by Clyde Weiss | July 25, 2012
AFSCME Council 13’s Next Wave raised more than $5,000 for the USO.
AFSCME members in Pennsylvania are helping separated military families come together through a USO program called United Through Reading, which promotes the read-aloud experience for separated military families.
AFSCME Council 13’s Next Wave organization of young members raised more than $5,000 by hosting an event during the council’s annual convention. In addition to the money, members donated 446 books to the USO reading program. As a result, 952 military families will receive a book and video of their deployed parent reading them a bedtime story.
“You can always count on Council 13 members to do all they can for our military,” Council 13 Exec. Dir. and AFSCME International Vice Pres. David Fillman said. “Our delegation was truly moved to hear about the overwhelming success of the USO’s United Through Reading program, and I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts put forth by our membership to bring deployed troops and their families just a little bit closer.”
Lisa Ferrari Carter of the USO applauded AFSCME members and leaders, saying “On behalf of the military families we serve, thank you.”