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How You Can Help Flood Survivors in Pensacola, Fla.

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Communities in north Florida around Pensacola were devastated by floods last week after 12 to 28 inches of rain fell in a 12-hour period. Damage was extensive and many people's lives were permanently changed. City officials said Pensacola suffered $23 million in damage, while Escambia County reported an additional $60 million. The local water utility estimated damage at another $5 million to its infrastructure.

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On May 10, Join the Letter Carriers and Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

On Saturday, May 10, you can “Stamp Out Hunger” by joining with the Letter Carriers (NALC) union in its 22nd annual food drive—the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Letter Carriers collected more than 74.4 million pounds of food last year, bringing the 21-year total to 1.3 billion pounds. All you need to do is collect canned goods and dry food, such as tuna, canned meat, soups, pasta, rice and cereal, and leave them in a bag or box by your mailbox. Your letter carriers will pick them up as they deliver your mail.

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How You Can Help Arkansas Residents Hurt by Tornadoes

In the aftermath of the devastating storms that occurred throughout central Arkansas, many Arkansans are looking for ways to help out. If you would like to help families and individuals affected by the recent tornadoes, please make a donation to the Disaster Assistance Fund.

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One hundred percent of donated funds designated for Disaster Assistance will be used for the purpose intended. 

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Join Teachers in Washington, D.C., this Saturday to Help Children Get Their 'First Book'

Join Teachers in Washington, D.C., this Saturday to Help Children Get Their 'First Book'

Anyone in the Washington, D.C., area interested in helping children learn to love reading? If so, come down to the AFL-CIO headquarters this Saturday and volunteer for the Books on Wheels event, sponsored by First Book. The AFL-CIO and the AFT will be teaming up with First Book on Saturday, April 26, between 6 a.m. and noon, to collect, sort and distribute books to area children.

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Washington Mudslide Disaster Relief Fund Established

The United Way of Snohomish County in Washington State, where the Oso mudslide killed at least 24, has established a disaster relief fund for those affected by the landslide. The death toll is expected to rise significantly, according to Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Innovation @Work: Rattle-Proof

In the latest article from the AFL-CIO's @Work site, we take a look at how the Electrical Workers (IBEW) are trying to make San Francisco more earthquake-proof:

Eighty percent of San Francisco was leveled by a major earthquake in 1906. The magnitude 6.9 earthquake in 1989, caught on live television as the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants prepared for the third game of the World Series, severely damaged the city and its people again, caused an estimated $6 billion in property damage, killed 63 and injured thousands.

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Lifelong Indiana Ironworker Wins National United Way Community Services Award

Photo below from left to right—Nancy McCormick, AFL-CIO/CSL Midwest Regional Director, United Way Worldwide; Dan Murchek, President, Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor; Deb Townsend, AFL-CIO/CSL Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, Lake Area United Way; Sharon Wright, Women's Leadership Council, LaPorte County United Way; James Stemmler, Local #395 Ironworkers retired, Beirne Award Winner; Kathy Ertle, President, Indiana Association of United Ways; Chris Brickey, President, Central Indiana Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Mrs. Karen Husky and Mr. Gary Husky, #395 Ironworkers, retired.

James Stemmler of Michigan City, Ind., has spent more than 20 years leading labor volunteers in community improvement. He initiated the Union Workers Street Collection for United Way in 2007, when he invited four trade unions to volunteer. During the most recent event, 20 union volunteers raised more than $3,100 in four hours.

Stemmler was presented with the prestigious national Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award for his longtime work with United Way and the labor community in La Porte County. The award was presented at the Indiana Association of United Ways State Leaders Conference on March 13 in Indianapolis.

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