When CWA Local 1031 member Ida Masa lost her home in a fire, CWA members stepped in to help their union sister get back on her feet. In an event headlined by former New York Giant player Leonard Marshall, Local 1031 raised thousands in funds to help Ida and her family in their search for a new home.
The June 20 fundraiser was organized by Local 1031’s New Jersey City University (NJCU) Branch at the university in Jersey City, New Jersey. To lend a helping hand, Leonard Marshall— a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants— donated his time to sign autographs and take photos with CWA members and fans at the fundraiser.
Since May 18, Ida Masa and her 20-year-old son have been displaced after a three-alarm fire destroyed her home in Jersey City, New Jersey. Ida and her son have stayed in a dormitory at NJCU where she works as a Clerk Typist for the university’s tutoring center. Since that time, the Local’s New Jersey City University Branch began their fundraising efforts through support through email blasts and phone calls. For the event, nearly 20 local merchants donated food to help support the event which was served to guests by member-volunteers.
With the outpouring of donations and support from CWA members and local community residents, the Local raised over $10,000 to help Ida in her relocation effort.
With continued support from her union family, Ida and her son will soon be back in a home.