Labor of Love volunteer effort at Waianae Elementary postponed

This volunteer project has been postponed until further notice. Once a new date has been selected, we will let you know. Each year the Hawaii State AFL-CIO’s Labor Community Services Program selects a public school then coordinates to see how its union members and community partners can help. This year, Waianae Elementary School has been selected to be the recipient of the Labor of Love project. Unfortunately, Waianae Elementary has high enrollment in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and 33 percent (2015-2016 DOE report) chronic absenteeism rate which is a red flag for students heading toward academic trouble and potential dropping out of high school.  A full 65.3 percent of the student body is Native Hawaiian (2015-2016 DOE report) and had scored lower proficiency in math, science and literacy compared to the state’s average.

Last year, Wailuku Elementary on Maui was the recipient of this volunteer effort, with the total value of the contribution there worth over $64,000. More than 300 volunteers from 20 unions, four Maui businesses, Hawaii 3-RS, parents, students, teachers and staff and community volunteers worked together in a “Labor of Love” to improve Wailuku Elementary.

Please consider joining in the movement to help lift up students and create a better community by volunteering for a half work day of campus improvement. Check in at the Waianae Elementary cafeteria starts at 7:30 a.m., work begins at 8 a.m. and lunch will be served before the event ends at around 12 noon. The date for this project has been postponed. Once a new date has been set, we will let you know.

In addition to campus improvement, the Hawaii State AFL-CIO’s Labor Community Services Program intends to fund Waianae Elementary’s merit program to engender good behavior and academic success as well as provide each student with school uniform t-shirts for their field trips. We need YOUR support as 300 volunteers are necessary to help make this “Labor of Love” a success. Most of the volunteer work will be painting. The skilled labor will be carried out by members of trade unions.

The AFL-CIO’s Labor Community Services Program works through partnerships to unite organizations, working people and resources to build a healthier community. It promotes volunteerism and a sense of responsibility through community service projects.

For more information, contact Cathy Lederer of the Hawaii State AFL-CIO at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 808-597-1441.