Helping Hammers: Building Better Communities
Union carpenters and contractors are at the very heart of the community. You see us working in communities across New England every day. But it’s when we make these neighborhoods a better place to live that the men and women of the New England Carpenters Union and Union Contractors really stand out from the crowd.
The Helping Hammers title encompasses all volunteer projects Union Carpenters are involved in. We have worked with various non-profit agencies and community organizations in an effort to provide donated labor to build a variety of projects. These projects have ranged from small, short-term efforts like building handicap ramps to long-term and larger commitments requiring the coordination of teams of carpenters over a period of months.
Whether it’s donating time, raising money, or simply helping a neighbor in need, we take great pride in making our communities stronger for everyone. Members, and the contractors they work for, are involved in a variety of community-based projects throughout New England.
Members should contact their Local Union for upcoming volunteer activities happening in their area. You can search for your Local’s page by typing your Local number into the Search function at the top of this page.
A Safe Home for Sydni
As carpenters worked on a volunteer project in South Boston, they added much more than square footage to the cramped space of a three-decker: more importantly, they gave a young girl room to grow and gain independence. They gave her family space to spend time in together. Sydni Pecevich was diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized malignant brain tumor when she was just two months old. She had nine months of chemotherapy and eighteen surgeries in her first two years of life. She is now eight years old, and although cancer-free, she was left with disabilities that require 24-hour supervision. As Sydni got older it became apparent that the tight quarters of her family’s home was not able to accommodate all of her needs. The Carpenters Union, along with other Building Trades volunteers, stepped up in a big way to help transform Sydni's home into a space for her and her siblings to grow.
United Way, Community Partner