B.C. SMITH, Kennewick
A lot of people asked why help Second Harvest the way we did. The reason is simple: Our members take pride in the communities they live in. Charitable donations and volunteer work in our communities is a value that unions have embraced in our country for decades. This commitment makes our communities better places to live for all citizens everywhere unions exist.
As vice president of the Central Washington Building Trades Unions organization, I would personally like to thank all the union members and Job Corps volunteers who supported this project.
The volunteers put in more than 9,000 hours of donated labor to the project between April and October. More than 200 of our members participated and now have completed the new 14,000-square-foot distribution center for Second Harvest.
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I would also like to thank our signatory contractors who donated their time, money and equipment to make this project a success, as well as area vendors who provided equipment, food and beverages for the project.