The Second Wind Foundation For Pulmonary Fibrosis Proudly Announces The “Breathe Easy” Program To Help Families Suffering From Pulmonary Fibrosis

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The Second Wind Foundation For Pulmonary Fibrosis Proudly Announces The “Breathe Easy” Program To Help Families Suffering From Pulmonary Fibrosis 

The Second Wind Foundation to provide gas cards to families who are suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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Note: The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, was started by Ron Geoffroy, the former local President for NATCA, when his wife got diagnosed.  Also I, Matt, am a board member and proud to help promote our cause.  Please share this with everyone you know.  Encourage your biker buddies to join our ride.  This is a press release, so repost on your blog, just be sure to credit the Second Wind at  http://secondwindforpf.com/

Auburn, NH – The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis proudly announces the start of a new program designed to help families who are suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a rare lung disease that creates scar tissue inside the lungs, making it harder and harder to breathe.   Pulmonary Fibrosis currently effects more than 500,000 people in the US.  After being diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, patients must meet with their doctors regularly to monitor their condition.  The increase in doctor visits, home healthcare, and oxygen tanks put a significant financial strain on patients and their families.

Ron and Marylou Geoffroy started the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, after Marylou was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

“As Marylou’s condition deteriorated, we were traveling to Boston for doctors appointments a few times a month,” said Ron Geoffroy President of the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis. “This is exactly why we started the ‘Breathe Easy’ program, to give some monetary support to families suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis.”

To help families deal with the financial strains that a chronic disease can have, the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis created the Breathe Easy program to provide $50 gas cards to qualified recipients.

The Breathe Easy program is open to anyone who suffers from Pulmonary Fibrosis or for those who are caring for someone with PF.  The Breathe Easy application can be downloaded at http://secondwindforpf.com/breathe-easy-program/.

Right now there is no cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis, and thanks to donations from the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, new research is helping to find a cure.

To help raise money for this new program the Second Wind Foundation is hosting a charity motorcycle ride this September. The “Give A Gift Of Breath” motorcycle ride will be held on September 13th 2014 and begins at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH.

Enjoy a scenic ride through the tree-lined roads of central New Hampshire, and then enjoy some great food courtesy of the Puritan Back Room.

Registration for the ride begins at 8:00 am with kickstands up at 10:30 a.m.  The cost is only $25 per bike and $10 for additional riders.

“The Give a Gift of Breath motorcycle ride is one of our biggest annual fundraisers for the Second Wind Foundation,” said Geoffroy. “To encourage people to sign up early for the ride, we are offering a $5 discount if you register now.”

For more information about the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, and to register for our upcoming ride, go to http://secondwindforpf.com/.

State Employees Raise Over $11,000, Collect More than 7,000 Food Items for NH Food Bank

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CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan today announced that state employees from eighteen different state agencies have completed a food drive to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank, which resulted in donations of $11,211.20 and 7,192 food items combined.

“It is so important that we give back to our communities during the holiday season and throughout the year, and thanks to the generosity of New Hampshire’s state employees, the holidays will be a little brighter for hundreds of New Hampshire families,” Governor Hassan said. “Too often, New Hampshire residents go to sleep hungry because they are forced to make an impossible choice between accessing medical care, paying their rent, heating their homes, or feeding their families. Through their support of the New Hampshire Food Bank, New Hampshire’s dedicated public servants help us continue to make progress in the fight against food insecurity, improving lives by decreasing hunger. I want to thank all of the state employees and agencies, as well as the New Hampshire Food Bank, for their unyielding commitment to strengthening our families, our communities and our state.”

The food drive was initiated when employees from the Department of Revenue Administration prompted Commissioner John Beardmore to create a competition, in good fun, amongst state agencies to see which agency could collect the donations for the Food Bank this holiday season. The other agencies and commissioners accepted the challenge, with the ultimate winner being the people of New Hampshire who are served by the Food Bank.

When all of the results were totaled, the Office of Energy and Planning won the agency challenge with a per capita rate of 45.11 items from their staff.

“This is truly an amazing amount of support and team work by all of the state departments and their employees who generously donated during their recent food drive.  Working together with incredible partners like this is yet another way that together we can solve hunger,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank.

The state agencies that participated in the food drive challenge include the Adjutant General’s Department, the Department of Administrative Services, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Justice/Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Banking, the Department of Cultural Resources, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Education, the Office of Energy and Planning, the Department of Environmental Services, New Hampshire Fish and Game, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Insurance Department, the Department of Labor, the Liquor Commission, the Department of Revenue Administration, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Treasury.

According to the New Hampshire Food Bank, one out of every nine people in New Hampshire doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. The New Hampshire Food Bank distributes food to approximately 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers, children’s programs, and other human service agencies throughout the state.  For more information, visit www.nhfoodbank.org.

Governor Hassan To Assist NH State Employees’ Association Load Gifts For Operation Santa Clause

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TOMORROW, Governor Maggie Hassan will help Operation Santa Claus load National Guard trucks with Christmas gifts for children across the state, highlighting the importance of giving back during the holidays and thanking volunteers and hard-working state employees for their commitment to serving the people of the Granite State.

What:  The State Employees’ Association’s 53rdt Operation Santa Claus Gift Delivery

When:  8:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Where:  11 Stickney Avenue, Concord, NH

Who:  The State Employee Association’s Operation Santa Claus committee members; current and retired State of NH employees; National Guardsmen; Governor Maggie Hassan

The State Employees’ Association is gearing up to deliver thousands of gifts to NH children across the state.  At 8:30 Wednesday morning, a line of National Guard trucks will substitute for Santa’s sleigh, as “elves” from the S.E.A. Operation Santa Claus program and National Guardsmen & Women load the trucks with toys and clothing items.  The trucks will travel throughout the state making deliveries in every NH region to almost 3,000 children – just in time for the holidays!  This is the 53rd year the State Employees’ Association has spearheaded this charitable campaign for children who have been identified by NH DHHS case workers.  All of the children who will be receiving these gifts have either been neglected or abused; receiving some form of state assistance; in foster care; and otherwise would not have be receiving any gifts this holiday season.

Since 1960, members of the State Employees’ Association/SEIU Local 1984 have organized Operation Santa Claus to help children in need during the holidays. State employees, state retirees and other volunteers come together to provide two packages – one of items that are necessities and another of desired gifts – to more than 3,000 children across the state. For more information, visit http://operationsantaclausnh.tumblr.com/aboutOSC.

Get On Your Bikes And Ride For Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Do you own a chopper, a hog, or a crotch rocket?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have something just for you!  Grab your brain bucket and head out for a charity ride for the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis will be conducting its 1st annual “Give a Gift of Breath” Motorcycle Ride on August 17, at Moe Joe’s Restaurant, 2175 Candia Rd. Manchester NH.

Registration begins at 8am and we will be kickstands up at 10am.  Registration fee is $20 per bike and $10 for additional rider.  This will be a 2-3 hour ride through southern NH and return to Moe Joe’s for food, entertainment and raffles.  We have two bands, The Paulie’s and Tom Ballerini’s Band, that will entertain you for the afternoon, and great food from Moe Joe’s.  Food will be available after the ride for an additional $5.

All proceed will go to the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, which provides needed funding for Pulmonary Fibrosis research, awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis and support for families affected by this disease.

Please come and support this great cause and enjoy a beautiful ride through the New Hampshire countryside.

If you are a part of a motorcycle club take this flyer and post it at your local club.  Send this flyer to all your friends.  Post this link (http://wp.me/p2yHP6-308) on your social media accounts.

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A Sheet Metal Worker’s Union Family Needs Our Help

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Submitted to the NHLN by Todd Farally, Local 19 Sheet Metal Workers

Union Members and Supporters, we have a family in need!

Sheet Metal Workers Local 19′s William Ball’s son Xavier has a rare genetic disorder known as TSC, which causes tumors to grow on the brain, heart, kidneys, eyes and lungs. Currently Xavier has tumors on his brain which cause seizures. Brother Ball’s wife and Xavier are going to be making trips to and from Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital for brain surgery on young Xavier. This is going to be quite a monetary burden on the Ball family we ask that members and supporters please donate what they can through the GoFundMe. Times are tough for many of us, but even a little bit would mean the world to this family in need.

You can also go back to the GoFundMe link and view Xavier’s progress in this journey. Below is the description coming from Xavier (Through Mommy) on the GoFundMe page.

“I have a genetic disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex aka TSC. This is a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on my brain, heart, kidneys, eyes and lungs. I have several on my brain that cause me to have seizures. Doctors have prescribed me many medications none of which can control the constant seizures I have. I have these ones now that make my head drop. If you were to see them you would think I was bowing to you, but unfortunately I am not that is just a seizure. I even have these ones that I start out by smiling at you and then nothing I am just staring into space. This is crazy to see but you know what that’s why I am Xavier and I am ME!

In October I will be heading to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital for brain surgery. Now I am only going to be 22 months old and it seems very scary, but not for me I am a warrior! My mommy not so much she loves me so much she is scared for me. My daddy won’t be with us this time because he has to take care of my baby sister and make sure that he goes to work so that mommy and I can stay at the hospital and bills can still get paid.

Now like I said I am a warrior and this disease does not define me I define IT! I will have many more journeys to Pittsburgh with my mommy to be sure that everything is going as it should and that the tumors are not growing anywhere else or becoming something more severe.

I am finishing up this letter asking for just a little bit of help for me and my family. As much as we would like to say “We are OK”, we are not. Trips to and from Pittsburgh cost a lot in gas and if we have to stay then mommy has to buy her own food which cost us more. I even go to Pittsburgh to have my eyes checked, I just went and they said I have a little nearsightedness.

With my daddy having so much pride as well as my mommy this is hard for me to ask for help but we are in need!! THANK YOU!!!”

I know that times are tight but if you can spare $5 it will help.  Can you skip that cup of coffee to help this family?  Please donate below. 

NH Association Of Letter Carriers Raise Thousands For Muscular Dystrophy

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MDA Letter Carrier Bowl 5NH Letter Carriers have been applying their athletic skills for a good cause recently. Their efforts  raised both money and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. MDA is the worlds leading non-profit health  organization, sponsoring research, seeking the causes and effective treatments of neuromuscular diseases. Currently MDA research grants are supporting over 250 projects worldwide.

MDA Letter Carrier Bowl 2 (Lew Henry)In Dover NALC Branch 44 held its 10th annual MDA Bowlathon raising over $1000 . Carriers from Manchester, Durham, Hampton, Derry and Somersworth participated. While Derry walked away with the winning trophy, the real winners were the people who rely on MDA’s many services.

MDA Letter Carrier Bowl 1This past weekend NH Letter Carriers from across the state participated in their annual MDA Golf Tournament at scenic Hale’s Location Golf Course.  The event was a huge success raising over $3400 for MDA!!  A team led by NALC Branch 44 President Dan Yianakopolos walked away with the bragging rights as they squeaked out the tournament title edging a  team of local letter carriers:  Wayne Alterisio, Don Cummings, Rick “Shep” McArdle and  Elka Waddell.  It was great to see so many letter carriers take part in this fundraiser.

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The National Association of Letter Carriers has a long tradition of supporting MDA and actually was the first national sponsor of MDA. Our efforts have raised over $20 million in the past 15 years alone.

One way we can each help MDA is to ask your elected representatives to co-sponsor HR 494  the MD Care Act of 2013.  Its official name is the Paul Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance , Research and Education Act. This act helps enable scientist in the worlds best research facilities develop new drugs in the treatment of muscular dystrophy.  Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has already co-sponsored this bill along with many other members of Congress.

“It’s important that our branches make these fundraisers their own,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The results are always better when they do. And every dollar we bring in is one more dollar we’re closer to delivering the cure.”

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Unions are stepping up and building bridges with community organizations nationwide. These local activities are just one example of this partnership. As always unions put the boots on the ground and people in the streets (or bowling alleys, golf courses) for worthwhile causes. Whether its economic justice in the workplace or social justice in our nation or simply working for the common good, unions will lead the way.

May 11th Support The 21st Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive

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NALC Stamp Out Hunger --STAMP DateThe National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) will be holding their 21st annual food drive on Saturday, May 11th. On that day letter carriers will pick up non-perishable food as they deliver mail on their postal routes. The food donations collected will stay in the towns and cities where they are collected.

When we decided to take our food drive nationwide more than two decades ago, food banks and community service organizations told us that the best time for us to do it would be when people aren’t really thinking about it”, NALC President Fred Rolando noted, “to remind people that, sadly, the need for food is year-round.”  In November and December— around the holidays—many folks get caught up in a spirit of giving, so food pantries and other such organization see a major upswing in food donations,” he said. “But by May, their shelves begin to empty out.”

As the men and women who touch every neighborhood in America six days a week, letter carriers far too often see first-hand how poverty and hunger affect the customers we serve.

“Each year, the second Saturday in May is a day when all citizens have an opportunity, with the help of their letter carrier, to easily donate food to needy families in their community,” Rolando said.

The drive, the largest one-day food-collection event in the nation, has been a success every year. This year’s drive is co sponsored by National Rural Letter Carriers, AARP, AFL CIO and the United Way.

“We are pleased to announce that the United Way will continue to partner with the NALC Food Drive in 2013” United Way President Stacy Stewart said “This effort is a tremendous example of the importance of working with organized labor to advance the common good in communities throughout the United States”

Residents are asked to leave non-perishable food donations in a bag by their mailbox on Saturday May 11th before their letter carrier arrives. It will be picked up and then delivered to a local food bank.

Thank You in advance for your support, Bill Brickley.
(NH Letter Carrier for more than 27 years.)

Below is a great video from the National Association of Letter Carriers about this great event.  Click Here to share to your facebook wall.  For twitter users you can click here to tweet a pre-written message.  Or you can share this YouTube link (http://youtu.be/Uwkr-LJmWwI)

Help Give The Gift Of Breath With The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Second Wind Foundation Final CopyThe NH Labor News is not usually in the habit of promoting individual charity organizations however the Second Wind Foundation holds a special place in my heart.

The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis was founded by my good friend and fellow union member, Ron Geoffroy.  Ron has been and continues to be a mentor to me.  Ron started the foundation shortly after his wife Marylou was diagnosed.  There is not much information about Pulmonary Fibrosis, and in turn there are not many ‘foundations’ working to raise money for research.

The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis is a 501 C(3) non-profit organization established in June of 2010.  We provide funding for research to find a cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis, promote events that create awareness of the disease, and assist with support of families affected by PF. The foundation has just completed its second year of fundraising and is proud to announce that we have distributed our first grant for research to the Mass General Hospital Pulmonary Research Group.

Our fundraising efforts continue with a partnership with the Manchester Monarchs by having the Second Wind Foundation for PF hockey night at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday February 16th at 7pm.  Tickets for this event are $20.  For every ticket sold, the Second Wind Foundation for PF will receive  $8.  Each ticket holder will receive one entry into the “Chuck-a-Puck” event as well as be entered into a drawing to be one of 20 people selected to hold the American flag on the ice during the National Anthem.  We are grateful to the Manchester Monarchs for their assistance with non-profit organizations like ours.

The Second Wind Foundation for PF hopes that hockey night will become a significant event for our organization.  With your help, by attending our event, we’ll continue with necessary funding for research and helping families affected by this disease,.  For information on the event or tickets, contact Ron Geoffroy at 603-396-9535 or rgeoffroy@comcast.net.

The Second Wind Foundation for PF hosts many events throughout the year, so if you cannot attend this event, there will be more.  Be sure to like them on Facebook to keep up to date on upcoming events.

If you plan to give to a charity this year, consider giving to the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Professional Fire Fighters Of New Hampshire Give Back To Their Communities This Holiday Season

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Concord, NH – The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire on behalf of their 42 locals throughout New Hampshire are proud to announce that this holiday season their locals have raised thousands of dollars through fundraisers and toy drives over the last few weeks, to bring gifts to children all across the state.

“Each holiday season our members take time to help the families and children in their communities, whether it’s hosting fundraisers and toy drives to collect gifts, providing holiday meals, or delivering toys to hundreds of children on Christmas Day.   Local fire fighters’ care about their communities and the families they serve each and every day,” said David Lang, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire.

An example of what some locals have been doing for their communities:

  • Claremont Local #1571 is expected to raise $2,000 for Toys for Tots.
  • Dover Local #1312 and Dover Officers Local #2909 are continuing their 35 year tradition of providing toys to children age infant to 14 years old. Through their toy drive they expect to be able to provide 3 toys to each child in the community. Last year the local was able to provide gifts to over 900 children.
  • Hanover Local #3288 purchased toys to support Toys for Tots.
  • Hudson Local #3154 will continue their 20 year tradition of supporting one family (2 adults and 4 children) in their community to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve.
  • Keene Local #3265 has purchased gifts for 2 families in their community.
  • Laconia Local #1153 supported the WLNH auction. The local raised over $3,000 and purchased over $1,000 dollars’ worth of items that were auctioned off.
  • Manchester Local #856 is doing a pajama drive in conjunction with Kid Café (a Salvation Army affiliate).
  • Nashua, Local #789 did a Christmas Basket drive, where they provided approximately 70 families with a basket of Christmas Dinner fixings. They were delivered to each of the families on December 20th.
  • North Hampton Local #3211 is helping 20 families, 42 children total, with toys and Shaws gift cards.
  • Pelham Local #4546 is hosting a toy and food drive for families in their community.
  • Somersworth Local #2320 is holding a toy drive for 185 applicants, providing toys to 400-500 children.
  • Portsmouth Local #1313 and Portsmouth Officers Local #4039 provided toys and gifts to 39 families in Portsmouth. They are also taking a trailer full of gifts to New York City tomorrow for the Fire Fighters families who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy.

“We know that the holiday season can be a difficult time for some New Hampshire families, and we want to make sure we do our part to bring some comfort and happiness to the children of New Hampshire and their families during this season,” stated Lang.

Please contact your local fire department for more information on how to donate toys for children in New Hampshire this holiday season.

The PFFNH, headquartered in Concord, NH represents more than 2,000 active and retired fire fighters and paramedics.  More information is available at www.pffnh.org

This Thanksgiving (and every Thanksgiving) Unions Are Giving Back

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The “union-avoidance” industry isn’t taking the election results lying down.  The Andrew Breitbarts of the world are already busy spinning the Hostess Brands liquidation and Wednesday’s planned protest in Los Angeles.  (If you’re wondering: there may be delays on surface streets around LAX – but the protest is not expected to impact any air travel.)

In these days leading up to Thanksgiving, you’re probably going to hear a lot of other anti-union stories in the media.  (The union-busters have a lot of money to spend on PR.)

What you’re probably not going to hear is how union members nationwide are celebrating the holiday.  A quick sampling:

  • In Palm Beach, Florida, labor unions are part of “The Big Heart Brigade”.  Last Thanksgiving, the Brigade fed 100,000 people – and they are hoping to feed even more, this year.   “Several local unions have already donated time and funds to help, including Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA) Local 630, Ironworkers Local 402, Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 728, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 3181 and Machinists (IAM) Local 971.”
  • Feed The Community Day

    Near Los Angeles, ILWU Local 13 is holding their 15th annual “Feed the Community Day”.  They will be distributing 1,500 turkey baskets with all the trimmings to help feed low-income families in surrounding communities.

  • Throughout the country, IAFF Locals are giving coats to kids through “Operation Warm”. IAFF Local 157 is distributing more than 2,000 coats to needy children in Oklahoma City, OK.  IAFF Local 215 is giving away almost 1,000 coats in Milwaukee, WI.  In New Jersey, IAFF Local 2657 is donating 350 coats.  In Pennsylvania, IAFF Local 10 plans to give a new coat to every single child who attends George Washington Elementary School, after firefighters noticed that most students didn’t have anything warmer than a hooded sweatshirt (87% of the school’s families live at or below the poverty line).
  • And of course, Hurricane Sandy relief efforts will continue through the holiday.  Nationwide, union members are contributing to various Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds.  Union members in the hardest-hit areas will continue to do what they have been doing for weeks: cleaning up, fixing up, and taking care of the people around them.

This Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our union brothers and sisters.  Our union family is not just standing behind us in our workplaces – unions are giving back to our communities, making things better for families in need.