January 5, 2018 – Plymouth, PA – Approximately 20 Northeastern Regional Council of Carpenter (NRCC) apprentices along with several volunteers devoted their time and expertise to install new carpeting and ceiling tiles at the Church On The Mall in Plymouth, Pennsylvania. Located at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, the Catholic church is more than 50 years old and serves as a popular congregation area for many of the community’s residents. The building also houses “The Rachel Way,” a fully functioning, dedicated gluten and dairy free food pantry, which distributes approximately 1,500 pounds of food and serves an estimated 300 hungry families on a monthly basis. Anyone can utilize this service, including members.
During the charitable activity, NRCC apprentices learned about the carpet installation process, were educated on how to string a dry line and taught to use great attention to detail while dealing with high-end materials.
“This is a really great way for our carpenters to give back, while also gaining practical, hands-on experience,” said Ron Kromer, an instructor from the Philadelphia Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC). “Our carpenters care greatly about the communities we live and work in, so it’s a win-win when an opportunity arises where we can apply our skillset to make a difference and simultaneously teach our apprentices.”
The new carpet flooring, which retails for approximately $60 - $200 per square yard – depending on the length – is a vibrant, high grade, woven material donated by Parx Casino located in Bensalem, PA. Supreme Ceilings, based in Reading, PA, donated the ceiling tiles. Metropolitan Carpets donated all of the glue, seam sealers and reducers.
Between in-kind labor and materials, approximately $65,000 was donated to revitalize the Church On The Mall in time for the holidays and New Year.
About the NRCC
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