Air Transport Local 811 Gives Back to Houston Shelter

Each year, the IAM Local 811 Women’s Committee does a community service event in Houston and the surrounding areas. In the past, they have done toiletry drives and collected toys for the Texas Children’s Hospital.

This year, they chose the Mission of Yahweh. Founded in 1961, this shelter has been a sanctuary for homeless women and children, offering not just a roof over their heads but a chance at rebuilding their lives.

“We contacted the shelter to find out what their needs were,” said Local 811 Women’s Committee Chair Sarah Monderoy Garcia. “When we held our membership appreciation day, we asked every member to bring three items, and from there, we kept it going as long as we could.”

With boxes filled with donations collected through a joint effort with the Community Service Committee, they delivered hundreds of dollars worth of canned goods, baby food, diapers, wipes, and women’s clothing.

“My thanks go out to our Membership, the Chair of the Community Services Committee, Roderick Lightfoot, and Women’s Committee member Evelita Iveritt,” said Garcia. “We’re always looking for a way to give back, and their efforts helped make this all come together, from collecting goods to delivering them. Without their assistance and contributions, this wouldn’t have been a successful outcome.”

“The story of IAM Local 811 Women’s Committee’s annual community service event is a testament to the profound impact of collective compassion,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “Through their selfless dedication, they not only provide essential resources to those in need but also nurture a sense of hope and resilience within their community.”

“In the heart of service lies the power to transform lives, and the IAM Local 811 Women’s Committee embodies this truth with unwavering dedication,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes. “Through their tireless efforts and compassionate spirit, they extend a beacon of hope to those in need, illuminating the path towards a brighter tomorrow. Their commitment to community reminds us that we can make a difference that resonates far beyond ourselves.”

“For the women and children residing at the Mission of Yahweh, these donations represent more than just material goods,” said IAM Women’s and Young Workers Department Director Julie Frietchen. “They signify a lifeline, a reminder that they are not alone in their journey towards stability and self-sufficiency.”

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