Some 17 USW members this week helped underprivileged kids get ready to start the school year right, participating in the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) sponsored “Back 2 School” event in Pittsburgh.
Steelworkers from Local 3657, all staff at the International headquarters, helped tear down and clean up the NCJW’s back-to-school “store” where elementary students from pre-qualified families can shop for free clothes, school supplies, shoes, coats and more while their parents learn about resources to help their families.
“We are proud to be able to say that Steelworkers will never turn down an opportunity to help when we can,” said USW International Vice President Fred Redmond. “Community service has always had a place in our union, and we are committed to building a culture of service throughout the union. USW staff and members know the importance of community building and giving back. It’s all about making life better for everyone.”
This is the fourth year the Pittsburgh chapter of the NCJW has hosted the event, helping almost 600 children and their families with the assistance of roughly 400 volunteers.
“The event was a huge success, the looks on the kids’ faces were incredible to see,” said Meredith Brown of the NCJW Pittsburgh. “I took a girl around the store and she couldn’t believe that she got to get both a winter hat and gloves because every year she’s had to pick one or the other.”
For more information on USW’s community involvement please go to usw.org/uswcares.
For more information on NCJW and how to volunteer please visit NCJWpgh.org.