White House Honors District 751 Member for Lifetime of Service

IAM District 751 member Rob Curran has donated 4,445 hours of community service work through the Machinists Union since 2007.

An IAM District 751 member has been honored by the White House for a lifetime of volunteer community service work with the Machinists Union.

Rob Curran, a union steward who works for the Boeing Co. in Auburn, WA received a President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for donating more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service.

The award included a letter from President Obama thanking Curran for his “devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great nation.”

Curran is chairman of the Machinists Volunteer Program, the community service arm of District 751. The union’s MVPs last year donated 12,680 hours of community service during 397 activities, supporting such groups as Northwest Harvest, the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and the United Way, while also building wheelchair ramps to help families of home-bound people.

In all, Curran has donated 4,445 hours of community service work through the Machinists Union since 2007, with 820 of those hours coming in 2015.

“Volunteering is my passion,” Curran said. “If I can make life a little better for people, then I will – particularly the kids.”
Curran was one of 12 Machinists Union members to be honored by the White House for their volunteer service in 2015.

Among them, Brenda Brammer and Vennie Murphy – both of Puyallup – received silver-level President’s Volunteer Service Awards, for giving between 250 and 499 hours of volunteer service during the year. Terri Myette of Edgewood received a bronze-level award for giving between 100 and 249 hours to volunteer service.

“Our union is committed to two things: justice on the job and service to the community,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden. “The work that Rob and the other MVPs do makes our communities better, and we are all very proud to see them get this kind of recognition for all they do to help other people.”

This article has been reposted with edits from the IAM 751 Blog.