Strong unions are built on the shoulders of active members who have earned the respect of their communities. And the best way to recruit and encourage active members is leading by example.
In Cincinnati, AFSCME Ohio Council 8 leaders, members and staff did exactly that by volunteering to help the Greater Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity rehabilitate a home intended to house a family in need.
“Earlier this year the staff got together and discussed what we could do for the people Cincinnati,” said Regional Director Renita Jones-Street.
That discussion led to the re-hab project, the first in an ongoing community action program “to ‘give back’ to the community – because we don’t just work here, we live and raise our families here, too,” said Cincinnati Regional Vice President Emily Moore.
The crew of volunteers painted, put in drywall, tore out the kitchen floor, and repaired the deck at the rear of the home.
The home’s recipient is a low income single mother with children. Qualifying for a home is a three-year process and includes 250 hours of work. The individual is prepared for home ownership by completing courses in an owner’s responsibilities, finances, and home maintenance.
Habitat for Humanity is a global, nonprofit housing organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes.
It advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources enabling families improve their shelter conditions.
The AFSCME rehab crew included, left to right, Rebecca Frankenhoff, Andrew Frankenhoff, Harold Mitchell, Cherika Carter, Mark Caddo, Eric Clemons, Don Klapper, Carolyn Parks, Renita Jones-Street, Detra Covin-Willams, Emily Moore, Julia Mason, Rachel Thomas , and not pictured, Ryan Baumgartner.