USW Cares: 2018 District 7 Jefferson Award Winner, Markael Watkins

District 7 Top Volunteer Profile

USW Jefferson Award Winner: Markael Watkins

Local Union: 1014

Location: Gary, IN

Service Work: Markael is the Chairman to the Community Service Committee of Local 1014. He has volunteered both on his own and by recruiting volunteers for projects.  He created an event for veterans that provides hot meals, health information and thanks to individuals who have sacrificed for their country.  Markael also volunteered 300+ hours in assisting with the planning of "A Day to Remember," an event honoring Richard Hatcher as the first elected black Mayor in the United States.  This year, he organized a pizza party for 40 Veterans in an effort to show appreciation.  Markael led an effort to get 60 brand-new bikes to children in the city of Gary who would have otherwise not received a Christmas present. Markael has also led projects that benefitted the Northwest Indiana Veterans Village, Veterans Café, Sojouner Truth House, Salvation Army, Gary Housing Authority, and City Life Center. He continues to find projects and serve his community where he sees a need.

Hours: 400+ hours

Community Impact: Markael was instrumental in raising $2,000 worth of donations and 100 bikes for needy children. Markael has had a very positive impact on his community. His efforts to give back showed community members going through hard times that they are important and not forgotten.

Outstanding Quality: Markael’s compassion and volunteerism have made a difference in many people’s lives.

Prize money donated to: Sojourner Truth House

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