiliated unions that made the holidays brighter for hundreds of community residents by participating in this important program.”