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Since 1946, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and United Way Worldwide (formerly United Way of America) have enjoyed a cooperative relationship through which they and state and local United Ways provide services to members of organized labor, their families and their communities.

In total, organized labor gives more than $170,000 to United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley each year.

United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning County and organized labor work together to:

  • Train union members to assist co-workers and their families with information about available local services and to refer them to the appropriate organizations.

  • Recognize labor leaders who have rendered outstanding United Way volunteer service by annually awarding the Labor Service Award, presented for outstanding service to United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning County.

  • Our United Way encourages individual union members to volunteer their time and contribute their resources to United Way campaigns. One major way of contributing resources is by soliciting contributions from workers through payroll deduction.

  • Provide a part-time AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison to serve as a relationship manager who maintains a positive relationship with one of our largest group of supporters, assists in fundraising activities with both union and non-union workers and companies, and serves as a primary source of health and human service information and referral to those in need, again regardless of union membership.