TCU/IAM Local Lodge 2508 member Alexandra Villarreal with students from Sacred Heart High School in Los Angeles, CA.

TCU/IAM Local Lodge 2508 member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Alexandra Villarreal, founded a Women’s Committee specifically for On-Board Amtrak workers in the LA area and is giving back to the community.

“I wanted to create a Women’s Committee because there’s never been anything like it [locally] in my 24 years of service. I thought it would be great to create something for the women, by the women at Amtrak. A safe place the women could come to for support, advice, positivity and care,” said Villarreal.

This February, the Women’s Committee decided to show that their love expands past the service they provide on and off the train by donating games, coloring supplies, books and more to a local senior community.

One of their first fundraisers was a school supply drive, where they collected and donated school supplies to the young women at Sacred Heart Girls School in Los Angeles, CA. The Committee chose this all-girls school because they wanted to show solidarity with the young women of their community.

The 2508 Women’s Committee also proudly raised $400 for Pacific Lifeline, a women’s and children’s shelter in Upland, CA.

“This is a great job by the officers of Lodge 2508. Their initiative to create a Women’s Committee and make an impact in their community is something their entire membership can be proud of. I appreciate their hard work on this special project and am proud to see they had such a great outcome,” said National President Maratea.

The Committee’s goal is to find creative ways to get the women of Local Lodge 2508 involved in the surrounding community while working together to make the world a better place.