Nov 23, 2016

We're Thankful for Our Members

This Thanksgiving the IAEP is grateful for its members, the EMS professionals who don’t stop caring for their communities when they leave work.
 
This October, Local R5-92 presented a check for $1,000 to Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach, a non-profit organization based in Central Florida that’s focused on providing support for breast cancer patients and their families.
 
“When we were looking for charities I wanted to find one that made an impact, but also really helped out local families in need, within the communities we serve, and I found that here,” said Local President Stewart Eubanks. “I’m proud of our bargaining unit for coming together to support such a great cause.”

Members of the local created eight t-shirts designs for the EMS crews to wear throughout the month of October. After one design was chosen, the profits of the t-shirt sales were collected for donation to Compassionate Hands and Hearts along with $180 collected from Sumter County Fire Rescue.
 
In their third consecutive year working to raise funds for this charity, the union leaders of Local 92 presented the $1,000 check to Founder Vanessa Echols in person on October, 26, 2016. Echols is a local news anchor and survivor of breast cancer who founded the organization in 2007.
 
“Local 92 is no stranger to charity work,” said Michael Marasco, a national representative for the IAEP who works closely with the Sumter County members. This November the first responders organized their first annual Gobblers & Cobblers event, working to provide Thanksgiving dinners to area families in need. Eubanks said, “It’s really all about giving back. We work in these communities, we live in these communities, and it’s just the right thing to do.”
 
Over the past year, union membership has expanded to almost 75% of the approximately 155 employees within their EMS agency. “They’ve begun organizing member outings, everything ranging from kayaking, to BBQs, to bowling events,” said Marasco. “With 2017 right around the corner, they’re planning more events to increase member unity and participate more in the community they serve.”
 
 “I’m excited to see what the future holds for our group,” said Eubanks. “It’s so easy to lose sight of the big picture, when dealing with day-to-day operations, and I don’t want to lose sight of what’s important, our members.”

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“It’s really all about giving back. We work in these communities, we live in these communities, and it’s just the right thing to do.” - Local 92 President Stewart Eubanks, Michael Marasco
Photo via Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach
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