Painters offer skills to non-profits throughout N.Y. for Community Day of Action
Originally published in NY Daily News | By Ginger Adam Otis | April 22, 2017
Hundreds of city painters lent their time and skills Saturday to six non-profit organizations as part of a Community Day of Action.
From the boroughs to Albany, District Council 9 Painters — a crew of bridge painters, commercial painters and drywall tapers — and Allied Trades members worked to refinish facilities owned or operated by nonprofits at no charge. The cumulative value of work hours donated by District Council 9 members today totaled over $80,000, the union said.
The nonprofits getting a free facelift include a Queens senior center, an organization dedicated to helping needy children, a Westchester school, Boy Scouts of America and several groups dedicated to preserving historical parts of the city.
“This 2nd Annual Community Day of Action is an opportunity for DC 9 to give back to the communities our members live and work in every day,” said District Council 9 Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer Joseph Azzopardi. “We’re proud to be a partner and lend our skills to help out where we can.”
At the IPRHE Corona Senior Center, the work was already adding cheer to the atmosphere.
“We want to thank the members District Council 9 for their generous donation of time and skills,” said Miriam Rolon, a spokesperson for the senior center. “The work they are executing today will have an impact on our center for years to come and will improve the lives of our seniors.”