Unit 1 member leaders outfitting our children for success!
12:37 PM - August 30, 2012
Local 1000 gives more than 2,400 backpacks to members’ children statewide
As schools open their doors for the new academic year, Local 1000 opened its doors to provide children the tools they need to succeed in class–backpacks filled with school supplies. “Giving back to our members and communities is a big part of our vision at Local 1000. By starting these kids out right, we are investing in their future–in our future,” said Unit 1 member leader Cruz Naranjo (pictured right) at the Aug. 25 event in Sacramento. Similar events took place up and down the state.
Due to tough economic times, events like this make it easier for Local 1000 members to support their children’s future. According to PR Newswire, “The National Retail Foundation predicts that the average parent (or married couple) will spend at least $688 per child in back-to-school expenses, a 10% increase from the previous year.”
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One unique aspect of the Sacramento Back to School event – it was completely member run. Member leaders donated their time to help organize the event and hand out backpacks to members and their children on Saturday. “It was just amazing to see that member leaders were so enthusiastic about helping their brothers and sisters. I love it when they also take ownership of these events – it’s empowering to watch,” said union representative Melvin Stewart.
Not only are members stepping up to help this year, leaders have set an example for their own children who volunteered to help. “We are helping other kids get a better education and learn more in school,” said D’Angelo Reed, son of Unit 1 member leader Angela Reed. “Kids have been really excited to receive backpacks today, and it’s always a joy to see smiles on their faces when they do.”