Community Outreach

23Mar 2018

IUPAT DC6 showcased their skilled trades recruitment campaign by hosting their “First Ever Open House and Job Fair” on Friday March 23, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM at their facility in Strongsville Ohio. The event featured live demonstrations by apprentices and contractors working in the construction finishing trades including the opportunity to experience simulated airless spray painting techniques and welding applications. DC6 Instructors, Business Agents, contractors and registered apprentices also answered students’ questions on how to apply and succeed as a DC6 apprentice and union member.

DC6 offers young men and women “earn and learn” opportunities that lead to family sustaining careers in drywall finishing, glazing, glass working, commercial painting, bridge painting, sign & display and wall covering industries.  The attendees also learned about a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) that offers college credits and certifications for participating in Union apprenticeship programs.

Vocational students from Max Hayes, R.G. Drage, and Cuyahoga Valley Career Center and other area high schools participated in the event along with many political leaders including Representative Nickie Antonio, Michelle Sheehan candidate for Court of Appeals, Minority Leader of The Senate Kenny Yuko, Strongsville Economic Development Director Brent Painter, Strongsville Mayor Tom Perciak, and Judge Brendan Sheehan. Long-time Union Supporter and friend of DC6 Betty Sutton was also on hand, Ms. Sutton is Richard Cordray’s running mate for Governor of Ohio.

“We’re happy to announce that this is going to be an annual event,” declared IUPAT DC6 Business Manager/Secretary Jim Sherwood. “It was exciting to see the energy and enthusiasm of the students and potential union members who participated in our open house, it was even more exciting to collect several new apprenticeship applications on the spot!”

For more information on IUPAT DC6 Apprenticeship programs, visit

10Mar 2018

The IUPAT DC6 Young Lions Glaziers pulled together to give back to one of their own! Thank you to everyone who came out to Rookies Sports Bar & Grille to make our fundraiser for Kelly Decrane an overwhelming success! Together, we were able to inspire a fellow sister to FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, and pull together for a great cause.

19Feb 2018

“Glaziers Go Pink”

The DC-6 Young Lions are hosting a fundraiser, March 3rd @ Rookies Sports Bar on West 130th 6-9pm- on behalf of Kelly DeCrane! Tickets to this event are $25 each- which includes all food and well drinks. There will be a door prize, side boards and Chinese raffle! There are only 42 tickets left- get them while they last. Join us for a good time and support a great cause!!

Contact Nichole McCarthy 440-239-4575 to purchase tickets

20Jan 2018
Woman's March 2018

IUPAT member Nichole McCarthy along with women from Cleveland Building Trades joined thousands of other women at Women’s March Northeast Ohio on Saturday, January 20th.  The event featured speeches by activists and politicians, including Democrat Betty Sutton, who is gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray’s running mate. The rally was followed by a march from Public Square to Cleveland City Hall and back.

Thousands of people rallied at Cleveland Public Square Saturday to promote women’s rights and a host of political and social causes.

13Oct 2017
  • Conference Attendees
  • Finishing Trades of the Ohio Region Member at the Fostering Pathways to Success conference

October 12, 2017 – Columbus, Ohio – Members of the IUPAT DC6 Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region (FTIOR) took part in the 6th Annual Fostering Pathways to Success conference in Xenos, hosted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). The event was attended by over 400 foster youth ages 14 to 24, adult caregivers and professionals. The purpose of the conference is to connect former foster youth to financial aid, housing, mentoring, and apprenticeship opportunities as they embark on their life journey.

John Husted, Ohio Secretary of State was the morning Keynote speaker. Adopted as a child, he has been a longstanding advocate for adoption and helping to pair children with healthy and loving families.

The Lunch Keynote Speaker MelissaRoshan Potter (“MelRo”), an uncommon talent who has modeled internationally for more than 15 years. She has appeared on magazine covers, billboards, print ads, national commercials, and runways, but what this respected model is most proud of is being a survivor who aged out of foster care, became a teen parent, and lived with her son in a teen-parenting homeless shelter for two years.

Attendees had the opportunity to attend a workshop entitled “ApprenticeOhio: A Path to a Great Career with No College Debt hosted by Becky DeMatteis and Matthew Longfellow. They learned that Apprenticeships can provide a smooth pathway to a good-paying, in-demand career, with no student loan debt.

IUPAT DC6 FTIOR representatives were on hand to answer questions, hand out T-Shirts, and share their own career paths with IUPAT. The conference offered many valuable resources to both young people and adult supporters alike.

19Aug 2017

District Council 6 hosted their 12th annual PATCH Golf Outing at Coppertop Golf Course on Thursday, August 3rd. A large crowd turned out and enjoyed the four person scramble format which also featured several special events including longest drive, closest to the pin, skins game, and a poker game. Raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle, combined with a delicious steak dinner and good times with friends made the event an overwhelming success. The event raised $24,000 for PATCH charities.

Founded in 2001, the members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades created the PATCH Foundation to support organizations that provide educational and medical services to our youth, as well as support local sports programs. This is the 12th year that DC6 has hosted a golf outing for PATCH. Patch Foundation support in 2017 has included the New Castle, PA WMCA, The Littlest Heroes, and the Golden String, Inc.

Helping DC6 reach their PATCH fundraising goal, the DC6 Young Lions raised $5,336, and proceeds from the “Sign Movie” from Sign and Display local 639 raised another $2,056 towards the goal. DC6 would also like to acknowledge Linda Myers for our outstanding work on the raffle baskets, and Bob Barker and Cindy Craft for the vinyl work on the plaques made by our own apprentices under the supervision of George Boots.

“Every penny that is raised goes to children’s charities throughout the council,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager Secretary/Treasurer for DC6. To learn more about the Painters & Allied Trades for Children’s Hope PATCH, visit 

18Jun 2017
  • Clay Shoot IUPAT Sportsman Alliance
  • Clay Shoot IUPAT
  • IUPAT Veterans Challenge Coin

June 17th –  The IUPAT Union Sportsman Alliance held a Clay Shoot at Elkhorn Lake Hunt Club in Bucyrus, Ohio Proceeds from the event raised money for conservation efforts.

Over 30 Union Brothers and Sisters included many retired members enjoyed a day of shooting rounds on the sporting clay course. IUPAT Dan Penski and General Vice President Harry Zell presented Ed O’Neil with the Veterans Challenge Coin for his service to our country during four tours in Vietnam.

04May 2017

STRONGSVILLE, OH: IUPAT DC6 Business Manager Jim Sherwood presented retired IUPAT Glazier Howard Briggs a $2,500 donation from PATCH to benefit The Littlest Heroes, a nonprofit organization that seeks to positively impact the lives of children with cancer and their families, regardless of income level or zip code.

Patch donates $2,500 to The Littlest Heroes Childhood Cancer nonprofit

IUPAT Business Manager Jim Sherwood presents retired Glazier Howard Briggs with a $2,500 PATCH donation to support The Littlest Heroes organization.

“We’re a charity that supports Families that have kids with cancer,” declared Briggs who has been volunteering with The Littlest Heroes for 10 years.  “We buy parking places at the Clinic, at University Hospitals. We provide food cards, gas cards, we pay bills, we do whatever it takes short of paying the actual medical expenses.” Briggs, who is a top fundraiser for the organization, volunteers as a way to pay it forward for his wife’s recovery from cancer. “It all goes 100% back to the charity.”

The PATCH Foundation receives support from local IUPAT members, who collect donations to support a hometown charity or organization. Donations are used to address literacy, education, childhood illnesses, emotional well-being, poverty, and homelessness.

Any classic car fans in the house? IUPAT Members have another opportunity to support The Littlest Heroes on June 3rd, by participating in a charity car show the organization has planned from 9: AM until 3: PM. All cars are welcome, and the event also includes a 50/50 raffle, Chinese raffles, door prizes, plaques, and trophies. For more information on the Littles Heroes Car Show, click HERE.

23Apr 2017

IUPAT Team Members from Columbus Ohio were featured on a 10TV WBNS news story showcasing their contributions on the IUPAT DC-6 Day of Community Action.IUPAT members worked to rehab a donated house that will be the first brick and mortar facility for The Freeman House, a nonprofit that provides a sanctuary for recovery through a continuum of care, building trusting relationships that last, while living a clean and sober lifestyle. Once completed, the Freeman House will be home to 6 – 8 women who will receive supportive services necessary so they don’t have to return to their old lifestyle to survive.

18Apr 2017

$75,000 in Labor and Materials Donated

April 18, 2017; Strongsville Ohio:  The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT) is partnering with the AFL-CIO, United Way of Central Ohio, Bank of Labor, and Franklin County contractor Kendrick Mollenauer Painting to rehab three cutting edge nonprofit addiction treatment services; The Absolute House in Cleveland Ohio, The Freeman House in Columbus Ohio, and Brighton Recovery Center for Women in Florence Kentucky. In total, approximately $75,000 in Labor and Materials will be donated by over 40 IUPAT members on Saturday April 22nd, the IUPAT Day of Community Action.  The support is part of a district-wide initiative to focus union resources towards fighting the opioid epidemic.

“IUPAT DC6 is committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager Secretary/Treasurer for IUPAT DC6. “Both Ohio and Kentucky have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, we wanted to focus our resources to help treatment services that are on the front lines of the war against addiction.”

Giving back to the community isn’t new for IUPAT DC6, in 2016 they also coordinated $75,000 in Labor and Materials to 3 local nonprofit organizations on their Day of Community Action.

Cleveland area IUPAT Members will be rehabbing 19 – 25 suites with drywall and paint to convert a former convent into a sober living facility for The Absolute House, whose mission is providing the education, housing, and employment resources that empower men struggling with alcohol and drug abuse to conquer addiction and maintain sobriety.

In Columbus, IUPAT members will be helping sex trafficking victims regain their lives by rehabbing a donated house that will be the first brick and mortar facility for The Freeman House, a nonprofit that provides a sanctuary for recovery through a continuum of care, building trusting relationships that last, while living a clean and sober lifestyle. Once completed, the Freeman House will be home to 6 – 8 women who will receive supportive services necessary so they don’t have to return to their old lifestyle to survive.

The Brighton Recovery Center’s sober living house in Florence Kentucky will receive a significant facelift, thanks to local IUPAT members who will be painting and patching all the common living areas in the building, along with the bathrooms. Brighton is a 100-bed facility located in Boone County that utilizes recovery dynamics curriculum and a peer-driven model of recovery that helps women recover from chronic substance abuse and addiction, and move toward a life of sobriety and productivity.

The IUPAT Community Action Day begins at 7:AM on Saturday, April 22nd and is concluded whenever the projects are done. Local IUPAT members volunteer their time towards the projects, which are always focused on IUPAT’s home communities. For more information on the IUPAT Day of Community Action, visit .