·  by Randy Graham, President of USW Local 8782

USW Cares: Baskets of Solidarity

During the planning stages of the 2018 District 6 Conference, the District 6 Women’s Committee received a request for locals and area councils to ask women’s shelters what items they need donated to help the women and children at the shelters get started again on their own. The plan was to build baskets of these supplies at the conference, as our community outreach.

I called my local shelter (women’s services) and found out that in all of Haldimand and Norfolk we have one shelter, and that is normally full. If they do not have the room then women are shipped to Niagara, Brant or Hamilton.

I also found what kind of stuff was needed.

Because of this, our women’s committee decided to have a social to incorporate solidarity between women, families, wives and retirees from our local, and at the same time raise funds to fill baskets.

The local membership also voted to donate all monies spent on supplies and food to the shelter.

We had enough donations to put together seven stuffed baskets for our local shelter. We raised just under $1,000.

I am very proud of the work of our Women of Steel Committee and participate where I can to show my support for the great causes that they undertake.


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