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Community Services

AFL-CIO unions and our members are committed partners in our communities, which leads many to volunteering in a range of community services—from charitable giving to running programs that help families in economic or personal crises. The AFL-CIO has an extensive Community Services Network with more than 160 full-time liaisons who link their state and local labor councils with the United Way and Red Cross chapters in communities across the country. The liaisons coordinate services for those suffering from natural disasters, financial hardship, illness, joblessness, mortgage foreclosure and other difficulties.

Community Services Network

The Directory of Labor Liaisons and Labor Agencies  will help you connect with your local Community Services Network.

When Disaster Strikes

Disaster preparedness and recovery save lives and safeguard communities.

Action in the Aftermath  is the AFL-CIO's disaster preparedness and response manual. Putting the pieces back together after a disaster is covered in Guide to Rebuilding .

Surviving Unemployment

Photo credit: LA County Federation of Labor

IATSE members were among many union members taking part in the L.A. County Federation of Labor’s Homeless Heroes team.

When the Paycheck Stops provides step-by-step help for surviving unemployment. (Download a PDF in English or Spanish .)

Protecting Your Home from Foreclosure

For many working families, their home is their largest financial asset. But for a growing number of us, our home is only a paycheck away from being threatened by foreclosure. Find out more.

Bias-Free Financial Information

NLC Invested provides straight information about investing and financial security--and it doesn't try to sell any financial product. The website exists to help working families understand the concepts and tools that enhance everyone’s financially security, both now and in the future.

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Protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has done crucial work to safeguard Americans against the deceptive and abusive practices of big banks, student loan servicers, credit card companies and predatory lenders. Tell Congress to protect this important agency.

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