Western Sullivan United Teachers and SRPs
Hilda Monfredo is a teacher aide at Sullivan West. During the spring of 2011, she researched a way to begin a union run food pantry. The WSUT & SRP Backpack Pantry began that fall. To date, 191 backpacks have been delivered to 14 needy families in the Sullivan West school district. The backpacks go home with the children every other week. It's a union project in which the members donate food and money. Monfredo manages the entire program. She contacts families about receiving assistance, keeps inventory of the pantry and packs the backpacks to go home. Her high level of professionalism, caring nature and devotion to the students is shown through her ability to persevere and maintain the program while preserving anonymity for the recipients of the backpacks.
During her 18 years of service she has accomplished many things: as negotiations chair, she negotiated the past two SRP contracts; she's a NYSUT Education & Learning Trust instructor; she sits on the SRP sick bank committee, is a trustee of the local's benefit trust and serves as executive vice president of the SRP unit. Last year, she completed the NYSUT Leadership Institute program.
Hilda Monfredo's segment of the Consituency Awards video begins at 0:33.