CHICAGO - UAW-Ford will host a Community Empowerment Day, benefitting Chicago’s low-income senior citizens on Thurs., Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In partnership with the local non-profit, Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.), dozens of UAW-Ford members will assist with facility upgrades by painting the hallways and meeting rooms at Nathalie Salmon House, an intergenerational home focused on providing independent living for seniors, located at 7320 Sheridan in Chicago.
The community service efforts will benefit nearly 60 seniors and 25 younger adults and families who live in the Nathalie Salmon House, saving the organization $10,000 in painting fees. UAW-Ford will donate the materials and volunteers needed to help paint the facility.
“UAW-Ford is committed to helping those in need in the communities where our members work and live, as well as those in the communities in which we travel,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW-Ford vice president. “We are especially proud to help serve our senior citizens who have contributed to society, now we are at their service.”
“Giving back is important to us at Ford Motor Company - we are committed to helping build strong communities and better lives,” said Bill Dirksen, vice president Labor Relations, Ford Motor Company. “In this case, we are proud to support the senior citizens who have contributed greatly to our country. This is just one way we can show our immense gratitude.”
“There are many organizations UAW-Ford could have selected to execute its community service, but I’m glad they chose to partner with H.O.M.E.,” said Bruce Otto, executive director of H.O.M.E. “The community service that UAW-Ford is providing is an expense we just couldn’t afford right now. Their efforts will help us save $10,000, which will afford us the opportunity to use those funds for other needed projects. We are very appreciative of the organization’s generosity and community outreach.”
Established in 1941, UAW-Ford has a rich history of fighting for its members and the communities in which they live, work and play. Whether it is workers’ rights, youth development, community giving, offering skilled trades and/or educational training, UAW-Ford is committed to providing opportunities that secure both economic and social stability for the American workers and their families. Improving the quality of life is among UAW-Ford’s chief principles and serves as a benchmark for how labor rights are addressed in the 21st Century. Its members help to build the strong cars that drive America, which not only reinforces a solid economy and workforce, but also helps to build strong communities nationwide.
Committed to improving the quality of life for Chicago’s low-income elderly, Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping seniors remain independent and part of their community by offering intergenerational living and by providing a variety of housing support services,www.homeseniors.org.