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Local 357 Builds Home for Paducah Neighbor

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  • 14 January 2019

Volunteers Form Carpenters Local 357 are leading the way in volunteering to help build a Habitat for Humanity home for Paducah resident Tineka Bard Zarlunga. 

Retired member Bobby Miller is serving as construction superintendent over the project and is tasked with coordination of daily work on the house, as well as using it as a teaching opportunity to show local trade school students how a house is planned and built from beginning to completion.

Several members of Local 357 have volunteered to see this project progress and will continue to volunteer their skills and time to ensure that it is completed. 

Special thanks to members Brad Downs, Tom Blevins, Chad Helm, Jacob Barrett, Bobby Miller, Todd Miller, Matt Hall, Ricky Freeman, Richard Blevins, Ronnie Cavanagh, and Jacob Rambeau for their help in building their communities.


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Carpenters Bring Smiles to Louisville Ronald McDonald House

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  • 14 January 2019

Brenna & Jacob - they're just two of the reasons Louisville carpenters volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Louisville last week. Carpenters helped patients and families take a much-needed break from the hospital to build keepsake toolboxes. It's a simple thing that makes a big difference to families.

The Louisville event is one of many "Carpenters Caring for Kids" events at area Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio Ronald McDonald Houses. It's just one of the ways our carpenters, millwrights and floorcoverers are building their communities. 

With the help of volunteers, kids at the Ronald McDonald house put together and colored toolboxes where they can store toys, trinkets, and hope - a crucial tool in battling whatever ails them. For many of these families, events like this are some of the only cheerful moments they get to share with each other.

The Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters is proud to partner with the Ronald McDonald House to build toolboxes and memories. 

Pinewood Derby Cut-Outs

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  • 08 January 2019

IKORCC has a rich history and practice of community involvement, especially with the Boy Scouts of America. Both the Rossford and Richfield training centers took to the shop to guide local troops in their builds of Pinewood Derby cars. Volunteers helped Scouts by making a cut on their blocks of wood that will ultimately be a race car for their Pinewood Derby. Our members used their expertise in carpentry along with Boy Scout volunteers who assisted the young scouts in completing this task.

The Pinewood Derby is an annual wooden car racing competition conducted by the Boy Scouts of America and takes to the National stage. This tradition has celebrated over 65 years of success with very detailed specifications for participation. The first derby was held at Manhattan Beach, California in 1953, a competition developed by the local Scout Master.

Every year since, Boy Scouts all across America spend hours learning about the competition’s history, designing their pinewood derby cars, testing those cars and racing down a ramp of 42 feet. The competition is about more than just the speed of a particular car. There are several categories in which the boys can gain recognition like: most realistic and most futuristic. The accomplishment of designing a car and seeing it come to fruition is a triumph in its own.

“I feel that Scouting introduces important elements of life in a simple fashion that appeals to the mind of a young person.  And it is nostalgic for us as carpenters when we get to share this experience with the scouts and their families. It goes far beyond volunteerism, but giving back to the community is ultimately a part of what we do.  So this annual event is becoming quite the favorite among our volunteers.   There is nothing like seeing the smiles and hearing the ambitions of the scouts. It was truly rewarding!” – Kevin Fuller, IKORCC Business Representative

Click here to learn more about the Pinewood Derby or to plan a derby event.


Kids Caring for the Community Partnership

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  • 21 December 2018

Because of their great work in the community, three elementary schools received extra funding through an award from the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters. Seven years ago the IKORCC began partnering with local elementary schools to promote community involvement and giving back to their hometowns.

The partnership with the Carpenters Union incentivizes elementary students to be involved in their communities by offering an award of $500 dollars to one school in each of the participating counties. Each quarter the schools enter into a drawing based on their project in hopes to win the award and recognition of their community project! The Kids Caring for the Community Initiative has grown to be a highlight at many elementary schools within Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties.

This week Carpenters Union Representatives, along with Sara Gutierrez, Principal of George Earle Elementary, presented this quarter’s awards. The winning schools include Westville Elementary, Homer Iddings Elementary and Porter Lakes Elementary School.

Homer Iddings Elementary School dedicated their community project to collect resources for their local Humane Society. The students brought in paper towels to donate to the center. Principal Teri Crussen says, “The Kids caring for the Community initiative brings the students at Iddings Elementary School great pride. The students love to bring a smile to someone else through the various community projects. We often get thank you cards from the organizations who have been helped through the projects and we share those with the students and families. Showing kindness to others is always a good thing and the students love having the opportunities to offer assistance and support the community organizations”.

Westville Elementary School is no rookie to community involvement. The school has been recognized in the past for their impact in the community and because of that, raised enough money to build a STEM classroom at their school. The STEM classroom gives students the opportunity to practice creativity, problem solving and life skills. The school received the $500 award this quarter because of an afterschool program called Girls on the Run. The students participated, raised money and made a meaningful contribution back to their community.

Cub Scouts Work Toward Merit Badge

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  • 20 December 2018

In a continuing effort to foster relationships with the community, our Ashland Hub invited Cub Scout Pack 163 to build hefty toolboxes on December 18. Skill building in the trades can start at any age. Both the IKORCC and Boy Scouts of America stand by this creed.

The night started with a brief video and, of course, pizza. Scouts were encouraged to ask questions about what carpenters and millwrights do, and they did not hold back. You never know what questions you will get from kids when the floor is open. Our guys were almost stumped on a couple of queries. The scouts were as entertaining as they were entertained.

The Pack shuffled over to the training center where building stations were set.  Apprentices from the Ashland training facility cut out pieces and assembled toolbox kits ready for the kids to build. With instruction, the kids picked up hammers, nails and pounded their way to victoriously building a toolbox.

Each scout successfully completed their build and walked away with a toolbox, credits toward a woodworking merit badge and pride knowing they built something to use.

Interested in becoming a Scout? Click here to learn more about the Boy Scouts of America. 


Locals 285 and 735 Build at Inspiration Hills

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  • 12 December 2018

Over the course of 2018, union carpenters from Ohio Locals 285 and 735 donated their time to build an obstacle course at Inspiration Hills Camp in Burbank, Ohio. Inspiration Hills is a camp designed to offer underprivileged kids a camping experience they would not have, otherwise.

Tim Boggs and Abe Bruner of the IKORCC spearheaded this project with the camp. They contacted the camp, drew plans and gathered volunteers to build the obstacle course. This course is just one more thing at Inspiration Hills that will do just that for these kids, inspire.

On behalf of the camp, Dale Allen accepted a carpenter made plaque to mount at the obstacle course. Each time these kids step up to accept the course’s challenge, they will know that the carpenters’ union is there supporting them and helping to build their future.


Carpenters Help Open New Veteran's Museum

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  • 12 December 2018

Thanks to local carpenters, the doors are now open at the new Veteran's Museum at the Tri-Town Safety Village in Schererville, Indiana. 

The museum houses a wide array of war artifacts and pays tribute to veterans. The museum will be a learning center where visitors can learn about the many sacrifices made by veterans. Additionally, the museum will provide each visitor with an in-depth look at how soldiers lived during wartime. The objective is to promote patriotism, unity, and to leave each visitor with a lasting appreciation towards veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made.

This would not be possible without the help of the IKORCC and the local Training Center. As part of their classes, apprentices framed and helped side the building. Many journeymen and retiree volunteers also lent a hand.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart has agreed to house their removable memorial wall inside the Veteran’s Museum for all visitors to see. The Military Order of the Purple Heart wall contains the names and pictures of everyone who has received the Purple Heart Medal. The memorial pays tribute to all military personnel who have received the Purple Heart Medal. 

The Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters has a history of helping the Safety Village and has taken part in building more than four structures. The next opening will be a Fire Museum.

Pictured are Representative Jim Slagle, Curator and main donator of artifacts Tom Clark, Doctor of the Safety Village Bill Jarvis and Member volunteer John Mosca.

Not pictured but who gave countless hours are retirees Tom Dorsey and Swede Carlson. Thanks to all our members who helped make the possible.


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Relationship Forming with OhioMeansJobs

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  • 11 December 2018

OhioMeansJobs hosted a seminar of over 20 counties for their workforce staff during a season where work opportunities seem scarce. Fortunately, for OhioMeansJobs, IKORCC’s Lee Daher was at the ready to provide answers to the organization. 

Lee has spent the last 20 years in the Brotherhood, five of which as a Business Agent. During the presentation, his personal anecdotes about time in the apprenticeship program appealed to the audience and he explained that a couple of injuries set him back graduating on time. He was never discouraged, though, and the apprenticeship program was flexible to ensure he graduated. Lee assured the group that all safety measures are in place but carpentry is definitely a “full-contact sport” and training is taken very seriously. He shared that the persistence and drive of the individual student will carry that apprentice through the program and career with much more ease. He continued to explain that each training center is standardized across the country due to instructor training that takes place and the International Training Center in Las Vegas.

Information provided to area organizations like this is crucial in educating people on who we are. This presentation is one-step forward to forming a symbiotic relationship with OhioMeansJobs. The organization, along with IKORCC, share mutual goals of strengthening Ohio’s workforce and the state at large. 

Click here to learn more about OhioMeansJobs.



Co-authored by Giana Parsons


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Ashland Members Lend a Hand

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  • 28 November 2018

Last week, Ashland members were busy giving back their time and talent to the community. Members built a set of stairs and a handicap ramp for the Ashland Alliance Annual Reception. 

The money for the project was donated by Carpenters locals 437, 472, and Millwright locals 1076 and 1090.


A special recognition goes out to Apprenticeship Instructor, Clinton Young and all the Journeyman and Apprentice volunteers who worked on this project. Thank you to Local 472 for allowing volunteers to use your facilities.

Members who worked on this project are from locals 437, 472,1076, 1090 and 1650.

Harmonious Collaboration Across Trades for Harmony House

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  • 26 November 2018

During this season of giving, it is important to remember that we are all working together. Ever dedicated to philanthropy, our members find any way they can to give back to their communities, with their community. That is why Tim Boggs and Jon Parman of IKORCC teamed up with other trades in the area to help Harmony House, a homeless shelter in Mansfield, Ohio. Together they gathered donations to purchase a new clothes washer.

But it doesn’t stop there. Our members take great care to help wherever they can. We are not a drop and run kind of entity. Tim Boggs hung around Harmony House asking if there were any tasks he could help with and was able to fix Harmony’s freezer. Small acts like this make huge impacts for organizations like Harmony House.  

Harmony House is the only emergency homeless shelter in Richland County. The next closest one is almost an hour away. Two facilities serve nearly 60 people, and they are at capacity, always are. The facilities have women’s, men’s and single fathers’ spaces so that each person has room and security. Each guest at Harmony House operates as a family and has responsibilities like assigned chores and cooking meals. Upon coming to the house, each person is set up with a case manager who helps obtain stable housing, job opportunities and any other resources needed for the guest to succeed beyond the House. Harmony House even finds resources for people to pay security deposits and first month’s rent.

When we all work together and break down barriers, we help create miracles for the people around us. Think about the miracles you can create this season by reaching out to someone in need.

To learn more about Harmony House and its great work, visit their Facebook page.