Community Impact Programs

Since 1946, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and United Way have enjoyed a cooperative relationship through which they and state and local United Ways to positively impact the members of organized labor, their families and their communities. Organized labor is also part of the decision-making process at United Way, with AFL-CIO representatives serving on the Board of Trustees.

Join your Union Brothers and Sisters in promoting your local union, while helping to build better communities in the Sacramento Region.


The Community Impact AFL-CIO/United Way partnership works to engage members of organized labor to become active in the community through volunteerism and leadership by providing a variety of community service opportunities throughout the year, such as: Week of Caring, CA State Fair booth, Golf Tournament in support of our Tom’s Food Closet for working families, Holiday Canned Food Drive, Toilet Paper Drive for local nonprofits, Resource services for struggling union members and partnering with allied community organizations on projects.

Year-Round Programs
Tom's Food Closet


Tom's Closet is a Sacramento Central Labor Food Bank established to assist union families who were in need of food to feed their families.


Union members who are in need of food assistance, should reach out to their Local Union Representative, and they will contact the Community Services Liaison to facilitate filling the food needs of your family.


Food donations are accepted throughout the year for Tom's Food Closet.

Union Team Donate

Join the Sacramento Labor community in raising vital financial resources for the AFL-CIO Community Services Programs & the United Way’s Community Impact Fund by joining the UNION TEAM DONATE monthly giving campaign!

Travel Toiletry Collection Program

Set-up a “Travel Toiletry Program” collection bin at your local union office, and ask your fellow Brothers & Sisters to donate leftover toiletry items from their travels!


On Labor Day, the Sacramento Central Labor Council & Community Services Volunteers hand out these toiletry items to the houseless guests being served lunch at Sacramento Loaves & Fishes. The guests of Loaves & Fishes are overjoyed to receive these free toiletry items, and the opportunity to “freshen up”!




Dr. Martin Luther King Day March

Our affiliated unions and their members are encouraged to join the Sacramento Central Labor Council at this annual march from Sacramento City College to the Sacramento Convention Center in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.


Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is free help to people who make a limited income (under $64K per yr.) and are in need of help preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic tax return preparation with electronic filing.


Sac CLC Crab Feed

Join us for this annual fun and crab-filled evening with your Brothers and Sisters to raise money to sustain all our Sacramento Central Labor Council Programs and Services!  The food is great, the company is even better and on top of it all you're contributing to supporting all our great work!


Cesar Chavez Day March

Our affiliated unions and their members are encouraged to join the Sacramento Central Labor Council at this annual march from South Side Park to the Capitol in honor of the legacy of Cesar Chavez.


Annual Community Services Breakfast
Join us for our annual Awards Breakfast recognizing our outstanding Community Services volunteers and generous union program donors!


Stamp Out Hunger- National Letter Carrier Union Food Drive

For the last quarter century, every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. The National Association of Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Volunteers are invited to help the Letter Carriers organize all the day's local donations in Sacramento.


AFL-CIO Toilet Paper Drive

Take up a Toilet Paper Collection

in your Union Facility! 


Every year, our local community non-profit agencies divert thousands of dollars to purchase toilet paper for their facilities, from vital programs that assist our members.


The 8th annual Toilet Paper Drive will benefit many local Non-Profit Agencies who assist the Community & our Members!


Labor Day at Loaves & Fishes
For over 30 years, our organized labor Brothers & Sisters have given back to the community on Labor Day by volunteering to prepare and serve a BBQ lunch at Loaves & Fishes for Sacramentans suffering homelessness.
This is one of our most rewarding and therefore popular volunteer events. Our Union members can volunteer for 1 of 2 shifts- the food-prep shift from 7am-10am, or the food service shift from 10am-1pm.
At the event, we also distribute all the travel toiletry donations we've collected throughout the year to our houseless guests. 
Volunteer shifts for this event are very limited, so if you'd like to volunteer this Labor Day, please contact our Community Services Liaison via email to sign up today!


Tom Lawson Community Impact Golf Tournament
This October 6th marks the 7th year for our annual Tom Lawson Community Impact Golf Tournament! Sign up to play, and/or sponsor this fun event . Contact Greg Larkins, our Community Services Liaison via email for more details:
Veterans Day Weekend Volunteer Projects

On Veterans Day Weekend, (Nov. 11th & 12th) we'll pay special homage to our vets with a weekend full of volunteer service projects that benefit veteran's groups and associations. If you would like to volunteer for the weekend, or for just a few hours, please contact our Community Services Liaison, Greg Larkins for a list of projects and times.


Holiday Canned Food Drive

Our Holiday Canned Food drive helps supplement our Operation Christmas Program & replenish Tom’s Food Closet.


Your Local Union's collection efforts go directly to assist your members who are struggling, by providing  them with food assistance over the holiday season and throughout the year.


We encourage each Local Union to start up a collection site at their Union Office, Hiring Hall or Apprenticeship Center.


The Community Services Department will assist Local Unions collection efforts, by providing them with a 55 gallon barrel, painted and decorated in Holiday colors, along with posters to hang-up and flyers to distribute among staff and members.


We will also set-up numerous collection barrels around the Labor Center, so when you and your members visit the Central Labor Council they can deposit their canned food donations in the bright holiday containers located around the building.

Please contact our Community Services Liaison, Greg Larkins for more information:


Operation Christmas Basket

Operation Christmas Basket is a program that provides Union Working Families who are struggling, with a complete holiday dinner & age-appropriate gifts for their children at Christmas.

Our Unions submit the names of our member families who are struggling to the Sacramento Central Labor Council, and then we coordinate with California Emergency Food Link to put together all of the fixings for a Christmas Dinner for these families. Donations are needed, and volunteers are appreciated to help sort donations and gifts. Please contact either our Community Services Liaison, Greg Larkins or our Office Manager, Teresa Villasenor to volunteer or donate to this wonderful program! or

Starr King Elementary Holiday Program

Every Holiday Season, the Sacramento Central Labor Council throws a party for the students, dedicated teachers and staff of the Ralph Richardson Center at the Starr King Elementary School. The Ralph Richardson Center supports students most significantly impacted by their disabilities, so we are especially honored each year to visit with the children and make sure that our Sac Metro Firefighters can find their way to deliver Santa and Mrs. Clause to the party so they are able to join in the fun too!


The Sacramento Central Labor Council is gladly accepting monetary donations to help purchase a plush toy for each child, and provide cake and refreshments for the adults. Please contact our Office Manager Teresa Villasenor for more info:

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Note: The federal income tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. You do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS for the extension. We encourage you to file today as you may be due a refund that can help support your household.

Community Impact Programs & Volunteer Opportunities

2840 El Centro Road, Suite 111

Sacramento, CA 95833



Tel: 916-927-9772

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