For the past three years, a group of Local 853 women have raised funds and volunteered for a variety of community organizations. Activities include spending a day doing home improvement work with Habitat for Humanity in Richmond to raising money to buy, sort and donate toys and gifts to the Davis Street Family Resource Center in San Leandro. They’ve also sought to get more women active in the Teamsters union.
Their work in 2015 has been as busy as in the past. This year, the group bought groceries for the Eastmont Garden of Hope in Oakland; they got the Local to make a donation to Drivers for Survivors, a local group that provides free transportation services and companionship for cancer patients in Fremont, Newark and Union City. And, at the Local’s membership appreciation meeting in November, they collected toys for the Davis Street Family Resource Center. They also passed a bucket to the crowd. Not only did the members donate $1,600, but the Local agreed to match it, with the proceeds being split between Davis Street and Eastmont. Their final activity this year will be on December 19, when they will sort toys for the toy give-away at Davis Street.
On the union side, they’ve met with the women’s committee of Local 287; reached out to all the Locals in the joint council to donate a t-shirt for the Teamster quilt, and sent materials and records to the Teamsters Archive Project in Washington, D.C.
All women in Local 853 are encouraged to join Sisters in Solidarity and get involved. For more information, contact Committee Chair Pam Gaskill at email@example.com and get on the e-mail list.