One aspect of the Lehigh Valley Construction and Building Trades that we are most proud of is our commitment to community service.
Since our members live locally, it is important to us to give back to the community. The individual local unions and the individual members are committed to make our communities a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Why do we care so much?
We care because we live here. We are your neighbor, the local softball coach and possibly even a member of your church.
Our children play on the same broken playground equipment as your children do, and instead of just complaining and asking our local government to fix it, our union brothers and sisters will do it ourselves, because we have the skills and resources to do so.
We are happy to provide our skill and resources to community projects because we are proud members of your community, and giving back is the union way to show our appreciation for the support and work that we receive from our communities.
In the last few years, we have donated more than $1 million in man hours and cash donations to various organizations, municipalities and charities in the Lehigh Valley. We are proud and glad to help and look forward to helping as much as we can in the future.
Last year in Allentown alone, we rebuilt the Franklin Street Playground by installing all new playground equipment and helping to hand out toys to needy children a few days before Christmas. Every year, our members help to set up Mayfair, the weeklong music and arts festival.
In Easton every holiday season, union members donate their time and resources to build the Peace Candle atop the Sailors and Soldiers Monument in Center Square. A refurbishing is underway to the candle by local labor with no cost to the taxpayers.
The Peace Candle lighting has become a community event that attracts thousands to Center Square to unofficially mark the beginning of the winter holiday season with attractions and activities throughout downtown Easton. The yearly ritual simply would not be possible without the help of local union labor.
In addition, we are helping to renovate the Open Bible Church Community Center in Easton.
We donate our money and time to organizations that ask for our help and to projects that our union members become aware of.
These organizations vary from large to small: from the America on Wheels Museum and Lehigh Valley Hospital to the Macungie Memorial Park Association and the East Side Youth Center in Allentown.
One program we are particularly proud of is Helmets to Hardhats, which helps military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them a quality career in the construction industry.
Helmets to Hardhats offers a federally approved apprenticeship training program at no cost to veterans, who can use their Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits to supplement their income, thereby offering the opportunity to earn while they learn a career that will pay a family sustaining wage.
Community service is an integral part of Lehigh Valley Building and Trades.
Most major companies in the Lehigh Valley partner with community organizations such as the United Way, but we take it a step further, building quality projects where there is a need because building quality projects is what we do best.
Union labor is much more than constructing the new building, fixing the local bridge or repaving the local parking lot. Union labor is lending a helping hand in your next community project, and we are happy and proud to lend that hand whenever possible.