Aug 162016

A big thank you to all who participated in our Stuff the Bus Campaign.  We ended up with lots of school supplies for those in need.

Thanks also to the Lead Stewards who went above and beyond to help get the donations and drop off the supplies.  Also, a special shout out to our Retirees Club who donated two carloads of supplies along with others who brought more to their meeting.  Then, they even helped us load the bus!IMG_20160816_152743

Thank you all again!

Jan 262016



The United Way of Genesee County is accepting monetary donations for the purchase of filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts.  100% of these funds are used for these projects and no administrative fee is assessed.  Donations can be done either by:

  • Online:
    At, click the GIVE button.  This will then provide a choice to designate to the Water Fund.
  • Checks mailed to:
    United way of Genesee County
    Attn: Cindy Cromwell
    P.O. Box 949
    Flint, MI  48501
    Memo line:  Water Fund

Please note that any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund at   This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.

  • Optimal child health & development
  • Early childhood education
  • Continuous access to a pediatric medical home
  • Access to infant and child behavioral services
  • Nutrition education
  • Healthy food access
  • Safe & healthy home environments
  • Integrated social services
  • Research

In regards to dropping off donated water, donations can be delivered at the following locations:

  • Large Donations (100 cases/pallets or more):
    Foodbank of Eastern Michigan –   2300 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI  48503.
    Contact:  810.239.4441, please call prior to making delivery to ensure they are open (staff available)  The Food Bank needs cases to be on pallets for quicker unloading and on trucks with lift gates.  To insure wait time will be minimal, please schedule ahead of time for specific day, time, and drop off location.  Also, please note who you speak with when making any arrangements in case I need to track arrangements.   Staff and available bays for unloading is limited especially due to the extra deliveries coming in.
  • Smaller Donations (less than 100 cases):
    Monday thru Friday:
    Catholic Charities, Center of Hope – 901 Chippewa St., Flint, MI  48503.  Please do not call prior to delivering, M-F – 8:00 to 4:00
    Saturday thru Sunday:
    American Red Cross, 1401 S. Grand Traverse St, Flint, MI  48503.  Please do not call prior to delivering, 8:00 to 5:00


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If you are in the area and wish to volunteer, the United Way of Genesee County, the Michigan Community Service Commission and the American Red Cross of East Central Bay-Michigan have come together to operate the volunteer center.

They need volunteers to do data entry (inside work), as well as going out into the community (must be at least 18 years of age) to distribute water, filters, etc.

The Volunteer Reception Center hours:

M-F   11:00am-6:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday Noon-5:00pm

American Red Cross
1401 S. Grand Traverse St
Flint, MI  48503


If you have groups coming from out of the county who want to volunteer, please do not show up at the Red Cross expecting to work in the community precisely at that time.  If you wish to be part of a team working within the community, you will have to register beforehand, have a background check, have proper ID and be assigned in advance to work with a team.  This is for your safety as well as the safety of residents in the community. Groups over five in number, please call (810) 232-8121 in advance to set you up with the coordinator.


Oct 062015

CWA Local 4034

Dear CWA 4034 Member,

2014 UW HeartOn behalf of the United Way and CWA Local 4034, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to those of you who have taken the time to contribute to this year’s campaign. United Way believes investing in our community is an important responsibility. When you give to United Way your return on investment is more children receiving a quality education, more families with enough income to remain independent and more seniors with the support they need for healthy aging.

Our campaign will wrap up on Oct 9th. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to pledge your support. Remember, pledges will not automatically rollover this year as they have in the past, all employees must login and update their contributions. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Thank you again for supporting the United Way!

Mar 232015

Mike FronA note from the family of Mike Fron:

The Michael Fron family would like to thank AT&T, the CWA 4034, as well as, the Alpine and 36th Street Garages for their financial generosity, presence at the funeral home and funeral, and their outpouring of support during this difficult time.  We have been deeply touched by the kindness of those who Mike worked with on a daily basis.

Stephanie Mosher (Fron)

Feb 182015
Union Scholarship

Union Scholarship

The Robert D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered by the Cleveland Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Application deadline is 5 p.m. EDT, April 30, 2015.  Awards will be announced by June 19, 2015.

The fund was established by a unanimous vote at the 1999 CWA District 4 Meeting in memory of District 4 Vice President Emeritus Robert D. Johnson.  A random drawing is used to select the scholarship awards.
Applications must be completed and submitted through the Cleveland Foundation’s Scholarship Gateway site.  Information on how to apply for a scholarship is at:
1) Be a child of, or a current member or retiree of CWA-District 4 (Membership tenure must be at least 18 months.)
2) Have, at a minimum, a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 grade scale
3) Be accepted at an accredited college or universiety as a full or part-time student (at least six credit hours)
Feb 182015

2014-12-18 Feeding AmericaUnemployment numbers in Michigan may be trending downward in recent months, but for many, wages remain stagnant, social service programs that offer financial and food assistance are being cut, and families are having to work longer hours just to keep food on their tables. Last year was the first full year of our Food Truck Program in Kent County. Through our Local Labor Liaison at United Way we were able to secure a Mobile Pantry Account from Feeding America West Michigan.

For $500 we purchased a 5,000-pound Mobile Pantry each month except January and February of 2014. In 2014, the Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council and its Community Action Team was able to distribute an incredible 64,927 pounds of food through its Food Truck Program, with Union members and retirees volunteering their time to distribute it on the third Thursday of each month, at a different church or Food Pantry location around Kent County.

“This is just further evidence that the need for food assistance has not decreased in our community,” said Feeding America West Michigan CEO Ken Estelle. “Too many of our neighbors are still battling underemployment, joblessness, rising food and healthcare costs. In many cases, this isn’t a one-time emergency. It’s a chronic need.”

We could use your help! For $500, you can join Teamster Local 406, UAW-1D, UA 174, KICLC, UFCW 951, IBEW 275, GREA and the RWDSU in sponsoring one or more trucks in 2015. That’s right, just $500 purchases thousands of pounds of food each month to help the communities in which we work and live. Whether you sponsor a whole truck or cannot do as much, it all helps! Whatever the amount, please make the check out to Feeding America West Michigan and write “Account #00191” in the memo line and send here:

Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council
918 Benjamin NE
Grand RApids, MI 49503

Questions or concerns? Please call 616-456-8233 or email the KICLC.

Dec 222014

10258393_666087520167356_7791723783338281191_oOver 100 struggling families were given food assistance last week thanks to a partnership between the Kent-Ionia Labor Council and Feeding America, with special thanks to the First Community Church AME for providing space and cheerful volunteers. Volunteers from union locals all over Grand Rapids showed up to donate their time and treasure to ensure those in our community who need help do not go hungry. Feeding America and the Kent-Ionia Labor Council set up a community food-distribution truck 2014-12-18 Feeding Americaonce a week, generally on Thursdays, all over Kent County. The next food-truck event will be on January 15. The location will be announced soon, so watch this space. In the meantime, if you need assistance or know someone who does, more information can be found here.


Dec 192014

Christmas-RaffleWOW!!  Our Lead Stewards and helpers were able to collect $1400 in raffle ticket sales.  Which means that:

Our Lucky Winner: Dionje Evans, UVERSE Manager, Won:  $700.00

Feeding America, West Michigan will get $350.00 from the raffle and Mid Michigan Food Bank will get $350.00 from the raffle.

Dionje graciously donated $350.00 of his winnings back to the cause, so another $175.00 to each organization.

In addition to that our Grand Rapids Retirees Club donated $400.00 from their treasury so each organization will get an extra $200.00 from them.

And, that’s still not all.  Our Layout and Design Group held a bake sale which raised another $206.00 and we received $10.00 in donations from others giving a grand total of: $833.00 to each worthy organization at a time when they can really use it.  We also received canned goods that will be distributed accordingly.

Grand Rapids Design Layout members donate to local charities.

Grand Rapids Design Layout members donate to local charities.

The Officers and Staff of Local 4034 would like to thank each and everyone of you that participated in our 2014 Holiday Giving Program.  We most certainly are: The Community Minded Union!!!!

Happy Holidays to your and yours.

Nov 242014
Union Scholarship

Union Scholarship

This is a reminder that applications are now being accepted through April 30, 2015, for the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation’s annual scholarship offerings for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved the awarding of fifteen (15) partial college scholarships of up to $3,000 each, and the winners also will receive second-year scholarships for the same amount, contingent upon satisfactory academic achievement.

Eligible for the scholarships are CWA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren, including the dependents of retired, laid-off, or deceased members. Applicants must be high school graduates or high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply. Undergraduate and graduate students returning to school may also apply.

Applications will be available solely online for completion and submission to the Foundation’s website:  The winners will be chosen by lottery drawing. Further information about the program can be found at the website.

This valuable scholarship program is made possible by the funding of CWA locals.

Sep 242014

2014 UW HeartOn behalf of the United Way, we would like to send a heartfelt thank you to those who have taken the time to contribute to this year’s campaign.

As you know, economic difficulties have left many families struggling with foreclosures, unemployment, and insufficient medical care. The United Way is committed to lessening these difficulties for families in an effort to strengthen the communities in which our members live and work.  Your donations will help fund different charities and provide emergency assistance and essential services to thousands of residents in need.

The United Way Campaign ends October 10th.  If you have not taken the opportunity to pledge your support, please take a few minutes to do so.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about United Way or the at&t pledge site, please feel free to contact the Hall 616-241-4459 or email.

Thank you again for supporting the United Way!

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