Union carpenters and contractors joined Assembly Member Catalina Cruz at the Corona Community Ambulance station for a back-to-school event in partnership with Metro Plus and NYPD.

With the start of a new school year, the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters participated in community events throughout Queens to provide students with school supplies and other resources. They partnered with local elected officials and community organizations on six events throughout Queens and 21 events throughout New York City. 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.

In Queens, union carpenters and contractors partnered with Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., Assembly Member Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Senator Jessica Ramos, Assembly Member Catalina Cruz, and Council Member Francisco Moya along with Hunts Point Produce Market, the Street Vendor Project, Team Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Hispanic Federation, Metro Plus, New York Police Department, and other community organizations. A few stand-out events include AM Jessica González Rojas and Senator Jessica Ramos back-to-school event in Jackson Heights and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.’s Resource Fair held in Corona Plaza.

“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 Queens 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.”

Union carpenters and contractors distributed 100 sets of book bags and school supplies at Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.’s Resource Fair in Corona Plaza.

“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 Jr. 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.”

There was a great turnout at Assembly Member Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas and State Senator Jessica Ramos’s back-to-school event in Jackson Heights where 500 book bags were distributed to Queens youth.

“As we strive for progress and prosperity, education remains our most powerful tool,” Council Member Francisco Moya said. “Union carpenters and contractors have recognized this truth and translated it into action through their impactful back-to-school drives. I am proud to join the union’s efforts because by supporting our students, we are directly contributing to the well-being of our community and shaping a brighter tomorrow.”

“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.”