May 21, 2023
Teamsters Local 322 Spent the Afternoon Celebrating Abilities, Spreading Joy, and Building Lasting Connections in the Community
(RICHMOND, Va.) Teamsters Local 322 members showcased their commitment to community service and camaraderie through their participation in the Legacy Initiative For Teamsters (L.I.F.T.) program. On April 22, 2023, a group of dedicated Teamsters joined forces with Jacob's Chance for their annual River City Buddy Ball event, spreading joy and inclusivity to children and young adults with special needs.
The L.I.F.T. program, an initiative developed by Teamsters Local 322, focuses on uplifting communities by engaging in volunteer work and supporting organizations that make a difference. The River City Buddy Ball event perfectly aligned with the program's values, providing an opportunity for Teamsters to create unforgettable memories and foster a sense of belonging for those with special needs.
Jacob's Chance, a local non-profit organization, strives to enhance the lives of children and young adults with disabilities by promoting inclusivity through recreational activities. The River City Buddy Ball event brought together participants, volunteers, and supporters for a day of adaptive sports, games, and camaraderie.
With Teamsters Local 322 members as their dedicated buddies, the participants enjoyed a range of activities tailored to their unique abilities. Teamsters embraced their roles as mentors and companions, providing encouragement, guidance, and unconditional support throughout the event.
The collaboration between Teamsters Local 322 and Jacob's Chance exemplified the power of unity and community engagement. By coming together, they not only created a safe and welcoming environment but also fostered a sense of belonging for individuals who often face unique challenges in their day-to-day lives.
This meaningful event would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of Teamsters Local 322 members who selflessly volunteered their time and energy. Their commitment to service and compassion truly exemplified the values of the L.I.F.T. program.
"We are incredibly proud of our Teamsters Local 322 members who actively participated in the River City Buddy Ball event. Their dedication to supporting individuals with special needs and fostering inclusivity is a testament to the values we hold dear. Through their involvement, our members exemplify the true spirit of unity, compassion, and community engagement.” said Brian Peyton, President of Teamsters Local 322. “Together, we are making a positive impact and creating lasting connections that uplift hearts and inspire us all."
Through their involvement in the River City Buddy Ball event, Teamsters Local 322 members demonstrated that solidarity extends beyond the workplace, reaching into the hearts of their community. By embracing inclusivity and celebrating diversity, they reinforced the Teamsters' legacy as advocates for social change and champions of a brighter future for all.
Keith Berkeley, Director of L.I.F.T., shared this message, saying, "I would like to thank all those that participated in the River City Buddy Ball event. It is because of you that we can positively impact our community while perpetuating a legacy of Teamsters caring for the greater good. I would also like to thank Kate Mardigian, the Executive Director of Jacob’s Chance, and Sadie Hodges, the Athletic Director of River City Buddy Ball. They played a crucial role in making our efforts a success!”
As the event concluded, the Teamsters and participants parted ways with a renewed sense of connection, gratitude, and an unwavering commitment to continue supporting each other. Teamsters Local 322 and Jacob's Chance have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the lives of those who participated in the River City Buddy Ball event, fostering a spirit of compassion and camaraderie that will resonate for years to come.
The Legacy Initiative For Teamsters (L.I.F.T.) program will continue to empower Teamsters Local 322 members to make a positive impact in their communities, serving as a testament to their unwavering dedication to social responsibility. Together, they will continue to lift up individuals and organizations, creating a brighter future for all.
To learn more about how you can get involved in the L.I.F.T. program, please visit www.teamsterslocal322.org/lift for more information.