IAM Local 1045 members recently donated welding safety equipment to an Iowa high school. In conjunction with Snap-On, Local 1045 was able to buy welding jackets, sleeves, gloves, and welding hoods for the students at Algona High School.

“This was not only a great way to help out the kids, but also our community,” said Gwen Tracer, Local 1045 Secretary-Treasurer. “This project got the membership looking around to see where we could help more. With the new wave of the virus, fundraising has almost come to a halt, so we have looked into donating where we can, like the Algona Fire Department and the Exceptional Opportunities disability program of Algona, IA.”

“This donation was yet another example of our members supporting and giving back to the community,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “The Midwest Territory has put increased importance on serving the communities where we work and live. My gratitude goes out to Local 1045 for finding ways to make a positive impact by aiding these students.”

The IAM Midwest Territory, along with their Districts and Locals, has hosted more than 20 “IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community” events, with more than 450 volunteers across the Territory, to date. Each District and Unaffiliated Local is tasked with hosting at least one event per year. For more information on the IAM Midwest Territory’s “IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community” program, click here.

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