The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT DC6) will perform interior and exterior painting, drywalling, power washing, and various other repairs for three non-profit addiction treatment centers; The Absolute House in Cleveland Ohio, Addiction Services Council in Cincinnati, and Metropolitan Community Services – T.O.U.C.H in Columbus, on Saturday, April 21st. In total, approximately $60,000 in Labor and Materials will be donated on Community Action Day by over 125 IUPAT members across the state. The support is part of a district-wide initiative to focus union resources towards supporting organizations on the front lines of battling the opioid epidemic and addiction in Ohio and Kentucky.
“It’s no secret that Ohio and Kentucky have been hit hard by the opioid crisis,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager Secretary/Treasurer for IUPAT DC6. “By donating our time, talent, and materials to these projects Union Members are standing with the treatment centers and the men and women trying to overcome addiction and resume their lives, just like we have always stood with the hardworking men and women in our community.”
Giving back isn’t new for IUPAT, in 2017 they also coordinated $75,000 in Labor and Materials to non-profit addiction treatment organizations on their Day of Community Action, and help many other non-profits with painting and repairs throughout the year.
Cleveland area IUPAT Members will continue the work they started last year, rehabbing suites and making building improvements at The Absolute House, whose mission is providing the education, housing, and employment resources that empower men struggling with alcohol and drug abuse to maintain sobriety. They are supported by many local leaders including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Ohio Governor and Lieutenant Governor Candidates Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton, and Senator Sherrod Brown.
In Cincinnati, IPAT DC6 Members will be working at Addiction Services Council, whose vision is to build a community that is both free of abuse as well as the disease of addiction. IUPAT DC6 Team members will be prepping, patching, and painting interior walls in the common areas including the waiting room, reception area and surrounding corridor. They are supported by Hamilton County Commissioners Todd Portune and Denise Driehaus, along with Hamilton County Clerk of Court and Congressional Candidate Aftab Pureval, and First District Court of Appeals Judge Marylin Zayes-Davis.
In Columbus, IUPAT members will be at Metropolitan Community Services T.O.U.C.H headquarters, power washing and painting the exterior of their administration building. T.O.U.C.H stands for “Teaching Opportunity Unity by Connecting Hearts.” The organization serves at-risk and vulnerable populations in Franklin County, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency, positive relationships, and economic success. They will be supported by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and other members of City Council at the job site.
“We’re used to working side by side with political leaders to drive positive change for our members and are happy they are joining us on our day of action in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus” said Sherwood. “Together, we can make a real impact in the lives of people battling addiction as well as the organizations that are working to support them.”
The IUPAT Community Action Day begins at 7:AM on Saturday, April 21st 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 http://iupat-dc6.org/news/ .Union members who wish to participate should contact their Business Manager for more information.
IUPAT-DC6 is excited to announce the 2018 Community Day of Action will take place on Saturday, April 21st in various locations throughout District Council 6. This event brings thousands of IUPAT members together with open hands and hearts to give back and build strong communities.
STRONGSVILLE will be working faithfully with the Absolute House on Harvard Avenue in Cleveland to give the 3rd floor of their facility a fresh coat of paint! The Absolute house gives those recovering from addiction a safe place to live and receive treatment to get back into the workforce and become productive citizens. To participate in the Strongsville Day of Action contact Joe Jeffers @ 440-341-2792
CINCINNATI has chosen to assist the Addiction Services Council on Vernon Manor Place in Cincinnati. Their vision is to help build a community both free of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and advocate for the reduction of the stigma associated with alcoholism and other drug addiction by way of prevention, assessment, referral, treatment, education and advocacy services in the manner reflective of changing culture within their community. To participate in the Cincinnati Day of Action contact Lee Denney @ 513-325-7351
COLUMBUS is working closely with the Metropolitan Community Services T.O.U.C.H. Their mission is to “reach out and touch” the lives of individuals and families, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency, positive relationships, and economic success. The volunteers in Columbus will be powerwashing and painting the exterior of their administration building. To participate in the Columbus Day of Action contact Chris Naegele @ 614-620-6986
We need as many Union brothers and sisters to volunteer for our Day of Action, please consider volunteering by contacting the participating agent for that area. IUPAT-DC6 is more than building buildings, we build lives within our communities!