Please join us on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the IBEW Hall in West Frankfort at 10:00 AM for a check presentation to the United Methodist Children’s Home from Ed Smith, CEO of ULLICO, for $25,000. This grant will be used for providing materials for the Healthy Homes for Healing Hearts campaign.
The Egyptian Building and Construction Trades Council requested this grant to assist their members in performing the much-needed repairs on the campus homes. Several unions are joining hands on this project to provide skilled labor, including plumbers, laborers, painters, and electricians.
Glenn Poshard and the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children assisted in bringing together the Building and Construction Trades Council and United Methodist Children’s Home to address this need.
“The building and construction unions have played a major role in supporting abused, neglected, and abandoned children in southern Illinois. They have been there on several major projects over the years, including the Cairo Women’s Shelter, the Night’s Shield in West Frankfort, and many others. They have given hundreds of thousands of dollars in free labor to make these children’s lives safer. Along with our partner, John A. Logan College, we have witnessed their generosity and love for these children many times,” said Poshard.
“And now with ULLICO as a new partner, the goal is to complete these renovations by Christmas as a Christmas gift to the children,” he said.
Earlier this year, the Poshard Foundation also donated 35 new mattresses to UMCH, so that every youth will have a new bed to sleep on when the renovations are complete.
John Shadowens, UMCH President/CEO, said, “ We are humbled and grateful for ULLICO’s financial gift as well as the labor and materials which will in turn, give our kids a space in which they can feel safe, comfortable and proud to live in. Having the support of the Poshard Foundation and organized labor has been a blessing that is crucial to helping us fulfill our mission at UMCH of giving hope, help and healing to those in our care.”