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Celebrating the ribbon cutting of Molly's Kitchen

Molly's Kitchen Project at Rock Island High School

The Tri-City Building Trades Council, Carpenters Local #4, IBEW Local #145, Painters Local #502, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 25, Sheet Metal Workers Local #91, Crawford Heating & Cooling and Art-O-Lite Electric were all recognized for their contributions of skilled labor, time, and materials to make Molly Thompson's dream of building a brand new living space and kitchen for the Special Education department at Rock Island High School. The trades and companies involved all agreed to provide both the labor and materials for the project at no cost in hopes of leaving Molly with additional funds to expand upon her charitable endeavors.

Molly Thompson was diagnosed with a brain cyst three years ago and transferred to Rock Island High School to get the extra attention she needed in their Special Education program. Molly is now a senior who is about to graduate high school a semester early.

Because Molly has been so grateful and inspired by her education and the resources available to her through Rock Island High School, she wanted to do something big to give back.

After learning that the Special Education department wanted a new kitchen and living space, Molly decided that she was going to make that happen for the department and the students.

Due to Molly's persistent fundraising and commitment to the project, she was able to pull together the necessary resources and people to make it happen. During the ribbon cutting press conference on October 21st, Molly made it clear that, "without the help of the Tri-City Building Trades unions, along with Crawford Company and Art-O-Lite Electric, this would not have been possible."

The professional union installation of the washer and dryer system, kitchen sinks and plumbing work, lights and wiring, counter tops, and more will ensure "Molly's Kitchen" will be able to serve and inspire countless generations of students just like Molly.

Union members are first and foremost members of their communities. When the opportunity arises to give back, union members are more than willing to go above and beyond to help others do great work.

Here is the complete list of people who helped out with the project:

  • Tri-City Building Trades Council
  • Carpenters Local #4 - Bruce Werning and Steve Flogel
  • Electricians Local #145 - Scott Verschoore and Cory Bergfeld
  • Painters Local #502 - Robert Roe and Jacob Green
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #25 - Dave Keefer and Anthony Dejaynes
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local #91 - Randy Swanson
  • Crawford Heating & Cooling - Adam Isaacson
  • Art-O-Lite Electric

Molly's Kitchen Project at Rock Island High School

Left to right: Dave Keefer, Business Agent, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 25; Anthony Dejaynes, Member, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 25; Molly Thompson, Rock Island High School Student & Project Coordinator; Steve Flogel, Carpenters Local 4; Adam Isaacson - Crawford Heating & Cooling ; Rory Washburn - Executive Director, Tri-City Building Trades