Apr 06, 2017
NAGE Members and Staff Assist in Playground Build
On Friday, March 31, 2017, NAGE President David Holway, along with NAGE staff and NAGE members, lent a hand to the Where Angels Play foundation as they constructed a playground in Dorchester, MA. This playground was built in honor of Victoria McGrath, a survivor of the Boston marathon bombing who tragically lost her life in a car accident in Dubai.
While the forecast of snow wasn’t ideal for construction work, the crew began work early to ensure that the playground would be completed. The playground was built at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester. Beyond the structure, decorative tiles painted by friends and family of Victoria will adorn the space. Some friends spent time reminiscing about Victoria while painting, “We only had her for a few years but they were a great few years. Anything associated with Victoria brings positivity and we are very excited for this playground.” Several of these friendships were forged through support groups for survivors after the bombing.
Where Angels Play foundation was created after founder and NAGE Executive Board Member Bill Lavin had the idea to honor the 26 Sandy Hook victims. Playgrounds were built in their memories, in areas that had been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The mission of Where Angels Play is “To create joyful places to play. To provide hope, recovery, and to "pay it forward" in supporting projects that reflect a return to family values across the nation. To be the light that comes after the darkness of tragedy. To bring people together in the spirit of community and love.”
To learn more about the Where Angels Play foundation and their playground builds, please visit their site HERE.
To view a full gallery of photos from the day, please click HERE
NAGE Scholarships DOUBLING Number of Winners Apply NOWNAGE has DOUBLED the number of $500 scholarships from 50 winners to 100 winners. That means you are significantly more likely to win this year.
NAGE is committed to helping our members and their families achieve their educational goals and dreams, NAGE is proud to announce the 14th Annual NAGE Scholarships program is now open.
This year 100 scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be awarded in a lottery. NAGE has already helped 650 people and donated $325,000 for NAGE scholarships, we believe that YOU should take advantage of this opportunity.
Applicants for the lottery drawing scholarships must be planning to attend or already be attending a two- or four-year college, graduate school, trade or technical school to be eligible.
Scholarships are available to members of NAGE, IBPO, Trial Court, IBCO, NAGE EMS and IAEP, and the member's spouse, child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or significant other. The application, which is available by clicking the link below, takes about 3 minutes to complete and is the easiest scholarship application you will ever fill out.
Scholarships will be awarded without regard to the sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability of any applicant.
The deadline to apply is May 20, 2017 but don’t hesitate. Apply today by clicking the link below. Remember, you can easily apply online or you can print out an application and mail it to NAGE Headquarters.
NAGE Health and Wellness Information Day A Success!The first events of the NAGE Health and Wellness Inforamtion days have been a success!
NAGE Executive Vice President/Local 207 President Theresa McGoldrick has spearheaded an effort to inform NAGE state employees of benefits that NAGE provides. The first “NAGE Health and Wellness Day” was held at the MITC building in Chelsea. Over 350 NAGE members showed up and learned about all the benefits NAGE provides to our state members. The event was so successful that we held a second Health and Wellness day at the McCormack Building in Boston on January 31. The event, which lasted over 2 hours, attracted over 300 members who were excited to learn about all NAGE has to offer.
We are planning on continuing our health and wellness tour over the next several months and will keep members informed on where events will be held. If you are interested in learning more we encourage members to visit the Benefits section of our website. If you have any questions regarding your benefits please do not hesitate to contact your Local President, the Member Action Center (MAC) or the NAGE Health and Wellfare Trust Fund. Below are some of the incentives we advertised at the events.
$1,000 to help with child care costs
Tuition Remission program
Discounts on prescriptions and other health related items
Smoking cessation programs for NAGE members
Diabetes prevention program for NAGE members
Stress management and reduction programs for NAGE members
Enjoy $20 off a month from Boston Sports Clubs
NAGE members bank accounts and discount rates with Liberty Bay Credit Union
Insurance policies at discounted rates with Colonial Life Insurance for NAGE members as well as NAGE wellness card health programs and discounts
NAGE negotiated benefits for optical, dental and other benefits for NAGE members
Discounts for union members on countless products, services and programs, such as mortgages, cell phones and travel. We currently have 2 discount service plans with Union Plus and NAGE Benefits Hub
January 26, 2017
Colonial Life Insurance Now Offering Insurance to NAGE DOT Members
NAGE has negotiated a new benefit exclusively for members who work for MADOT. Colonial Life Insurance is now offering NO QUESTIONS ASKED life insurance to NAGE members at MADOT.
Please click on the PDF Link HERE
to see how you can still apply during open enrolment from February 10 to February 28th. We encourage everyone to participate in this program.
Video—NAGE Members Dig Out DC
Remember the news that several Massachusetts state workers volunteered to go to Washington, DC to help that city dig out after a massive snowstorm in late January? NAGE members were among that group of volunteers who braved the snow and shared their expertise with the people of our nation’s capital.
You can learn more about them in this video!
Mass DOT Sends Employees to Aid in Washington, D.C. Snow RemovalEight members of Mass DOT Unit 3/C have been deployed to Washington, D.C. to assist local crews with snow and ice removal. The crews are expected to work through the weekend and journey home on Monday, February 1st. Washington, D.C. has recently acquired several new trucks to plow and salt the city, but the MA DOT employees are crucial to the snow and ice removal effort from the recent storm. Senator Elizabeth Warren posted her recognition of MA cleanup crews in DC on Facebook Tuesday night, “There’s a huge piece of equipment here in DC clearing the snow and shooting it into 18-wheelers to be hauled off – and it has Massachusetts plates!” We wish our local Mass DOT members a safe and successful operation, and thank them for contributing their time to help our nation’s capital.