Labor Partnership

The United Way-labor relationship started in 1941, among Community Chests and Councils and the American Federation of Labor (AFL), the umbrella organization of labor unions.  The United Auto Workers helped secure payroll deduction for the Community Chests, setting the stage for United Way's unique funding mechanism among non-for-profits. Since then, unions,  the AFL-CIO and Central Labor Councils have been partners in the workplace campaign, encouraging union members to give and volunteer.

Did You Know?

  • United Way Worldwide estimates that union members contribute $250M annually; they are part of the largest organizational network in the U.S., composed of more than 12 million people, with capacity to collectively raise funds, volunteer and drive impact in their communities.
  • Studies show union members are loyal contributors to United Way, volunteer at a higher rate than the general public, and have a higher rate of repeat volunteerism. 
  • Labor unions contribute far more to United Way’s mission than dollars. For example, the National Letter Carriers (NALC) annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. In 2017, the Drive collected more than 75 million pounds of food making it the fourteenth consecutive year that collections reached more than 70-million-pounds. Since the drive began in 1993, nearly 1.4 billion pounds of food have been collected.
  • Union members represent skilled workers from across all industries, including both public and private sectors. They bring a wide variety of expertise and have the power to bring together community, government and businesses to create and promote access to good jobs.
  • Union Leaders serve on local United Way Boards around the country, and on the national and United Way Worldwide Boards. 
  • In 2016, United Way Worldwide and the AFL-CIO reshaped their relationships through a new national agreement with a focus on strategic collective impact.

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Hardest Hit Fund- Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) provides mortgage payment assistance up to $30,000 to qualifying applicants, and foreclosure prevention counseling to any Indiana homeowner who needs it—absolutely free. Funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Indiana’s HHF is a statewide program that assists Indiana homeowners who are at risk of mortgage delinquency and foreclosure.

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