SHARONVILLE - When Sharonville Transmission Plant (STP) employees returned to work on Monday, March 5, the agenda was clear: develop a plan to help communities affected by the devastating March 2 tornados.
“We knew right away that something had to be done,” said Gary Alexander, UAW Job Security representative, STP. “So we got together and discussed how we could help.”
A gate collection was held on Friday, March 9 to collect monetary donations for the families and communities affected by the storms.
An added incentive to those donating was that Ford Operation Goodwill agreed to match up to $5,000 of employee contributions.
Employees donated $7,309.30 during the collection; a total of $12,309.30 was then donated to the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The giving was not limited to this generous monetary contribution. On Saturday, March 10, members of UAW Local 863 gathered at Piner Baptist Church – a location that is serving as an emergency shelter for residents displaced by the storm. They were given the address of a family in need and shortly thereafter, the cleanup began.
Employees will gather again on March 17, to make a similar trip to Moscow, Ohio – another local community that was affected by these storms.
Aside from the gate collection and cleanup efforts, employees are donating to surrounding communities through March 14. Food, clothing, cleaning supplies and more will be collected and distributed to those in need.