Get to know our Community Services Liaison

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Our Community Services Liaison, Greg Larkins, is one of 190 full-time individuals in 170 communities nationwide funded by their United Ways to serve as links between their state labor federations and central labor councils and their local United Ways and Red Cross Chapters. Through this program, unions and their members receive direct support in difficult times, as well as assistance with community engagement through contributions and volunteerism.

Greg works with all unions, whether they are part of the American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Change 2 Win or independent local unions. In all, that amounts to about 110 local unions representing more than 140,000 members affiliated with the Coalition Of Organized Labor (COOL), the Sacramento Central Labor Council (SCLC) and the Sacramento-Sierra Building and Construction Trades Council (SSBCTC) as well as independent unions. He also is available to provide services to thousands of union members in areas served by other United Ways not large enough to have their own Liaison, from Fresno to the Oregon border.

Core principles:

  • To activate and build on the strength and capacities of workers to create stronger, healthier, more compassionate communities.
  • To develop new and existing relationships between workers, unions and community based organizations.
  • To promote and support community leadership and to concentrate on an agenda that encourages local definition, creativity and hope.

Local services:

  • Union Counselor/UCAN (Union Community Activist Network) Training
  • Assistance to working families experiencing economic layoffs or economic workplace action
  • Assistance for the unemployed (Rapid Response)
  • Case management (Rapid Response)
  • Information and referral for community resources (Rapid Response)
  • Retiree and older-workers programs
  • Youth programs
  • Blood drives
  • Disaster services and training

In 2006, our Community Services Labor Liaison and trained counselors from their unions assisted more than 150 Working Families members in obtaining community-based services and resources through a program called Rapid Response.

Other assistance:

  • Increase labor participation in United Way campaigns.
  • Develop strong community volunteer support committees.
  • Promote labor endorsement programs.
  • Support national and local union/employer campaign participation.
  • Improve labor participation on voluntary boards and community committees.

Projects:

  • Sacramento Central Labor Council Days of Community Caring
  • Sacramento Central Labor Council Food Closet
  • Disaster Action Committee
  • FORE Community Golf Tournament
  • Labor Participation Committee
  • NALC National Food Drive
  • Union Team Donate
  • Community Campaign Kickoff,
  • United Way-AFL-CIO Clean Up Your Room Campaign
  • United Way Community Impact Council Participation
  • Youth In Community Action