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Employees served communities this year

Employees at the Davis, IL, Post Office gather during a “date meets ZIP” event in June. From left are Rural Carrier Brenda Butler, Postmaster Dennis Jansen, Rural Carrier Mary McCoy and Custodian Margie Franzen.

Postal Service employees worked throughout 2019 to strengthen the organization’s community ties.

The Minneapolis Main Post Office gave tours to thousands of customers through a citywide initiative that gives the public behind-the-scenes access to unique venues, while the Davis, IL, Post Office — which serves ZIP Code 61019 — held a “date meets ZIP” event June 10 to celebrate the special role that USPS plays in the community.

“The life of the Post Office is to be involved in the community,” said Postmaster Dennis Jansen.

Elsewhere, the Alamance, NC, Post Office donated a vintage window unit to a local museum, while employees at Westwood Station in Cincinnati helped a young woman with Down syndrome fulfill her dream of delivering mail and workers from several postal facilities joined forces to send birthday cards to an Abbeville, LA, customer with brain damage.

“This was a great way for us to remind the community that we’re there for them,” said Abbeville Postmaster Tonious Carter.

Health awareness was important this year, too.

Jay Overy, a Bay Village, OH, retail associate, became a volunteer ambassador for Fight Colorectal Cancer, an organization that pushes for advocacy and research, while Frank Facio, a San Diego mail processing clerk who is blind, was honored by Careers & the disABLED magazine.

Additionally, postal workers across the nation helped promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Said Delora Hawkins, a Carol Stream, IL, operations support specialist: “Anything we can do to highlight the importance of early detection is valuable.”

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