On Saturday May 7th Machinists Volunteers pitched in at the Annual Auburn Clean Sweep.
Our team built a fence like structure and installed art panels. This was a great event to show District 751’s commitment to building a better community.
Seattle WA - Help for The Homeless at Qwest Field
Members of the Machinists Volunteer Program (MVP) teamed up with the United Way of King County to provide valuable services to the Seattle area homeless. If for nothing more than maybe just a day to say we appreciate you and give them access to a variety of services and even a little pampering, it was a good day.
Seattle WA - Volunteers Recognized at Annual Machinists Volunteer Banquet
Kent WA - Deck and Railing Project - March 2011
Tacoma WA - March 2011 MVP's Cook and Serve Dinner at the Tacoma Rescue Mission
Stanwood WA - MVP's Step up to help a fallen Brother - January 15th 2011
When an aggressive cancer, took her husband
of nearly 20 years and left her with a 13-year old daughter and a 12-year old son, Vicky found help from her family – her union family.
The Machinists Volunteer Program (MVP) was first contacted in late October to build a wheelchair ramp for the member in Stanwood, who was wheelchair bound after being diagnosed with cancer, which made it difficult to get in and out of his home for treatment. Making it even more challenging was the fact that he had moved his wife and two kids to the area just three years earlier to accept a job on the 787 line – leaving them with no real family support network to help.
While at the home getting measurements for the wheelchair ramp, Health and Benefits Rep Garth Luark noticed they also desperately needed to resurface their deck.
Tragically, the next time he talked with the wife to schedule the project, he learned the cancer was extremely aggressive and the member passed away just before Thanksgiving – leaving the wife and two children devastated at the holidays.
While the ramp was no longer needed; there was still the issue of the family’s deck in back of the house. The surface boards were so badly rotted; the family couldn’t use the rear entrance to the home – making it a hazard if they ever had to exit the home in a hurry.
Garth brought up this story at a District 751 staff meeting and all of the staff agreed to adopt the family for the holidays. The money donated not only took care of the family at Christmas, but paid for the materials to resurface their deck.
The donations ensured the family had a decent Christmas under the worst circumstances, and on January 15th, a group of volunteers went to the home to resurface the deck. The volunteers were pleasantly surprised and honored to help celebrate one of the kids birthday with the family.
Vicky was so surprised and thankful for the support. She wished to express her thanks to the staff and members of the union for their overwhelming support.
Thank You! - To all of the Staff who donated to this project. Special thanks to the volunteers who did the work: Jon Holden and Richard Jackson Business Reps in Everett, Health and Benefits Representative Garth Luark, Union Stewards Robley Evans, Brent Sanchez, Jeff Presteen, Mitchell Christian, member Phil Westberg, Local A President Jason Redrup and Jim Hutchins - Retiree
Northwest Harvest Food Sort December 28th
Machinists volunteers gathered over the holiday break to help Northwest Harvest sort and pack thousands of pounds of frozen beans. Thank you to the members and their families for taking a little time during the holiday break to make our communities better. If you would like to get involved in helping us help others, click here and sign up to be on our monthly mailing list of upcoming events. You can also check the calendar here for upcoming events.
December 2010 - Toy n Joy Event with the Salvation Army
Machinists Volunteers spent much of the day on Monday December 20th gathering toys donated from various Puget Sound area businesses and organizations for the Salvation Army. Machinists also helped set up the Qwest Field exhibition center for the distribution event held on Tuesday December 21st.
Thank you to all our Machinists Union brothers and sisters for helping to build better communities.
December 2010 - Machinists and Hometeam Harvest
Machinists in Action at Hometeam Harvest & Seahawks Blue Thunder Drum Corps supporting the cause
December 2010 - Machinists rang bells for the Salvation Army at Westlake Center in Seattle
Update - KING 5 T.V. Report of Machinists Building a Better Community
December 2010 - Machinists Load up to Support Home Team Harvest This Saturday!
"Truly, the Aerospace Machinists Union has become as much a part of Home Team Harvest as anyoneelse. It’s never been an official partnership, but you should know how much we appreciate you and have come to depend on you for your leadership on location each year. You’re the ones out there directing traffic and carrying those big bags of food from trunks to trucks.
I hope you’ll be back to help us THIS December 4th… because we need you – we need LOTS of volunteers." click here for the video feed
Salvation Army Toy and Joy Tag n Bag- District 751 November 2010
IAM District 751 Wheelchair Ramp for retired member - November 2010
IAM Local 1951 Member Receives a Guide Dog - October 2010
Guide Dogs of America was founded over 60 years ago by Joseph Jones, Sr. with the help of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
(IAMAW or IAM)
Salvation Army Candy Drive delivery - October 29th 2010
IAM 751 Marysville Ramp Project October 2010
To see more videos of projects the IAM does to Build Better Communities, be sure to check out our IAM Building Community Youtube Page here.
IAM Team 751 Breast Cancer Walk - October 2010
IAM DL 751 Members and Families Help out a Brother
Wheelchair ramp and yard work volunteers lending a hand after a shop fundraiser for Brother Caldwell - September 11th 2010
IAM LL 778 Pro Street Guide Dogs of America Bike
Wheelchair Ramp Project - IAM District 751 Washington