A Month of Volunteer Action
This spring, hundreds of AFSCME members, retirees, and their families volunteered for community service projects where they live and work. The activities were timed to honor our union’s legacy with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, and our continuing fight for workers’ rights and social and economic justice.

The “month of action, celebration, and service” concluded April 25 when 125 people walked through St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood, cleaning up spring litter from lawns, parks, and sidewalks.

Here’s a sampling of what we did to “keep the dream alive.”

• Members of Retirees United helped assemble boxes of food for Fare for All, which provides meat and fresh produce at up to 40 percent less than customers would pay at a grocery store. Retirees also help distribute the food packages at sites statewide.

• Members of MnSCU Local 4001 and Stillwater Corrections Local 600 donated baby monitors and personal hygiene products to Dakota Woodlands, the only shelter for homeless families in Dakota County.

• Members of Child Care Providers Together Local 3400 held a diaper drive from the YWCA of St. Paul.

• Members and their families filled, packed, and shipped “MannaPacks” for Feed My Starving Children. MannaPacks are prepackaged meals formulated specifically to provide easily prepared and proper nutrition for children in poverty. Locals involved included DHS Locals 390, 607, and 1307, and Hennepin County Local 2822.

• Members of University of Minnesota Locals 3800 and 3937 collected 317 pounds of food for the food shelf at Neighborhood House in St. Paul.

• Members of State Locals 2672 and 2829 joined an “Earth Day” clean-up of the Layfayette Park office complex in St. Paul

• Members of Hennepin County Medical Center Local 2474 conducted a clothing drive

• Members of St. Paul Locals 2508 and 1842, and Ramsey County Local 8, took part in in a charity hockey showdown between city and county employees. The game raised nearly $19,000 for the St. Paul and Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Program.

• Members of Washington County Local 517 cleaned up Oakdale’s Discovery Park and distributed rain barrels at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

• Members of Arrowhead Local 66 donated more than 30 pints of blood to North Memorial Blood Center in Virginia, and served lunch for more than 135 people at Union Gospel Mission in Duluth.

• Members of Hennepin County Local 34 washed, sterilized, and packed donated flatware for Bridging, which supplies furniture and household goods for people transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Members of Hennepin County 2822 also collected pillows for Bridging.

• Members of Ramsey County Local 8 served a meal at the Wilder Center for Aging in St. Paul.
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