Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council seeks to inspire kids
“Dream It, Achieve It” toy drive seeks to spark the imagination of area youth
MILWAUKEE – This holiday season the Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council (MBCTC) has added a special element to their year-round programming to interest young people in construction careers.
“We do many job fairs and presentations at area high schools each year, and we thought it would be fun to create something memorable for younger children,” said Dan Bukiewicz, president of MBCTC.
Local building trades unions and their members have been collecting construction related toys for the past month.
“We all remember that firefighter hat or football helmet we got one special Christmas, why not a hardhat?” continue Bukiewicz. “The fact of the matter is the construction industry creates a lot of good family-sustaining jobs, and we want interested students to consider a career in the trades as seriously as they consider college or the military.”
The toys will be donated to to Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club in Sherman Park, and will be distributed as part of their grand reopening celebration. In addition, members of local building trades unions will make a presentation about construction careers to interested children at a future Club event.
WHO: Members of the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
WHEN: Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 9:00am
WHERE: Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, 5941 West Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Originally chartered in 1910, the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO (MBCTC) coordinates activities, functions and interests of its 18 affiliated unions. They also work tirelessly on ways to partner with their affiliates, work with contractors to minimize safety risks on jobsites, and work with community organizations on recruitment efforts. Currently, the MBCTC represents just over 10,000 union trades people in the construction industry.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM), one of the largest and longest youth serving agencies in Milwaukee, offers structured after-school and summer programming to more than 43,000 children and teens each year. Within the safety of 44 locations, youth have access to free meals, academic support, role models and opportunities to build character and explore new interests. Through programs like SPARK Early Literacy Initiative and World of Work, the Clubs provide a structured pathway for members to thrive in all stages of their education and gain valuable job experience that will help them develop successful careers as adults.
More than 86 percent of the organization’s annual budget goes toward youth programming. Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized charity evaluator, has given BGCGM its highest rating of four stars. For more information, please visit www.boysgirlsclubs.org.