Each year, Hands of Hope alleviates hunger by distributing food to more than 10,000 families in need. The organization, which serves communities in the Edison, N.J., region, is a food pantry, soup kitchen and also distributes clothing. Members from Local 252 recently joined in to help the Hands of Hope food pantry stock up ahead of the holiday season by volunteering to move a truckload of groceries donated by the local Shop Rite to the food bank. In this image from Sunday, members are busy unloading the donated food. If you would like to donate or volunteer at Hands of Hope please visit http://handsofhopenj.net/donate/ or call 1-732-236-3330.
UBC Local 491 members, Angela and Corey Connor, were recognized by the Veterans Administration Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) for their volunteer efforts at Perry Point VA Hospital where they provide assistance and support to patients in Long Term, and Hospice Care.
When brothers and sisters from local 276 became aware of fellow union construction worker in need, they banded together and dedicated their weekends to lend a helping hand. A few weeks ago LU 276 member Bret Woods got a call from a man whose father had suffered a massive stroke that left him paralyzed on his left side. The man knew his father would have a great difficulty reaching his second floor bedroom so he reached out for help.
Union carpenters from Local 254 hosted a blood drive at the headquarters of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, 91 Fieldcrest Avenue, Raritan Plaza II, Edison, from 8:30 to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 30th. Blood donations were made on the first floor lobby.
In 2013 the Boys and Girls Club of Albany were forced to cancel its annual summer camp at Lawson’s Lake N.Y. due to financial issues, leaving countless disadvantaged youths from Albany County with nowhere to go but out on the streets during their summer vacation from school.
The city and the Red Cross have partnered to prevent fire related injuries and fatalities in local homes by teaching families about fire safety and equipping homes with free smoke alarms. Since February, Red Cross volunteers have been visiting city homes to help residents better prepare against fire and help them develop a fire escape plan. The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters also installed free smoke alarms in homes.