Housing Families Holiday Drive

Housing Families is working to end family homelessness by providing safe, temporary shelter and quality affordable housing, so families can remain together.

Each year local 2222 supports Housing Families throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season. This year, due to the pandemic, Housing Families has asked that we donate gift cards for their families.  This will help keep the families safe and allow flexibility during these unprecedented times.

These are the most needed Gift Cards:

  • Target
  • Amazon
  • Vanilla Visa
  • Stop & Shop / Market Basket

Gift cards can be given to your steward. Housing Families has requested all donations be delivered by December 11, 2020. If you would prefer, you can use the link below to donate to the IBEW 2222 Benevolent Fund and we will purchase and deliver the gift cards.



Thank You For Your Support! 

VZ Members – Don’t miss out: Earn your $100 Healthcare Credit by December 1st

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to earn a full $100 credit on your 2021 medical plan contributions. All you need to do is complete one of the five healthy actions below. One of these actions must be completed, even if you have completed the Health Assessment in the past. 

  • Get a biometric screening either at home or at a Quest Patient Service Center. If you’ve already ordered the at-home kit, now’s the time to return it. To schedule, go to My Health Vault on WellConnect and click on the left column to sign in to Quest. 
  • Participate in a volunteer activity in your local community. Visit the Verizon Volunteer Portal to get ideas, or choose a volunteer activity that’s important to you. 
  • Participate in WebMD Coaching to start an achievable plan created by an expert coach. 
  • Complete a WebMD Health Assessment in a few minutes online and learn how to improve your health. If you’ve previously taken a Health Assessment, you’ll need to either complete a new one or complete one of the four other healthy actions. 
  • Choose a Primary Care Physician or complete an annual wellness visit to get the most from your health benefits, including yearly checkups, screenings and immunizations. If you already have a PCP, then you can complete an annual wellness visit with your healthcare provider.


To get started, go to the Verizon HealthZone and log in with your username and password. Then select Wellness Incentives in the top navigation. If you need help resetting your username and password, contact WebMD Customer Service at 1.855.326.5097. Select option 1 for Customer Service, then press 0 to speak with a representative.  

If you have questions, please contact the Verizon Wellness Team.


NOTES:

Please allow up to 5 business days for your $100 wellness credit to be reflected on your annual benefits summary.

You’re eligible to receive a $100 wellness credit once, whether you complete one or more of the five healthy actions. 
 

  • To ensure your credit is reflected in your first check of 2021, you must complete one of the above actions no later 12/1/20
  • If you complete the action after 12/1/20 but before 12/31/20 you will receive full credit for 2021, but this will not be reflected in the first few pay periods.
  • Actions completed in 2021 will result in a prorated credit.

New FMLA Authorization Changes

Effective immediately, Sedgwick will add the FMLA Medical Authorization Form to the Short Term Disability (STD) packet sent at the start of an absence.  This change due to feedback received from the Department of Labor that two separate authorizations are required.  Previously, only one authorization was included in the packet for both FMLA and STD claims. 

All employees will need to complete both the:

  • FMLA Authorization (Voluntary Authorization to Seek Clarification or Authentication on FMLA and/or State FMLA Certification)
  • STD authorization (Medical Authorization) in order for Sedgwick to contact the health care provider regarding either the FMLA or STD claim. 

IBEW 2222 Supports United Way – Please Join Us

 

The United Way works to create positive, lasting change for people in need. We call it harnessing the power of people working together. And that means everyone — individuals, nonprofits, companies, and government agencies.

We work every day to achieve our vision and mission by focusing on two foundations of better lives: Financial Opportunity and Educational Success.  Specifically:

  • Financial Opportunity: Ensuring that all families have safe housing, healthy food, and quality childcare; that they have jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families; and that they have access to financial tools and coaching to help build a better future.
  • Educational Success: Preparing children so they can enter school ready to learn, develop critical social and academic skills, and get the support they need to stay in school and graduate.

You are the key to making this shared vision a reality. Your gifts become critical funding for ground-breaking initiatives and best-in-class partnerships with nonprofit agencies throughout our region. Your time and talents fuel the engine for change, and your friends, family, and colleagues are the army of difference-makers who positively impact lives.

THAT’S WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE UNITED.

Please join us in supporting the United Way – Click Here to donate.

Insurance Reminder for VZ Members

For members with college-aged students, remember you must certify your dependent child is a full-time student when they reach 19 years of age.  If you fail to do so, they will lose their dental and vision insurance on December 31st of the year of their 19th birthday.

To certify Full-Time Student Status:

If you have any problems or questions please call the Union office 617-929-6000

Free Estate Planning for Union Members

The Union negotiated New England Work & Family Committee is pleased to offer a free Estate Planning Kit to our VZ members.

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Estate planning can be an overwhelming, time-consuming task that shouldn’t be avoided. This kit will break down the necessary steps to put your estate in order and make difficult times easier for your loved ones. The Estate Planning Basics provides guidance and direction to planning areas such as wills, beneficiaries, living trusts, probate, retirement plans, estate tax, and lawyers. This book explains how to make a plan and carry it to completion, and includes access to Nolo’s Wills, Trusts and Probate center, where you’ll find hundreds of articles and FAQs, and useful legal forms. A unique page is also available online with legal updates pertaining to just this book.

Now that you are on your way to creating an estate plan, it’s important to have a way to store and keep track of the important documents you and your family will need. This NEW&F Document Holder is the perfect solution. A heavy-duty document holder will keep your documents safe and damage-free. It features ten expandable file pockets to organize the documents you need to store or carry with you. Everything you need in one convenient place! Click the link above to order.

 

Our Adopted Charities Need Our Help

We at IBEW Local 2222 are blessed to be working through these unprecedented times.
Please consider making a donation to one or both of these worthy charities.

Thank you for your contribution and be well.

Housing Families has continued serving over 200 families and children a week in our programs throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We are now seeing a drastic increase in the number of new families and community members struggling to meet basic needs. With resources becoming scarcer by the day, these families are at high risk of homelessness. They need our support now.

Housing Families created The HFI Family Fund to support community members harmed by the COVID-19 epidemic.

The HFI Family Fund provides flexible, direct assistance to families in need. The fund’s priorities during this time are to ensure that vulnerable families are able to meet essential needs and have access to financial assistance paying critical obligations such as utilities and rent; groceries, particularly food and disinfecting supplies; therapeutic outlets during this stressful time; academic and enrichment activities; and information and resources regarding the pandemic.

If there is one thing that this crisis has demonstrated, it is that we are all in this together. The well-being of one depends on the well-being of all.  You can make a donation by CLICKING HERE. Thank You!

 

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bread of life logoThe mission of Bread of life is to strive to feed the hungry, the homeless, the needy and the isolated; to offer spiritual nurture, support, and hospitality; to promote greater peace and justice by addressing broader issues of hunger, poverty, and need; and to conduct our work in a spirit of respect and nonviolence.

Please, take a moment to donate whatever you can to help Bread of Life care for the neediest among us. You can make a donation by CLICKING HERE.  Thank You!

Local 2222 in partnership with Pisa Pizza of Malden, providing box lunches for Bread of Life.
Thank You, and please donate.

 

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Verizon Employees – You can double your charitable donation by registering to have it matched by the company.

Please CLICK HERE to register for a VZ matching donation

New Discount Program for 2222 Members

Members will receive 50 basis points, which can be used towards closing costs or interest rate reduction on a new mortgage or refinance

 

prmg-johnhorganIBEW 2222 is proud to announce another new discount program for our members.  John Horgan is a licensed loan officer with Paramount Residential Mortgage Group.  Through PMRG, John is able to deliver a wide range of Jumbo, FHA, VA, USDA, and conventional loan products, along with providing cutting-edge technology and industry-leading customer service. 

John is also a proud 37-year member of IBEW 2222, and as such, he wants to offer a great discount to his Union Family: 50 Basis Points!  You can apply this benefit to your closing expenses or to buy down your interest rate. 50 Basis Points – at no cost to you!

If you’re in the market for a mortgage or to refinance, please visit John’s website, or contact him at johnh@prmg.net or 781-264-0910.

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