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Worker Memorial Day: Remembering those who gave their lives on the job and continuing to push for a safe workplace.

Building a monument: Using a steel I-beam that was salvaged from the World Trade Center, more than 70 union members representing Carpenters Union Local 270, Iron Workers Local 96, Sheet Metal Workers Local 218, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 146, Laborers Local 159, Concrete Finishers Local 18, Teamsters Local 916 and Operators Local 965 assisted with the construction of the 9/11 memorial erected along the shores of Lake Decatur in Nelson Park.

NALC Food Drive: The National Association of Letter Carriers Local 317 and a bunch of union volunteers come together to collect food. Local 317 also supports and raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

We Are One Community: Raising money to provide grants to social service agencies in our community.

Community boards: Union members are proud to serve on the boards of numerous community organizations.

Coaching teams: If you attend a youth sporting event, it's very likely that a union member is helping to guide the team.

Elected officials: Their commitment to the community goes beyond the workplace. Union members also serve as elected officials in our towns, townships, counties and at the state and national level.

Coat drives: Providing warmth for those who would otherwise go without.

Thanksgiving baskets: Providing food so unemployed workers can enjoy the holiday.

Christmas giving: Unions take part in numerous programs, such as Toys for Tots, to provide Christmas cheer to those who need a little extra help during the holiday season.

DAD's Day: Laborers 159 participates annually in the Dollars Against Diabetes.

Bell ringers for the Salvation Army: Helping to fill those red kettles at union grocery stores in Decatur.

Shepherd 's hook project: Union-made plant hangers are sold at the Richland Community College Saturday Market to benefit scholarships for veterans.

Michael E. Shampine Memorial Scholarship: Annual scholarships to union members and their families.

Bucket drops: United Auto Workers 751 regularly collects donations from co-workers as they come to work. The money is given to veterans and social service agencies. UAW 751 retirees also conduct a Christmas food drive to support local pantries.

Let's Celebrate: Union electricians provide power resources for Decatur Celebration.

Giving back: Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 137 takes pride in being a valuable asset to the local community by building Christmas trees for downtown Decatur, assisting with the the Forsyth Classic golf tournament, donating labor and materials to the senior center, the shepherd hook project and helping the elderly.

George Meany Award: Presented by the AFL-CIO Executive Council in partnership with the Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly, this award recognizes union members who have made a significant contribution to the youth of their communities by volunteering with Boy Scouts of America programs.

Back to school: Painters Local 288 and the Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly have teamed up with Lockhart's Barber College to offer free haircuts for all school-aged children and young adults that are returning to school.

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