IAM District 77 members recently volunteered their time to support the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), an organization that works to provide housing services to veterans and former service members who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
A group of members from IAM District 77 and Locals 737, 459, 1575, and 623 came together to help with outdoor projects at a transitional housing facility for homeless women veterans in St. Paul, Minn. This particular home is one of the rare ones dedicated solely to women veterans.
According to the latest records as of July 17, 2023, there are 272 homeless veterans in Minnesota.
MAVS offers housing programs specifically tailored to assist veterans and former servicemembers in finding their own housing, which will enable them to have the necessary time and confidence to focus on work, school, long-term planning, and ultimately achieving a healthy life balance.
IAM members contributed to the project by assisting in the elimination of weeds, tidying up the area, and beautification of the premises.
“It’s important to understand that the things we do can greatly affect our communities and every action makes a positive difference,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “IAM members continue to display their support for our veterans by taking time out of their personal lives to volunteer and show their gratitude towards a community that has contributed to both the IAM and our nation.”
The IAM ‘H.E.L.P.S. (Honoring, Engaging, Lifting, Providing, and Servicing)’ Program is an IAM Midwest Territory Initiative to provide essential support to communities in need.
“IAM members were able to complete a task that would have taken weeks in just a few hours,” said IAM District 77 Business Representative Sherman Phillips. “We take great pride in our commitment to the causes that are important to us, and we demonstrate our exceptional work ethic in everything we do.”
“We thank all the volunteers who continue to give back to our veterans, who have made immeasurable sacrifices and demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to protecting our country,” said Galloway.
For more information on the IAM Midwest Territory’s “IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community” program, click here