Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Hawaii State AFL-CIO Showers ‘Labor of Love’ on Community

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we'll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Hawaii State AFL-CIO’s Labor Community Service Program brought back its “Labor of Love” volunteer service project last month, with more than 300 volunteers from 30 unions and throughout the community working together to make improvements to Iao Intermediate School in Wailuku. Participants at the event built new picnic tables and benches; installed a new shelving and instrument repair area in the band room; put down fresh paint on portions of the campus; and created a paved shaded area for students to gather.

“Our unions work for everyone in Hawaii, whether fighting for safe workplaces, lifting up conditions for the working class, or showing up to improve one of our precious public schools,” said Hawaii State AFL-CIO President Randy Perreira (AFSCME, not pictured). “We are so proud of our brothers and sisters for sharing their hard work, resources and talent, and for showing what it means to be a union member in Hawaii.”