PATERSON, NJ- A little over a year ago the Father English Community Center’s food pantry and clothing closet was totally destroyed by fire. A “total loss” is how a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese described it at the time.
Going into Thanksgiving 2018 on Thursday, the rehabilitated and continually re-stocked pantry now has more than 1,000 pounds of additional food to distribute to area residents and families in need this holiday season.
The donation came from members of Hudson Unit 1 of IBEW Local 827, the closest affiliate of the union that represents more than 5,000 New Jersey men and women tasked with installing and maintaining telephone and internet infrastructure statewide.
The effort, Stewards Pat Glover, Andy Newman, Tom Kelly said jointly, reflects the commitment of their members to help others. “This is what unions and community are all about.”
Earlier this month Mayor Andre Sayegh appointed retired IBEW member Bennie Cook as Deputy Mayor of Labor and Workforce Development and announced efforts to link the city with a number of building trades unions to create help local residents gain admittance to apprenticeship programs and develop the skills necessary to build careers.
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