Local 166 members power Selinsgrove Center through pandemic (SLIDESHOW)
AFSCME Local 166 members power the Selinsgrove Center in Snyder County, where individuals with varying levels of intellectual disabilities receive 24-hour medical, therapeutic, recreational, and social work services.
Local 166 members perform a variety of jobs, including Clerk Typist, Store Room Clerk, Purchasing Agent, Fiscal Assistant, Equipment Operator, Carpenter, Plumber, Painter, Maintenance, Cosmetologist, Utility Plant Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator, HVAC, Residential Service Aide, LPN, Therapeutic Activity Aide, Physical Therapy Aide, Custodial Worker, Food Service Worker, Cook, Seamstress, and Dental Assistant.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Selinsgrove Center staff have followed health and safety procedures while continuing to deliver high quality care to residents.
Heidi Diem, Clerk Typist at the Center and Secretary of Local 166, discussed the challenges her and her coworkers have faced during this time and how they feared for not only themselves, but the individuals they serve. They did everything in their power to follow guidelines while maintaining a sense of normalcy for the residents.
“During this pandemic, our jobs became even more important than we ever knew,” Heidi said.
“Public service isn’t always an easy thing, but it is so rewarding when you know that you are helping to make a positive difference in the lives of those you serve.”
AFSCME Council 13 commends our sisters and brothers at Selinsgrove Center, as well as those at other facilities throughout the Commonwealth facing similar challenges. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.