Carpenters volunteer time and skills to renovate SLO school

Carpenters Union Gives Back

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Child Development Resource Center (CDRC) in San Luis Obispo is heading back to school with significant improvements to its classrooms and play yards as a result of volunteer efforts from the Carpenter's Union Local 1800.

More than two dozen volunteers from the union helped improve fences, maintain landscaping, and build new play areas for children who use the center. The school serves some of the county's most vulnerable kids age 2 to 5 years old.

"This is what us local guys love to do for the community", said union member Brent Jenkins.

"Kids are most important to us and we want to help them out," said fellow member Trydyn Meacham. "We're helping kids, and we're helping out a place that needs the help, and isn't getting the attention it deserves."

The facility was facing a tough future before SLO County District 5 Supervisor Debbie Arnold was able to put the resource center and the union together on the project. The union volunteers raised nearly $5,000 to make the grounds and classrooms better than ever.

"The local 1800 were looking for a project, a worthwhile project to do some good here in the community," Arnold said. "It was just perfect timing."

"We're here just to make it better for (the children)," said volunteer Tomas Hitchings. "If we can give them a nice safe playground to play in and look forward to going to school and maybe want to learn a little bit more than they did yesterday, I'm doing my job."

The union says this is just the beginning of a series of local projects they plan on getting involved with.

"The feeling you get in your heart after doing a project and putting your sweat and tears in to something, it can't be beat," Meachem said.

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