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Members Lend A Helping Hand
L-R:Donna Bergin and Sandy Hart of the New Britain Friendship Service Center; AFSCME Local 1214’s Nancy Taylor, Paul Morganti and Carolyn Rogers.
Council 4 members across the state are reaching during the holiday season to remember those who need a helping hand. Here are some recent highlights:
For the last three years, Pat Sisson of Local 1303-37 (Waterford Public Works/Town Hall) has collected bin after bin of non-perishable food items for donation to residents in need. With the support of his union and DPW management, Sisson takes time out during sanitation routes to collect the food. “Every Christmas season, a light bulb turns on in my heart,” Sisson explained. “I really want to help people because a lot of them are hurting, losing their jobs, having trouble paying bills."
Members of Local 1214, (Charter Oak State College in New Britain and the CT Distance Learning Consortium in Newington), donated an industrial-sized food freezer to the Friendship Service Center in New Britain, along with an additional $250 to purchase food. The freezer cost approximately $1,000. The local also donated $1,000 to the Newington Food Bank. Said Local 1214 President Carolyn Rogers, “We organized a Charitable Giving Committee in response to the strong desire to give back to our local community. I am very proud of our members for their generous donations.”
Responding to an article in the New Haven Register, the New Haven County Marshals Association, AFSCME Local 2193, donated $1,000 to help a New Haven resident with Lou Gehrig’s Disease re-equip his special needs van, which was stolen Dec. 7 and later found stripped of special equipment he needs to move around. "The headline of the article was ‘Stealing Christmas.’ I would like to think we are helping to bring back a little bit of Christmas back to Gilberto and his family,” said Marshals Association and Local 2193 Union Representative Mark D'Angelis.
Pat Sisson, AFSCME Local 1303-37 (Waterford Public Works/Town Hall) collects food during his refuse runs.
Local 2663 of Council 4's P-2 Human and Social Services bargaining unit, donated $850 to Connecticut Food Bank. Every year, Local 2663 donates the proceeds from its annual membership picnic to a local non-profit organization. According to CT Food Bank Executive Director Nancy Carrington, “For every $10 donated to our organization, we’re able to distribute food for 34 meals. So Local 2663’s gift will translate into nearly 2,900 meals.”
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