COMMUNITY OUTREACH

ADHOC RELIEF EFFORTS

The chapter partnered with the Mt. Calvary CDC, Inc. and the Black Affairs Advisory Board to collect non-perishable foods, personal hygiene and small household items in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. The effects of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas in 2019 were among the worst experienced for any natural disaster in the country. Hurricane Dorian struck the Abaco Islands as a Category 5 hurricane on September 1, and a day later hit Grand Bahama Island at the same category. The effort yielded a shipping container full of goods being sent to the Bahamas.
Volunteers from the chapter participated in various food distributions around the county to assist various organizations and churches in distributing food to families in need. The chapter collected funds to provide gift cards for personal hygiene and medical items. Currently, the chapter is in the process of collecting unwrapped toys at various Miami-Dade Department of Transportation & Public Works locations. The Toy Drive is for families in low income areas with children whose finances have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. 
The chapter partnered with the DTPW Heroes Helping Heroes (HHH), University of Miami & Jackson Memorial Health System (JMH) Infectious Diseases Specialists and sponsored an Informational Session on COVID-19. The topics included: Fighting Covid-19 on the Frontlines; Understanding the Disease; Prevention; Treatment Options and the importance of Convalescent Plasma donations. Dr. Shweta Anjan, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine was the guest speaker.
Some students can’t afford food let alone school supplies. Every year in August, the chapter collects school supplies and donations from its members and others willing to participate, to ensure that children at area schools have the essential school supplies they need to succeed. Having the necessary school supplies helps keep kids focused and learning. The backpacks are presented at a non-profit organization or area school.

 

This is a Community Outreach opportunity like no other. The chapter collects gently used clothing and accessories for the benefit of a non-profit organization serving vulnerable people. The Drive provides members an opportunity to volunteer by sorting and preparing the clothing for distribution. This year, the chapter selected the Camillus House as the recipient. The Camillus House provides help to those in need through direct services of food, clothing, shelter, addiction counseling, behavioral health and job training, and health care.

Our annual Chapter-driven membership recruitment drive is a full week in November of creative activities to help bolster local Chapter membership and participation and bring transportation industry professionals from all modes under the COMTO banner. The chapter sets up tables throughout its corporate member facilities filled with information on the organization as well as promotional items. In addition, the chapter hosts educational workshops or networking events to promote the goals and objectives of COMTO.

 

COMTO Week Supports Our Strategic Goals through:

·        Enhancing and increasing membership benefits

·        A focused membership campaign

·        Improving local chapter effectiveness

·        Strengthening organizational effectiveness

 

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The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) was created to provide a forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry. COMTO’s membership includes individuals, groups, transportation agencies, private sector corporations, non-profit organizations, and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs).

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