There was a little more on the tables of families in need this holiday season thanks to the tremendous generosity of Teamsters at King County.
In all, King County employees, many of whom are Teamsters, pledged more than $1.573 million for the more than 700 nonprofits in its charitable giving program for 2011.
At the County’s Elections Division, Local 117 members were particularly magnanimous last year, raising nearly $4,000 for the Northwest Harvest food bank. The group’s employees donated another $3,900 in salary deferrals to charities of their choice.
Pretty impressive for a work group of around 60 permanent and a number of temporary employees.
Robin Blake, who has spent five years at the County, headed up the Elections giving effort for 2011. “I met with a representative of each of our work groups to discuss the program guidelines, and then they organized their own fundraisers,” she said.
With a bake sale, book sale, iPod raffle, spaghetti feed, chili cookout, pizza day, and coffee cart with fresh-pressed apple cider, there was no shortage of ideas to raise money. Perhaps the most creative idea came out of the IT Dept., which sponsored a pumpkin palooza event with pumpkin bowling and pumpkin target shooting.
“It was a lot of fun and there was even some friendly competition involved, but we all had the greater good at heart,” Blake said.
Local 117 Shop Steward, Vicki Moore, praised Blake for her leadership during the giving campaign. “She was instrumental in making sure our group was successful,” she said.
Teamsters at King County Elections will be bracing for a busy year, with the governor’s seat opening up and the presidential race already well underway. An important part of the work will be registering new voters, and Teamster volunteers will join County staff in that effort.
If you are not registered to vote, you can download a voter registration form at http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/. You can also register online, 24-hours a day at the Secretary of State’s website.
To register to vote in the state of Washington, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Washington State, at least 18 years old by election day, and not under the authority of the Department of Corrections.