Going Above and Beyond to Help Those In Need

Published On: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Original Publisher: Carpenter Contractor Trust


One of the aspects of union labor to be very proud of is the ability to organize and volunteer in our communities.

Authored by: Bill Sproule, NJ Regional Manager, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters

One of the aspects of union labor to be very proud of is the ability to organize and volunteer in our communities. It is truly the cornerstone to what the brotherhood is all about and why the union is so vital to the neighborhoods they belong to. When a major disaster occurs, financial aid as well as basic necessities can become scarce very quickly. Jose Verdejo of Local 253 in the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters recognized this issue when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and he put to action one of the most valuable traits to a union carpenter, compassion. He traveled to Puerto Rico with suitcases of food, all on his own dime. He traveled all around the island to bring food and water to those hit hard by the horrifying effects of the hurricane.

The thoughtfulness of Jose has been a huge inspiration for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and has sparked a partnership with Heart 9/11 to send carpenters volunteers and financial aid to Puerto Rico. What makes the union such an important beacon in our communities is having all members, regardless of job title, stand up as leaders. The term “brotherhood” isn’t taken lightly and goes far beyond the simplicity of that term. A union carpenter helps his community, his brothers, his sisters, his fellow human beings.



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