USA’s Gun-A-Week calendar is back by popular demand for 2016. Not only does it feature union member photos and provide an opportunity to win a gun every week; it can be used to raise money for worthy union causes.
Exactly how does it do that? Simple. When unions donate $2,000 to support the USA and its conservation mission, they receive 100 USA calendars. Unions can sell the calendars for a reasonable $30 each (if you’re into math, that’s $0.58 per chance to win a gun) to make their donation back plus an additional $1,000. Not only that, they receive a Remington 870 Express shotgun, which can be raffled to raise additional funds.
Last year, the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) of IBEW LU 716 raffled the 870 shotgun they received through their USA calendar donation to raise more than $1,600 to help send delegates to that National EWMC conference and support community service projects.
EWMC members are typically community service project leaders in the Houston area. One project they recently completed was building a handicap ramp to the front porch for an elderly woman living on social security income. The EWMC also partnered with IBEW LU 716, Rebuild Houston and Channel 11 to refurbish the home of an elderly grandmother who had been on a waiting list for nearly two years. Thirty volunteers came together over two days to replace rotten siding, paint the house and trim, build steps to a side door, build hand rails for both the front and side doors and much more. Check it out at www.ibew716.net/rebuild-together
“We are proud to be members of USA and allow the EWMC and IBEW LU 716 to be a positive force in our community,” said Fred Ellis, IBEW LU 716 assistant business manager.
Like the EWMC, the Atomic Trades and Labor Council in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, used the money it earned through the USA’s calendar program to better its community. They put both the money they earned through calendar sales and by raffling the shotguns they received into their Community Action Fund, which makes donations to various local charities.
“We have found this to be an excellent fundraising tool for our Council,” said Steve Jones, Atomic Trades and Labor Council president.
Learn more about USA’s 2016 calendar program at http://52guns.unionsportsmen.org.