IBEW’s Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) Solano Chapter commemorated EWMC’s Fourth Annual International Day of Service in November at three different community service activities across the Local’s jurisdiction.
In Sacramento, IBEW 1245 Staff Organizer Rene Cruz Martinez coordinated the EWMC volunteer effort at Loaves and Fishes, an organization committed to feeding the hungry and housing the homeless. The nine union volunteers assisted in thawing, cutting, marinating and preparing 140 turkeys, which would end up feeding more than 1,000 people on Thanksgiving.
“Giving back reminds us of how blessed we are, and I am grateful the EWMC offers this opportunity to serve,” said Charlotte Stevens.
“It’s amazing… that we as a union family can make such a big difference in people’s lives,” added Omar Anguiano.
In Vacaville, IBEW 1245 Office Manager Tonya Alston spearheaded the Day of Service in conjunction with HashtagLunchbag (HTLB) and her family’s own community service organization, the We Are Deeply Rooted Foundation. The 11 volunteers made 121 lunches in hand-decorated bags, as well as 101 care packages. They passed out the care packages and lunches to homeless individuals in Suisun and Sacramento.
“I am genuinely grateful for our HTLB volunteers and the enthusiasm they bring to these events,” said Alston, who regularly hosts HTLB events at the union hall.
In Fresno, Local 1245 Lead Organizing Steward Laquania “Q” Davis brought 14 union volunteers together to help out at the Poverello House, which provides food, shelter and critical services to needy children and families. The volunteers spent the day sorting and folding clothing that will be given to homeless individual in the community.
“Overall, the EWMC Solano chapter had a total of 33 volunteers completing 129 volunteer hours for EWMC International Day of Service,” reported Davis.
To get involved with EWMC’s Solano Chapter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.