“We’re Going To Keep On Helping Families Who Need Help” - The Niagara-Orleans Labor Council Adopts 20 Families For The Holidays, Underwritten By Its Affiliated Member Unions That Combine To Donate $2,500 For Array Of Clothing & Toys
The Effort ‘Caps Off A Year Of Generous Giving’ By Niagara Labor, Which Raised Another $16,000 At Its Annual Labor Night At The Races Event - ‘All Going To Help’ United Way Of Greater Niagara-Affiliated Community Programs
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – It is said the generosity of Organized Labor knows no bounds and that is certainly true up in Niagara County where the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council’s affiliated Member Unions came together to donate $2,500 to help make the Christmas Holidays a bit merrier for 20 needy area families.
In fact, in each of the past 15 years, the Niagara-Orleans Labor Council has traditionally adopted 15 to 20 families who were pinpointed by the local Salvation Army as needing help.
On top of that, the Labor Council and its affiliated Member Unions also joined together to raise another $16,000 at the Council’s annual Labor’s Night at the Races Event earlier in the year, bringing a 12-year fundraising total to just under $150,000.
The dollars raised at Labor’s Night at the Races helps fund 29 different programs that are administered by affiliated United Way of Greater Niagara organizations, which also work in the local community to help those in need.
Niagara-Orleans Labor Council President Jim Briggs told WNYLaborToday.com this week: “It’s something that (Labor) ‘takes seriously before and since the (Coronavirus) Pandemic hit.’ ‘Regardless of what is going on, there are people out there who are looking to make ends meet and Labor doesn’t ever forget them and our community where our Members work and live.’”
“What ‘gets lost, I think, that at every Union meeting across the region, one isn’t held where someone brings up a group or organization that needs help’ – from a family in need to a little league baseball team. And these two events (adopting families during the Holidays and holding the annual Labor’s Night at the Races event) are just the ‘highlights’ of what Labor ‘does every week and every month across Western New York,’” Briggs said.
United Way of Greater Niagara/Niagara-Orleans Labor Council Labor Liaison Bill Jakobi told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper: “We ‘appreciate’ the Labor Council and those Unions who donated ‘to make Christmas brighter for those in need.’ We were provided with a ‘wish list’ for each family by the Salvation Army and the money was used to purchase clothing and toys. ‘This is just a way to bring a smile to a child’s face on Christmas Day, who otherwise wouldn’t have very much or anything at all.’ ‘And, it’s because of Labor giving back every’ Holiday Season.”
Those Unions who made monetary donations to the adopt a family for the holidays effort included: The Niagara-Orleans Labor Council; Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168; Laborers Local 91; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 237 and 2104; the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 121; and the United Steelworkers (USW) District 4 Legislative Committee.
Meanwhile, Briggs told WNYLaborToday.com that the Labor’s Night at the Races Event will again be held at Ransomville Speedway next Summer and that Highmark/BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York had already agreed to stay on as its major sponsor.
“We’re already to go for next year,” he said. “(Highmark/BlueCross BlueShield) has already committed (as its major sponsor). “We’re ‘going to keep on helping families who need help.’”
United Way/Niagara-Orleans Labor Council Labor Liaison Jakobi added: “We’re ‘very pleased with this extremely fun and family-oriented event and we cannot thank the Niagara-Orleans Labor Council and its affiliated Unions enough for what they’ve done and continue to do.’”