UAW Local 249 will be supporting the 2018 United Way of Greater Kansas City campaign again this year. The campaign for our plant will be Nov 28 & 29th for Transit and A & B crew; Nov 30th & Dec 1st for C crew and our community needs your generosity during this time.  The Leadership at UAW Local 249 believe the United Way campaign is in great need of your support.

United Way has developed programs to help those in need and it provides funding to over 150 social service organizations in the area. Your contributions help people in poverty, children learning to read, and seniors trying to stay independent in their own homes.  Some of you, someone in your family or a neighbor, may have benefited from social services programs made possible through United Way.  Working Families Friend is one of the agencies that United Way provides funding to and they have generously helped many of our fellow employees in times of need. Your contribution will help Working Families Friend, among other United Way agencies, to make a difference in our community.

Working Families Friend is an affiliated organization that you also have the option to donate to. All money donated to Working Families Friend stays in our area and has been used several times for our membership in times of need.  The local leadership would appreciate it if you would consider donating to this local cause through the United Way.


Please take the time to complete the United Way donation form. Give what you can through payroll deduction.  Co-workers will be coming through your area asking you to give, please help our United Way campaign be the biggest yet. Remember—if you donate at least $250, that’s only $4.80 a week-undesignated, to United Way you’ll qualify for Caring Club discounts as a “thank you” from United Way! They are also launching an app for Caring Club this year. Make sure you fill out the donor recognition card when you sign up. It is important that you fill out this donor recognition card every year, even if you are already giving the specified amount for the Caring Club Card, to receive it yearly. You don’t want to miss out on those 2 free beers or soft drinks, for you and a guest, at the Sprint Center next time you are there!

Each year organized labor and all the major employers throughout the Greater Kansas City region come together to give back to the communities in which we live and work. The annual United Way campaign is one way that we can show the giving heart that beats at UAW Local 249.  Please consider a donation to United Way or their programs today.


Jason Starr

President UAW Local 249