Construction workers from unions affiliated with the Cleveland Building Trade donated their time and raised funds to help build a pavilion in Ashtabula County that will be used for veteran’s counseling services.
The new pavilion in Clifford Kadon Presidential Park in the City of Ashtabula is now the anchor of the already active park. In addition to providing a tranquil setting for veteran counseling services, the new pavilion will be used in different capacities by a number of community organizations.
According to Laborer’s Local 245 Business Manager Nicole D. Deligianis, the project began with the My Neighborhood Group and Ashtabula County Community Action Agency, who then got the trades involved. Deligianis heard the project was stalled due to lack of funding and knew this was an opportunity where the trades needed to step up and help the community. This project, she said, was a way to remind people that building trades members care about Ashtabula County because they live in the county.
Deligianis reached out to Dan Musacchio, Mentor Crew Leader for the Cleveland Building Trades and Field Representative for Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 16, and Jeremy Kuhar, from United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 435. Both agreed to help.
“It was our turn to pick up the puzzle piece and introduce any one not familiar with us how skilled and efficient we are,” said Deligianis.
Site preparation on the project began on June 14 and members of the building trades began construction on the pavilion on June 16. Throughout the next two months, volunteers come to the park after a full day or full week on their own jobsite or on their weekends off, instead of spending time with family, resting or working at their own projects. By mid-September, volunteers wrapped up all work on the pavilion
Deligianis was proud of the support her fellow brothers and sisters gave her in completing this project.
“The support, both financial and labor, from the Lake/Ashtabula Crew of the Cleveland Building Trades and our members impressed local officials in all aspects of government, she said. “The pride that I have to be a part of this solidarity is immeasurable.”
On Sept. 30, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open the pavilion. Ashtabula County Commissioners were on hand and gave proclamations to the trades for their volunteer work and spoke about how impressed they were with the efficiency and quality of work performed by the volunteers.
Laborers’ Local 245, Laborers’ Local 245 Laborers’ Retiree Council, the Mentor Crew of the Cleveland Building Trades, Carpenters Local 435, Tile Layers Local 36, Lake Geauga Ashtabula LMCC, North Coast Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO, the Ashtabula County Labor Council and teamed up to raise funds and donated labor for this project.