New York, NY – With the start of a new school year, the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters participated in community events throughout New York City to provide students with school supplies and other resources. 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. 

“Union carpenters know that our craft is about more than just constructing buildings, we work to lay the foundation for strong communities and a better tomorrow for all,” Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Geiger said. “Building a brighter future for New York City starts with supporting our youth and their education. Thank you to all the union carpenters and contractors and elected officials who participated in back-to-school events across the city. Our union is proud to prioritize uplifting the communities where we live and work.”

“As we gear up for another school year, I want to extend a special thank you to union carpenters and contractors for their unwavering support during the back-to-school season,” Speaker Carl Heastie said. “I am excited to announce that over 500 bags and school supplies were given away in the Bronx. Together, we are empowering our youth and creating a positive impact that will be felt for years to come.”

 “Education levels the playing field and breaks down barriers, but to truly provide equal opportunities, we must ensure that all students have access to proper resources and supplies,” Council Member Shaun Abreu said. “Thank you to all the union carpenters and contractors who generously donated their time and resources to ensure New York City students have the supplies they need to thrive this school year.”

“As the Chair of the New York City Council’s Committee on Education, I understand how essential access to quality school supplies are for our students,” Council Member Rita Joseph said. “I am so grateful for all the work that union carpenters and contractors have done in Brooklyn and throughout NYC to ensure our students are well prepared on their first day. I am proud to say that one hundred students will have new backpacks and school supply kits this year because of our work together.”

“Communities flourish when their members come together to uplift one another and nothing is more important than uplifting youth, the future of our city,” Queens Borough President Donovan Richards said. “I am honored to share that with the help of union carpenters and contractors, we gave out one hundred sets of book bags and school supplies to youth in Queens. There is no better way to start off the school year than by being properly prepared.”

“In order for our students to succeed, we must make sure they have access to the proper resources,” Senator Jessica Ramos said. “With the help of union carpenters and contractors we were able to provide necessary school supplies to youth in Queens and youth around New York City. I look forward to continuing to partner with union carpenters and contractors in the future because when we work together, we can make a lasting impact on our community.”

Union carpenters and contractors partnered with Council Member Shaun Abreu, Speaker Carl Heastie, Council Member Rita Joseph, Queens Borough President Donavan Richards, Council Member Francisco Moya, and Senator Jessica Ramos along with many community organization partners.


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