Postal workers have also found volunteering and charity work and other leisure activities to be integral ways of both becoming a part of their larger community as well as a way of creating a stronger bond within the postal community through shared investment in time. There are several charitable events organized by the USPS and its associations and unions, such as the National Association of Letter Carrier’s canned food drive every second Saturday in May, walks and runs for NALC’s official charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Unlike the more official activities and projects, the activities discussed below are among those organized as events or clubs on local or personal levels. Though postal workers do not organize all of these events for the purpose of getting to know their fellow employees, such events do help to create a feeling of solidarity in the union as well as the job itself. These acts not only connect postal workers to one another through their strong dedication and common interests, but also to the community in which they are such integral players.