ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
Every December, the West Central Florida Federation of Labor (an alliance of local unions, including the USF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida) conducts a Holiday Toy Drive for children ages 0-17 who are going through hard times. This year, the Federation of Labor is conducting a toy drive for children being helped by the Children's Home Society of Florida. The Federation of Labor is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys: for hints, see their Holiday Wish List.
The USF Chapter of UFF is collecting toys for the drive, and anyone wishing to make a donation can bring a toy to the Chapter Meeting tomorrow (Friday) at 12 noon on USF Tampa in EDU 415. EVERYONE IS INVITED, UFF members and non-members alike. There will be sandwiches, drinks, snacks, and cookies.
We will also collect toys at the last Chapter Meeting of the semester, on Friday, December 4, at 12 noon in EDU 415. Once again, EVERYONE IS INVITED, UFF members and non-members alike, and once again, there will be sandwiches, drinks, snacks, and cookies.
Alternatively, UFF members who like holiday parties are invited to the Central Labor Council's Holiday Social on Tuesday, December 1, at 6:30 pm at the IBEW 824 [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 824] building at 6603 E. Chelsea Street in Tampa; the Holiday Toy Drive organizers will be collecting toys there, too.
UFF Continues its Travel Scholarship Program: All UFF Members are Eligible
The USF Chapter of the UFF will award four $ 500 Travel Scholarships for next spring and summer.
All UFF USF members are eligible for one of four $ 500 travel scholarships to be randomly selected at the December 4 UFF USF Chapter Meeting. Any member may submit a proposal - a proposal being a paragraph describing the professional activity for which the travel scholarship will be applied - to us by campus mail (UFF Membership Committee, 30238 USF Holly Drive) or by email; all proposals must be received by December 3. You may join UFF by December 3 and be eligible to apply. See the travel scholarship flyer.
This initiative is part of our membership campaign. If you would like to become active in the UFF USF Membership Drive, contact the Membership Chair, Adrienne Berarducci.
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