Over 200 Local 79 members volunteered on Sunday, May 21 to help clean up Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. After a hard day’s work, Local 79 had laid a new stone path through a swampy trail, laid woodchips for children’s play areas and picked up trashed throughout the park. Local 79 members are proud participants in their communities and look forward to volunteering again in the future. “To see such a large turnout of volunteers on the weekend is but one of many examples of our members’ dedication to helping out in the community” said Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska. “We thank [...]
This past week, the HEART 9/11 Ecuador Team (volunteers from Local 79 and the FDNY) partnered with the global architectural firm Perkins Eastman and Hogar de Cristo to build emergency houses in Salinas de San Vicente, the earthquake's epicenter. Forty homes were built in five days with all manual tools: hammers, nails, and post hole diggers. One critical component of HEART 9/11’s Rebuild program in Ecuador was to train volunteers in hard-hit communities in basic building skills. Working side by side with Local 79 and FDNY, community members learned about job safety and how to assemble emergency pre-fab houses. Community members expressed gratitude [...]
When: Sunday, May 15, 2016 Breakfast at 9:00 Cleanup begins at 10:00 Lunch will be served after the cleanup is finished Where: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Take the 7 subway line to the Willets Point/Shea Stadium station. Walk down the boardwalk and meet at the Passerelle Circle a the entrance to the park.
Local 79 will be working with a relief organization to send a number of members to Ecuador to assist with earthquake relief. The exact date is to be determined. If interested, contact Juan Mazlymian at 917-881-5767.
What: Join members of Local 79 to help clean up Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. When: Sunday, May 15: Breakfast at 9:00 am. Cleanup project begins at 10:00 am. Lunch served after the cleanup is finished. Where: Take the subway to the #7 Willets Point/Shea Stadium station. Walk down the boardwalk and meet at the Passerelle Circle at the entrance to the park. For more information and to register: Contact Juan Mazlymian at 917-881-5767 This event is co-sponsored by Local 79 and GNYLECET. Event flyers available at Local 79 and here.
January 18 was a bitter cold and windy day near the shore, but this did not deter Local 79 apprentices-in-training and staff members from Local 79 and LECET from carrying out a service project at Idlewild Park Preserve in Queens.The service project, organized by the New York City Parks Department, involved removing all manner of debris--tires, discarded rugs and furniture, building materials, and mountains of bottles, cans, and trash--from sensitive wetlands The volunteers also received a lesson about wetlands and their importance in maintaining coastal ecosystems and absorbing storm surges. "We always look forward to having our apprentices-in-training carry out service projects like this," said Mason Tenders' Training Fund [...]
When: Saturday, May 16, 9:00 am Where: Take the #7 subway to Willets Point/Shea Stadium station. Walk down the boardwalk and meet at the Passerelle Circle at the entrance to the park Park Clean Up Flyer 2015
On January 19, in recognition of Martin Luther King Day, Local 79 apprentices-in-training joined with staff members from Local 79, the Mason Tenders' Training Fund, and LECET to carry out a service project with students at the Frederick Douglas Academy in East New York. The service project, organized by Sports and Arts in the Schools, involved writing letters to service men and women overseas, creating artwork to assemble into a peace quilt, and other projects. "We look forward to having our apprentices-in-training carry out service projects like this, " said Mason Tenders' Training Fund Apprenticeship Coordinator Timmy Warrington. 'Members of Local 79 are involved [...]
On Thanksgiving Day, Local 79 members from 100 Black Construction Workers (100 BCW) and the Italian-American Committee and their family members came together to serve a Thanksgiving Dinner to the homeless at the Antioch Church of God in Christ in Harlem. It was homecoming of sorts for Local 79, as members of 100 BCW previously had volunteered their time to rehab parts of the church. "This was meaningful to everyone involved," said Local 79 Business Agent Barrie Smith. "Thanksgiving is above all a time for giving, and members of both of these committees took time to do just that,"
On Saturday, November 1, staff from Local 79 and Greater New York Laborers &-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (GNY LECET) and participants from Local 79's pre-apprenticeship Navigation Program volunteered their time to build benches at Padre Plaza Success Garden in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. The benches will be donated to local community organizations. Community Voices Heard, New York Communities for Change, St. Nicks Alliance, and Make the Road New York worked with Local 79 to identify people who would succeed in the Navigation Program, and people from each of these organizations were present at the volunteer project. "This was a great project on a number of different levels," said GNY [...]