Authored by: Andrew Pacifico Jr, Senior Council Representative, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Many people know that the Carpenters Union gives back to the community very frequently. Typically, by using their highly trained carpentry skills to work on projects for veterans, the disabled, the elderly, children, etc. What we don’t normally hear about, is the feats that some Union Carpenters are willing to go to help a great organization in our community. Jason Friedman, NRCC Council Representative, scaled a 10,916-foot high mountain in Yosemite National Park in order to raise money for Hands of Hope and this is the third time Jason has embarked on a hike to raise money for the organization.
The Carpenters Union has always been synonymous with being a brotherhood, but these days the definition has transcended its origins. Whether its focusing on diversity or helping out in our communities, brotherhood means much more than it used to. Hands for Hope has managed to help over 13,000 disadvantaged people living in the Edison, NJ area and they hope to have that number steadily increase this year. It certainly makes the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters proud, but it also makes you proud just to know that someone is willing to help others and give 100 percent of what is donated to a great cause.