Local 222's Community Involvement

1425 Phillip Murray Avenue
Oshawa, Ontario, L1J 8L4
905-723-1187 | 1-800-465-5458
Email: local222@local222.ca

Local 222 has a long and proud history of not only providing service to our members, but of supporting charitable organizations in our communities, supporting community initiatives and responding to disasters. Many local agencies are supported annually by Local 222 and its members. In 2011 alone, the CAW Local 222 Social Justice Fund was able to provide over $200,000 in funding to registered charities in our communities, including:

  • United Way of Durham Region
  • Simcoe Hall Settlement House
  • Habitat for Humanity Durham
  • Oshawa Community Health Centre
  • Hope Centre For Learning
  • Oshawa YWCA
  • Eastview Boys & Girls Club
  • Hospital For Sick Children
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • John Howard Society
  • Friends Of Second Marsh
  • Ontario Shores
  • Durham Hospice
  • Grandview Children’s Foundation
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Durham Children’s Aid Society
  • Local women’s shelters and food banks

The United Way of Durham Region is also supported by our members through payroll deduction at many units of CAW Local 222. Our membership has a long-standing relationship with this organization and is responsible for donating hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to the United Way.

Over the years, Local 222 and its members have helped build our community by:

  • Establishing the UAW Credit Union in 1938
  • Donating to the building of the Civic Auditorium in 1964
  • Donating $600,000 to the Oshawa Hospital expansion in 1968
  • Opening the Oshawa Co-op store in 1969
  • Opening the Oshawa Senior Citizens’ Drop-in Centre in 1969
  • Opening the UAW Dental Centre in 1976
  • Donating $250,000 to help bring a university to Oshawa
  • Donating to the building of the Durham Family YMCA in 2000
  • Donating over $2.8 million to the Durham Regional Cancer Centre

Several CAW Local 222 skilled trades members took part in CAW National Skilled Trades Department initiatives and volunteered their time to rebuild homes in New Orleans in 2006 and 2007, following Hurricane Katrina and to rebuild water wells in the Yukon’s Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation community in 2008 and 2009.

Through gate collections and donations from the CAW Local 222 Social Justice Fund, members responded to the following recent disasters by donating:

  • $50,000 to aid American victims of terrorism from September 11, 2001
  • $20,000 to support famine relief efforts in Mozambique in 2003
  • $50,000 to help victims of the Peterborough flood in 2004
  • $19,000 to help rebuild the YWCA’s Adelaide House after a fire in 2004
  • $65,000 to support the Indian Ocean Tsunami relief efforts in 2005
  • $22,000 to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005
  • $25,000 towards Haiti Earthquake relief in 2010
  • $10,000 towards the famine in East Africa in 2011
  • $25,000 to support the Japan Tsunami relief efforts in 2011

Local 222 and its members are always there to lend a helping hand to an individual, a family, a community or an organization in need. This article touches on only some of the initiatives and support that Local 222 has been able to provide locally, nationally and internationally over the years. This social unionism is something that has been the fabric of Local 222 from the very beginning and something that will continue into the future.

© Unifor Local 222

Excerpt from CAW Local 222 – A 75-Year Retrospective – “In Our Own Words”,
published in 2012 by CAW Local 222.  Click HERE to view entire book.