Labor in Action: Community Services Across the Mid-State

The Blair/Bedford Central Labor Council, Lancaster Central Labor Council, and AFSCME DC 90 organized three community service projects that made a difference in their communities. 

The Altoona Mirror recognized the Blair/Bedford CLC for its work around Hunger. In 2020 and 2021, the Blair Bedford CLC raised $15,000 for local food pantries. According to United Way ALICE data, 39% of Blair County residents live in poverty or paycheck to paycheck and 45% of Bedford residents. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an uptick in food insecurity in Pennsylvania. These dollars will go a long way with addressing Hunger in the Altoona area. We thank our sisters and brothers in Blair/Bedford for their actions and congratulate them on being recognized for their excellent work. 

The Lancaster Central Labor Council organized a Chili Cookoff to raise funds for their agency that provides essential services for the Lancaster area. Services include providing resources for workers who were laid off or on strike. PA-AFL CIO Secretary/Treasurer Frank Snyder and staff Sarah Hammond, Dave Madsen participated as judges. Categories included hot, regular, and creative. Hot won the overall contest! The Lancaster Central Labor Council hit its goal, and the agency should be in a solid position to assist their community. 

Illegal dumping and littering have long scourged the city of Harrisburg. This year AFSCME District Council 90 decided to act and organized a litter clean-up. Members filled hundreds of bags with trash and worked with city officials on cleaning up sites where there was illegal dumping. The effects made a noticeable difference, and the community was extremely thankful.