You work with your community.
What affects one, affects us all. We work together to better our neighborhoods and our communities.
Helping a Family
Members of the Newburgh (N.Y.) Teachers’ Association teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh to renovate the home of a family whose children are enrolled in their school district. Ensuring a stable home for a family helps teachers do their jobs, says NTA president Philip Cordella, because it provides children the solid foundation they need to come to school ready to learn.
Honoring Everyday Heroes
Andy Czerkas, a member of the Madison (Wis.) Area Technical College Full-Time Teachers’ Union, with his wife, started a food pantry in Madison that grew to be the largest in the county, serving 21,000 families in 2009. Czerkas, voted as a 2010 AFT Everyday Hero, said he was accepting the honor on behalf of the volunteers who gave 26,000 hours to the food bank. AFT Everyday Heroes from all AFT constituencies were honored in 2010 and 2011.
North Dakota Public Employees Association chapter members at Mayville State University, like their counterparts in AFT locals from Rhode Island to Alaska, sponsor a scholarship program. The competition is open to the children of NDPEA members attending MSU, and the chapter’s fundraisers involve the entire university community.
Making Strides Against Cancer
More than 13,000 members of the New York State United Teachers participated in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in 2008. For the second time, since the union began participating in 2002, NYSUT members raised more than $1 million to help find a cure and to help those suffering from cancer, says NYSUT vice president Maria Neira, who also is an AFT vice president.