One way we improve our communities is by helping each other, whether that be someone who is going through a tough time in their lives or they are in need of special services.
The many Districts of the IAM have been giving back and helping their respective communities through volunteerism and financial support to much needed services.
Did You Know - Machinists Union members have contributed millions of their own dollars to the United Way, which in turn helped to fund very much needed programs and services in their local communities?
The Employee Community Fund at Boeing (ECF) - Is where Union and non represented employees contributed over 10 million dollars to communities in Washington State alone for 2009.
The ECF is the largest employee community fund in the world. It started in 1951 raising $250,000. In 2008 the ECF reached a milestone with over 500 million dollars given back to Puget Sound area communities.
See where some contributions for 2010 have gone here
Teaching Our Kids
What a great way to teach our children not only valuable skills, but why it is we help others.
Spending time as a family with our children creates memories which last a lifetime.
High School students in most districts have requirements for volunteer service as part of the curriculum to graduate. The IAM can assist in finding projects for these students.
IAM District 751 in Seattle for example, has developed its own volunteer program called the Machinists Volunteer Program.
It is coordinated and run by working men and women who donate their free time to ensure our communities are taken care of.
These volunteer committee members meet twice a month to go over various requests and schedule dates when the job can be done.
Presidential Certifying Organization
IAM District 751 in Seattle is a certifying organization under the Presidential Volunteer Service Award Program. The President’s Volunteer Service Award program was created as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
Below is just a small sample of the many volunteer services IAM District 751 members in Washington have done: