Union carpenters and contractors bring backpacks and school supplies to students at Back-To-School drives

With the start of a new school year, the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters participated in community events throughout the city to provide students with school supplies and other resources. They partnered with local elected officials and community organizations on 19 events throughout the City. Union carpenters and contractors want to do their part to give back to children in their community and equip them with the tools needed for success in the classroom.

In the Bronx, union carpenters and contractors partnered with State Senator Jamaal Bailey, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assembly Member Karines Reyes, Assembly Member Kenny Burgos, Assembly Member Nathalia Fernandez, Council Member Kevin Riley, Council Member Eric Dinowitz, and even sponsored the Diamond in the Rough Youth Basketball initiative.

In Queens, they partnered with Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman, Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson, Assembly Member Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Council Speaker Adrienne Adamas, Council Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers, Council Member Francisco Moya, Council Member Nantasha Williams, and Catholic Charities.

They supported Brooklyn communities alongside State Senator Julia Salazar, State Senator Roxanne Persaud, State Senator Zellnor Myrie, Council Member Rita Joseph, and Council Member Althea Stevens.

Stand-out events included Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s Back to School fair held at his district office, where union carpenters and contractors worked to provide 150 backpacks and school kits and children received free haircuts, new sneakers, and families received fresh produce donated from INCA Relief New York Union carpenters and contractors also supported Council Member Moya’s annual back-to-school block party that brought family fun and resources to Queens communities.

“Union carpenters believe in setting strong foundations–both in New York City’s infrastructures and in our communities,” stated Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Geiger. “Building a better future for our city starts with supporting youth and their education. I’m so proud of our partnership with union contractors and the countless elected officials who dedicated their time to uplifting our neighbors during the back-to-school season.”

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