Sylvania Area Family Services

Area trade unions complete unfinished project

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Back in 2008, an expansion project for Sylvania Area Family Services fell on some difficult times. Budget shortfalls brought work on the 5,000-square-foot expansion to a stop.

The country and Toledo area were in the grips of what would be known as the Great Recession, and the people seeking help from the agency that provides food, heat and rent assistance, along with community programs was growing.

Local families were struggling and many needed help, but the $750,000 project was far from complete.

And so a call was made to a few of the local trade unions that are part of Toledo Construction.

Not only did apprentices from the IBEW Local 8, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 50, Carpenters Local 351 and others step in to complete much of the project, the organizations also donated wiring, pipes, outlets and fixtures for the building on Marshall Road, north of Alexis Road near the post office.

The project was completed in September 2013.

In October 2013, the participating local unions received the Ray of Hope award recognizing their significant impact on the Sylvania area.

Follow these links to review some of the local media coverage:

Area trade unions step in to assist unfinished project

Community helps Sylvania Area Family Services expand