Local 436 Builds Blessing Box

February 25, 2021

Throughout the challenges that our communities are currently facing and have faced over the past year, it has proven difficult to organize donation drop-offs, giveaways, etc., for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Throughout our Council, carpenters have found new and creative ways to lend a hand to their neighbors. Local 436 in West Virginia gained some media attention for their idea to assist their community.


Local 436 Office Manager, Beth Vandevender

Local 436 members came up with an idea that would allow anyone in the nearby communities to share non-perishables, supplies, and canned goods while also practicing social distancing. Members and Council Representatives built the “Blessing Box” that is currently stationed outside of their Local office at 609 Broadway, Bridgeport, WV.


“Anyone that is out of work or fallen on hard times, especially right now with this pandemic, we just want to let them know that there are people thinking about them and there is help if they need it,” said Beth Vandevender, office manager for Local 436.


This pandemic has put a strain on many families around the country, however, our carpenters will always be there. Thinking outside the box is what being a union carpenter is all about.


“What we are trying to do is get out in the community and let them know they need to come help themselves (to this food) day or night,” Council Representative Michael Jenkins said.


Full story reported by WV News.