The Season of Giving
Like so much this year, our efforts as a union to celebrate the holiday season has been difficult. Many of you are familiar with our traditional holiday party for members and their children. Due to the limitations on indoor gatherings, this year we were not able to celebrate together, and distribute toys to children. Each year we also give away the toys remaining after the party to our neighbors down the street at Project Hope Boston, for the children of women in need of assistance.
It is the season of giving, and so many are in need this year. Homelessness and unemployment are everywhere. In the spirit of outreach and care for others that union solidarity represents, this year Insulators Local 6 has supported Project Hope Boston, Unite Here Local 26 and Food For Free in their efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of families, children and workers in Massachusetts.
The events of this year have further strengthened our sense of community and underscored the importance of supporting one another. We are committed to giving back to our community, and helping local organizations and unions where we can!
Project Hope Boston, located in Roxbury right near our union hall, is a multi-service agency that works with women and families in the Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston to help them move out of poverty and break the cycle of homelessness. Every year, Project Hope strives to ensure that Boston’s families and children enjoy a joyous holiday season. This year, Insulators Local 6 was proud to help Project Hope spread some holiday cheer with a contribution to the organization’s 2020 Holiday Gift Card Drive. Our contribution will help support Project Hope families, many of whom are dealing with homelessness and job loss, and ease the pressure on parents around purchasing gifts.
If you wish to participate in Project Hope Boston’s gift card drive, click here.
Food For Free, based in Cambridge, is devoted to improving access to healthy food within our community and addressing food insecurity through programs that focus on “bridging the gap between waste and want.”
Insulators Local 6 began partnering with Food For Free after the devastating December 2016 Cambridge fire that displaced over 60 people. At the request of State Representative Marjorie Decker, a long-time friend of labor and Insulators Local 6 in particular, we have contributed every year since. We are proud to help Food For Free in their efforts to mitigate hunger and provide students with nourishment to support their learning.
For more information about the programs and ways to donate, click here.
Unite Here Local 26 represents workers in the hospitality industries of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Our brothers and sisters in this industry have been hit hard by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Many have been laid off, and there is still much uncertainty about when, or how quickly, the hospitality industry will be able to recover from the impact of this crisis. To lend support to our brothers and sisters during these difficult times and express union solidarity, Insulators Local 6 has donated funds to Unite Here Local 26. Our contribution will go toward helping our union brothers and sisters maintain family health insurance coverage, pay for food, rent and utilities, retrain for new jobs and replace lost wages.
If you wish to support Local 26, click here.