On June 10, seven members of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) Local 251 donated their time and expertise to refurbishing a local Buffalo second-hand thrift store.
Fillmore Forward, a non-profit that helps revitalize the business district in the Buffalo area, helped to organize and facilitate the work between the NRCC and the second-hand thrift shop One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure (1474 Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo, NY).
The Fillmore Forward community project consisted of sanding and finishing two window display areas, replacing the underlayment, adding new vinyl tiles to the floor and polishing and buffing the existing wooden floor. The Western New York Floor Company Inc. of Rochester New York supplied the floor sander for the project, while members of NRCC’s Council-wide Flooring Local 251 provided the manpower.
Rita Gay, representative of Fillmore Forward, felt honored that carpenters donated their time and expertise to help a storeowner in need.
“When I first contacted the NRCC, there was no hesitation at all about helping us out and providing their expertise to better the Buffalo community,” said Gay. “We were so pleased with the work that the Carpenters did for the thrift store and the community.”
NRCC Council Representative Leonard Ranallo said that he wanted to give back to an organization that is beneficial to the community.
“It’s important for carpenters to get involved and help to build the communities that we live, work and raise our families in,” said Ranallo. “Fillmore Forward is an excellent resource in this community and helping this organization benefits everyone.”
The seven members who dedicated their Saturday afternoon to giving back to the community included:
- Greg Simmons of Local 251
- Gene McMasters of Local 251
- Tom McMasters of Local 251
- Sam Tusso of Local 251
- Kevin Price of Local 251
- Rory Bump of Local 251
About the NRCC
The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) represents nearly 40,000 hardworking men and women in Delaware and New Jersey and portions of Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. NRCC is one of the largest trade unions on the East Coast. The NRCC equips professional men and women carpenters with the skills, training and quality workmanship that are demanded in today's construction industry. For more information on NRCC, please visit our website: www.northeastcarpenters.org; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NortheastRegionalCouncilofCarpenters; or Twitter: https://twitter.com/nrccarpenters.
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